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Gambler’s Guide to the 2014 FIFA World Cup: Opening Matches

The 2014 FIFA World Cup begins in just over 24 hours when host Brazil takes on Croatia. Throughout the tournament Crossroads will be providing supplemental gambling material, updated daily, via the most excellent websites sportsbook.ag and fivethirtyeight.com. Nate Silver and Co. posted one piece comparing the probabilities implied by their Soccer Power Index to those […]

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Touchpad Drivers, Snowshoeing, Football, FIFA, and the Greatest Plays of All Time

There were some technical difficulties today, presumably all around the world and definitely in my own laptop. Specifically, said difficulties concerned my ASUS “SmartGesture_Win8_64_VER225” touchpad driver, or whatever. This was not the first time. I was Not in the mood. Technology ultimately prevailed, but has left me exhausted and weak, physically and emotionally, much like […]

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Did You Know You Can Bet on Things That Aren’t Football? More 2014 FIFA World Cup

Here I give you the 32 teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, along with their current Elo Rating (and rank) and Sportsbook.com’s odds that they reach the championship match (as of Monday, December 23rd). My quick hits include the significant favoring of Brazil, the general favoring of South American teams (on their […]

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World Cup Draw Wrap-up: ‘D’ Stands for Death

After my first glance analysis of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw on Monday, a friend told me about some other soccer rankings besides FIFA’s, namely the World Football Elo Ratings system, which like my friend is super terrific. There are other methods, such as least squares rankings (similar to football’s Pythagorean wins), or the FIFA Women’s ranking […]

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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Winners & Losers of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw

On Friday, a friend of mine on Facebook posted “Here’s to hoping my finals don’t go as poorly as the USMNT group draw.” “Oh sh*t!” I thought, and immediately checked the damage. My worst fears were confirmed. Well, some very bad fears, at least. The USA was in a certified “Group of Death”. With 184 […]