Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Waiting for Honduras 3: Lazy Wednesday

No original content today. Just like any other day.

Some other blogs are talking about Canada - Honduras.

Footie Fool:

Crap. Working in post secondary education means that this is the craziest time of the year for me…and always the worst time to update a blog. There is so much happening ahead of the WCQ games next week, I’ve got no time to update the blog!!!! ARGHHHH….

Team Canada arrives in Montreal
will have to suffice for now. This article also says that Sportsnet will be live streaming Sat’s game vs Honduras. Good news for me cause I’ll likely be working.. Not sure about Wednesday’s game in Mexico.

Ok, so what this guy's saying is that he's not saying anything. Fair enough. The Sportsnet live stream is a good catch on his part, and may be a godsend for those in the West or Pacific regions without access to Sportsnet East or Atlantic feeds, as these folks will be stuck watching baseball live and the match on tape delay.

Climbing the Ladder:
CONCACAF: 9/6 - Canada vs Honduras

With their first two group games at home, Canada cannot end up with only 1 or 2 points and hope to advance. They simply have to make home field advantage count, which they didn't do four years ago. Four years ago, these same teams met in a game that was also the second semifinal stage match. Canada allowed an 88th minute penalty to tie the game, then had a winning goal disallowed. It gave them one point from two opening home games. After failing to beat Jamaica last month, they need to win this time unless they want to repeat the last cycle.

Meanwhile, Honduras played great against Mexico for most of the game, but ultimately lost the lead and the match. They usually play better than Canada, but on the road this should be a very even and exciting match.
If you didn't click through and read the original post, you lost the context. The blogger is listing the most important September WCQs in all of the regions. I can't argue with the selection of CAN-HON as CONCACAF's biggest game.

Also, the increasingly meaningless FIFA rankings were released today. Canada slides down to 81st overall, and 6th in CONCACAF:

RankingZonal RankingTeamPts
Sep 08
+/- Ranking
Aug 08
+/- Pts
Aug 08
241Mexico Mexico8078Up57
282USA USA7883Up21
603Honduras Honduras5021Up-4
734Costa Rica Costa Rica4385Up24
805Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago41412Up35
816Canada Canada412-2Down0
847Suriname Suriname4050Equal9
928Cuba Cuba383-12Down-22
969Panama Panama365-4Down-14
9910Guatemala Guatemala3561Up-5
10511Jamaica Jamaica3393Up10
11212Guyana Guyana3156Up50

Let's compare this top 12 with the more reasonable ELO ratings:
1. Mexico
2. USA
3. Honduras
4. Costa Rica
5. Canada
6. Jamaica
7. Trinidad and Tobago
8. Panama
9. Guatemala
10. Haiti
4 out of the top 6 cements the "Group of Death" status, I think.

2 comments:

Footie Fool said...

"Four years ago, these same teams met in a game that was also the second semifinal stage match. Canada allowed an 88th minute penalty to tie the game, then had a winning goal disallowed."

I still have nightmares about that game. What a farce.

J said...

No kidding. " ... had a winning goal disallowed" doesn't come close to doing justice to the egregious officiating that produced such an emotional stomach punch.