Archive for December, 2009

A Global Forecast For Soccer…

December 24, 2009

A new book by Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanski makes some daring soccer predictions, based on an economics analysis. The book is called “Soccernomics” and is at here (at least, it was in 2009).Among the predictions:

1) The US, Japan, Australia, Turkey – and even Iraq – are destined to become the kings of soccer.

2) England will never win the World Cup again (because it is a small country).

3) The US is likely to win the World Cup before an African nation does (despite the rapid rise of the sport in Africa).

I find these predictions astounding, and in my view, very likely wrong.

Data will be posted and show warming

December 6, 2009

British weather service to publish 150 years of data

LONDON (AFP) – Britain’s Met Office national weather service said Saturday it would publish data from weather stations worldwide and had “every confidence” it would show temperatures had risen in the last 150 years.

The decision comes in the wake of claims that British scientists sought to suppress data backing climate change sceptics’ views.

“The Met Office does intend to release data from more than 1,000 weather stations,” a spokesman said.

“It will be available on our website.”

He said the Met Office had “every confidence” in the data which would show that global temperatures had warmed up over the last 150 years.


Prediction made on Saturday, December 5, 2009.

Full World Cup Group Predictions

December 5, 2009

We’ll know in a few months…

See the blog by Martin Rogers on December 14, 2009: World Cup groupsYahoo! Sports .

Game 1 World Cup, 2010 England-USA

December 5, 2009

The big loser? No, not the U.S., which stands a fair chance of at least grabbing second place in their group — and advance to the second round — if it can bounce back from the mauling it probably will receive from England in its opening game on June 12 in Rustenberg, near Johannesburg.

By Grahame L. Jones December 4, 2009 | 12:39 p.m

Los Angeles Times