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New way to predict WC winner: Soccer tennis

 
 
We need a new winner!
 
Before the 2014 FIFA World Cup opened, the Des Moines Menace’s lovable mascot, Maniac, predicted Kazakhstan would win it all.
 
We, at the Menace, were deeply saddened to hear Kazakhstan did not advance to the Round of 16. Maniac took it the worst of all, but he has stopped sulking around the office long enough to come up with another idea of how to pick the World Cup winner.
 
Maniac brought the Premier Development League players together, and while brainstorming, games of soccer-tennis broke out.
 
Thinking quickly, Maniac saw this as an opportunity to predict the winner. The players were split into groups of two and assigned a country. The games were set up to follow the stage of the World Cup, moving from Round of 16 until one team stood victorious.
 
The winner was the first to seven points, but had to win by two. If the difference was only one goal, it became first team to nine. No smashing was allowed, and the team had to have two hits before the ball could be sent back over the net.
 
We predict the winners of the Round of 16 and quarterfinals in this video, and we will follow up with the semifinals and finals.
 
 
Rosters:
Brazil: Fernando Machado and Cody Winter                                                                                            
Mexico: AJ Jeffries and Sean Dong                                                                                             
Netherlands: Dylan Lax and Chris Hellmann                                                                                
Chile: Matthew DeWitt (intern) and Matt Homonoff (general manager)
Colombia: Brandon Fricke and John Lujano                                                                                             
Greece: Paul Blanchette and Tim Dobrowolski                                                                                         
Costa Rica: Tim Krautheim and Nico Wright                                                                                            
Uruguay: Charlie Bales and Ryan Howe                                                                                      
France: Mike Jeffries (head coach) and Jordan Becker
Switzerland: Jonny Macadam and Eric Ratcliff (equipment manager)
Argentina: Ryan Howe and Christian Castillo                                                                                           
Nigeria: Ali Sodal and Colin Whittie                                                                                            
Germany: Jacob Speed and Sean Hoek                                                                                      
USA: Jaden Irvin (equipment manager) and Grant Bell
Belgium: Mike Semenza and Mueng Sunday                                                                                           
Algeria: Alec Bartlett and Matt Kennedy (assistant coach)
 
Video and story by Matthew DeWitt; posted Tuesday, July 1, 2014
 

                                               



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