We need a new winner!
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.
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