Without much more ado: Our final World Cup prediction!
For those just tuning in, the Des Moines Menace and Maniac, the team’s lovable mascot, have been working hard to predict the winner of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
All of Maniac’s plans have backfired, though. In our first attempt, Maniac predicted Kazakhstan to win it all. Unfortunately, Kazakhstan failed to make the Round of 16, forcing the Menace to take a new approach.
Running through a list of options, Maniac found a solution: use the Premier Development League players to settle it all! We took our men’s team, sprinkled in a few guest players, and the results have been mostly correct!
Our first round of games predicted the winners of the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals, and we asked you the fans to stay tuned for the epic finales!
Through the first two rounds, Maniac’s was 7-5 on his predictions, but only guessed one of the semifinalists correctly.
We are excited to unveil our prediction of the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner. For one team to stand alone, it took four rounds of games on a sultry, summer day at Valley Stadium. Maniac used all of his prognosticating powers and came up with this year’s champion.
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 Wednesday, July 9, 2014