Re: [NTLK] [Still way off topic] USA Qualify!

From: Jon Glass (
Date: Fri Jun 14 2002 - 14:22:21 EDT

on 6/14/02 4:14 PM, Jesse Garnier at wrote:

> Poland? At the end of the day, the U.S. may have indeed been the
> 4th-best team in the group, and instead they advance.

No, I'm afraid that honor goes to Poland. :-) I think that you had today,
that happy serendipity that occurs in sports. It is difficult to know how
motivation can make a difference, but I think that in both games, motivation
made the difference. Poland _really_ needed a win, so as to leave their
first WC finals without a solid goose egg, and a trump over the US was the
feather in the cap that they needed. :-) S. Korea, on the other hand, is
playing literally on their own turf, and absolutely _needed_ this win in a
way that Portugal didn't need. In the end, these two factors seemed to push
these two teams to the top. BTW, my wife was in a local shopping center when
the US-Poland game ended, and they announced the win over the loud speaker.
It was that big. :-)

Jon Glass
Krakow, Poland

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