For the first time since 2002, the USA has advanced beyond the group stage and did so in spectacular fashion with a 91’ minute goal by Landon Donovan. The game against Algeria was very open, but the the United States had most of the chances and the officials even robbed the US of a much earlier goal by Clint Dempsey, incorrectly ruling that he was offside on the play. That call, plus the number of other chances for the US only added to the intensity as England scored in their final group game to put even more pressure on the US. It was win or go home, and we finally got that win. :)
One half in and Spain has dominated possession and play, but they have not capitalized on their chances and the score remains 0-0. Their two best opportunities came from a slick move by Pique which was blocked by the Swiss goalkeeper, and later from a run by Villa in which he tried to flick it over the top. The Swiss have not really threatened Casillas except for one opportunity early in the half off of a set piece near the 18.
So in honor of the debut of the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword I decided I would start playing Majora’s Mask. Only a couple of minutes in I immediately understood why I played it once when I was younger. The game is more difficult and much darker than Ocarina of Time, and the story is also much more complex, following several different strands with the then new concept of having a time limit. Anyways, I am excited about the idea of a new Zelda designed for the Wii, however, I was disappointed by its graphical presentation and the fact that the controls basically cater to whiny kids who like to flail their arms around like they have real swords.
As an added bonus to Nintendo’s presentation they also announced that the greatest game ever made, Ocarina of Time, is going to be rereleased for the new handheld 3DS. I am very excited about that latest development, although I could never justify buying another handheld system for just one game that I have already played 100 times.