Unlike the other soccer giants, the Netherlands is but a small, waterlogged country. Still, they punch well above their weight. When they lose, the go out with a bang, and their victor is so drained, it rarely clears the next round.
In 2006, Argentina and Germany held a civilized contest that ended ignominiously in penalties, and then, even more ignominiously, in a full-on on-field brawl. Two Argentinians and one German were punished.
For the last few weeks, people in Chicago, and indeed many across the country are declaring the Bulls the best fit for LeBron James.
If he uses his head, says WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout, he'll pick the Bulls, since they're the logical package.
We have two national teams. One is the European champion, while the other has the best player in the world. The two countries they represent are next-door neighbors. Now, how come this is not a Superclasico?