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Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony Parade Order of nations will be slightly different than previous years.

An interesting tidbit for the English-speaking world is that the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics will feature the countries taking the field in alphabetical order, but by the Portuguese spelling of the nations.  As such some countries, like the United States, which generally enters toward the end of the parade, will find themselves entering early on during the event with the ‘E’s under Estates Unidos. This has even led to the US television networks asking that this be changed, as they fear American TV audiences will quickly turn the channel after they see the American team enter the stadium. Something similar happened in Beijing where the teams entered by ‘stroke’ order of the Chinese alphabet.

In case you are wondering, the USA will be wearing Ralph Lauren again this year.

For a full list of nations in the order they enter, take a look here and plan you viewing accordingly.

Afghanistan                  Afeganistão

South Africa                  África do Sul

Albania                  Albânia

Germany                  Alemanha

Andorra                  Andorra

Angola                  Angola

Antigua and Barbuda              Antígua e Barbuda

Saudi Arabia                  Arábia Saudita

Algeria                  Argélia

Argentina                  Argentina

Armenia                  Arménia

Australia                  Austrália

Austria                  Áustria

Azerbaijan                  Azerbaijão

Bahamas                  Bahamas

Bahrain                  Bahrein

Bangladesh                  Bangladesh

Barbados                  Barbados

Belgium                  Bélgica

Belize                  Belize

Benin                  Benim

Belarus                  Bielorrússia

Bolivia                  Bolívia

Bosnia and Herzegovina                  Bósnia e Herzegovina

Botswana                  Botswana

Brazil                  Brasil

Brunei                  Brunei

Bulgaria                  Bulgária

Burkina Faso                  Burkina Faso

Burundi                  Burundi

Bhutan                  Butão

Cape Verde                  Cabo Verde

Cameroon                  Camarões

Cambodia                  Camboja

Canada                  Canadá

Qatar                  Catar

Kazakhstan                  Cazaquistão

Chad                  Chade

Chile                  Chile

China                  China

Cyprus                  Chipre

Colombia                  Colômbia

Comoros                  Comores

North Korea                  Coreia do Norte

South Korea                  Coreia do Sul

Côte d’Ivoire                  Costa do Marfim

Costa Rica                  Costa Rica

Croatia                  Croácia

Cuba                  Cuba

Denmark                  Dinamarca

Djibouti                  Djibouti

Dominica                  Dominica

Egypt                  Egito

El Salvador                  El Salvador

United Arab Emirates                  Emirados Árabes Unidos

Ecuador                  Equador

Eritrea                  Eritreia

Slovakia                  Eslováquia

Slovenia                  Eslovénia

Spain                  Espanha

United States of America                  Estados Unidos

Estonia                  Estónia

Ethiopia                  Etiópia

Fiji                  Fiji

Philippines                  Filipinas

Finland                  Finlândia

France                  França

Gabon                  Gabão

Gambia                  Gâmbia

Ghana                  Gana

Georgia                  Geórgia

Grenada                  Granada

Greece                  Grécia

Guatemala                  Guatemala

Guyana                  Guiana

Guinea                  Guiné

Equatorial Guinea                  Guiné Equatorial

Guinea-Bissau                  Guiné-Bissau

Haiti                  Haiti

Honduras                  Honduras

Hungary                  Hungria

Yemen                  Iémen

Marshall Islands                  Ilhas Marshall

Solomon Islands                  Ilhas Salomão

India                  Índia

Indonesia                  Indonésia

Iran                  Irã

Iraq                  Iraque

Ireland                  Irlanda

Iceland                  Islândia

Israel                  Israel

Italy                  Itália

Jamaica                  Jamaica

Japan                  Japão

Jordan                  Jordânia

Kiribati                  Kiribati

Kuwait                  Kuwait

Laos                  Laos

Lesotho                  Lesoto

Latvia                  Letónia

Lebanon                  Líbano

Liberia                  Libéria

Libya                  Líbia

Liechtenstein                  Liechtenstein

Lithuania                  Lituânia

Luxembourg                  Luxemburgo

Madagascar                  Madagáscar

Malaysia                  Malásia

Malawi                  Malawi

Maldives                  Maldivas

Mali                  Mali

Malta                  Malta

Morocco                  Marrocos

Mauritius                  Maurícia

Mauritania                  Mauritânia

Mexico                  México

Micronesia                  Micronésia

Mozambique                  Moçambique

Moldova                  Moldávia

Monaco                  Mónaco

Mongolia                  Mongólia

Montenegro                  Montenegro

Myanmar                  Myanmar

Namibia                  Namíbia

Nauru                  Nauru

Nepal                  Nepal

Nicaragua                  Nicarágua

Niger                  Níger

Nigeria                  Nigéria

Norway                  Noruega

New Zealand                  Nova Zelândia

Oman                  Omã

Netherlands                  Países Baixos

Palau                  Palau

Panama                  Panamá

Papua New Guinea                  Papua-Nova Guiné

Pakistan                  Paquistão

Paraguay                  Paraguai

Peru                  Peru

Poland                  Polónia

Portugal                  Portugal

Kenya                  Quénia

Kyrgyzstan                  Quirguistão

United Kingdom                  Reino Unido

Central African Republic                  República Centro-Africana

Czech Republic                  República Checa

Republic of Macedonia                  República da Macedónia

Democratic Republic of the Congo          República Democrática do Congo

Republic of the Congo                  República do Congo

Dominican Republic                  República Dominicana

Romania                  Roménia

Rwanda                  Ruanda

Russia                  Rússia

Samoa                  Samoa

San Marino                  San Marino

Saint Lucia                  Santa Lúcia

Saint Kitts and Nevis                  São Cristóvão e Nevis

Sao Tome and Principe                  São Tomé e Príncipe

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines                  São Vicente e Granadinas

Senegal                  Senegal

Sierra Leone                  Serra Leoa

Serbia                  Sérvia

Seychelles                  Seychelles

Singapore                  Singapura

Syria                  Síria

Somalia                  Somália

Sri Lanka                  Sri Lanka

Swaziland                  Suazilândia

Sudan                  Sudão

South Sudan                  Sudão do Sul

Sweden                  Suécia

Switzerland                  Suíça

Suriname                  Suriname

Thailand                  Tailândia

Tajikistan                  Tajiquistão

Tanzania                  Tanzânia

East Timor                  Timor-Leste

Togo                  Togo

Tonga                  Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago                  Trinidad e Tobago

Tunisia                  Tunísia

Turkmenistan                  Turquemenistão

Turkey                  Turquia

Tuvalu                  Tuvalu

Ukraine                  Ucrânia

Uganda                  Uganda

Uruguay                  Uruguai

Uzbekistan                  Uzbequistão

Vanuatu                  Vanuatu

Venezuela                  Venezuela

Vietnam                  Vietname

Zambia                  Zâmbia

Zimbabwe                  Zimbabwe

World Cup Countries by Population

Hong Kong, with 7.2 million people and a FIFA ranking in the 100s or so is nowhere near getting into the World Cup Finals this year, but it got me wondering if it is just a matter of not enough people to field a team or something else.  So I did a bit of Googling and came up with this list of countries in the World Cup finals, ranked by population.


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in millions

USA 318.2
Brazil 202
Nigeria 173.6
Russia 146
Japan 127
Mexico 119.7
Germany 80.7
Iran 77.5
France 65.9
Italy 60.9
England 53
Korea 50
Colombia 47.7
Spain 46.9
Argentina 42.6
Algeria 38.7
Ghana 27
Australia 23.5
Ivory Coast 23.2
Cameroon 20.5
Chile 17.6
Holland 16.7
Ecuador 15.7
Belgium 11.1
Greece 10.8
Portugal 10.4
Honduras 8.5
Switzerland 8.1
Hong Kong 7.2
Costa Rica 4.66
Croatia 4.2
Bosnia-Herzegovina 3.79
Uruguay 3.2

 

 

Would be interesting to do a list of countries by number of soccer pitches. I think HK would be at the bottom of that one, probably even behind Vatican City and Monaco.

The US Census did an interesting graphic on the World Cup and population. Let me see if I can get that in here too.

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USA World Cup Tiebreaker Scenarios in Group G

800px-Tim_Howard_USAWow, things can get quite complicated in the World Cup in just a matter of seconds. With the USA losing a win in the last seconds, the scenarios for tiebreakers in the next round are quite complex.

Using this guide of World Cup Tie Breakers, I’ve tried to summarize the potential scenarios for each team. This is a work in progress so if I got it wrong expect an edit or update.

Germany is into the next round if:

Germany Wins, or

Germany draws, or

Portugal and Ghana draw, or

Germany loses and Ghana wins, with the change in goal difference being +6 to Ghana (i.e. Ghana wins by 3 & Germany loses by 3, etc), or

Germany loses and Portugal wins, with the change in goal difference being +9 to Portugal (i.e. Portugal wins by 5 & Germany loses by 4, etc, or

Germany loses, and Portugal or Ghana do not win by enough to overtake Germany on goal difference AND on total goals scored.

Germany loses and Portugal wins and all other tiebreakers are equal, Germany would progress on the fact they already beat Portugal.

Germany loses and Ghana wins and all other tiebreakers are equal, then they would flip a coin.


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USA is into the next round if:

USA Wins, or

USA draws, or

Portugal and Ghana draw, or

USA loses and Ghana wins, with the change in goal difference being +3 to Ghana (i.e. Ghana wins by 2 & USA loses by 1, etc), or

USA loses and Portugal wins, with the change in goal difference being +6 to Portugal (i.e. Portugal wins by 5 & USA loses by 1, etc, or

USA loses, and Portugal or Ghana do not win by enough to overtake the USA on goal difference AND total goals scored.

USA loses and Ghana wins and all other tiebreakers are equal, the USA would progress on the fact they already beat Ghana.

USA loses and Portugal wins and all other tiebreakers are equal, then they would flip a coin.

Ghana is into the next round if:

Ghana wins and Germany loses,  with the change in goal difference being +6 to Ghana (i.e. Ghana wins by 3 & Germany loses by 3, etc), or

Ghana wins and the USA loses, with the change in goal difference being +3 to Ghana (i.e. Ghana wins by 2 & USA loses by 1, etc, or

Ghana wins and the USA or Germany loses, with the change in total goals scored enough to overtake the losing USA or Germany on total goals scored.

Ghana wins and Germany loses and the tiebreakers even out and Ghana wins a coin toss.

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Portugal is into the next round if:

Portugal wins and Germany loses,  with the change in goal difference being +9 to Portugal (i.e. Portugal wins by 5 & Germany loses by 4, etc), or

Portugal wins and the USA loses, with the change in goal difference being +6 to Portugal (i.e. Portugal wins by 2 & USA loses by 1, etc, or

Portugal wins and the USA or Germany loses, with the change in total goals scored enough to overtake the losing USA or Germany on total goals scored.

Portugal wins and the USA loses and the tiebreakers even out and Portugal wins a coin toss.

 

Video of the Rangers baseball fan falling from the upper deck

No, you don’t get to see the actual fall–thank god. And I hope they don’t actually show it because it isn’t something I’d want to see.

But the reactions of the players and fans to this tragedy that happened in Texas is pretty frightening.

FWIW, he got the ball. Another fan caught it and gave it to an usher. The usher passed it along to the team and they signed it before presenting it and other goodies in the hospital to the recovering fan.

Tracking the Olympics via Twitter

The NBC Olympics site is really trying some pretty cool things this Olympics.  They have Facebook pages and Twitter feeds (both of which allow you to submit questions to the on-air announcers), but one of the newer items is a real time Twitter visualization so you can see what the Tweeting masses are talking about as they watch the games.  This is a pretty neat capture of what folks are talking about in real time, and I can’t wait to see it tonight when some announcer says something dumb.  Will be interesting to watch.

More ships past the window.

Couple interesting vessels today. The first was a destroyer leaving Annapolis and making its way back toward Norfolk. Turns out it was the USS Cole, famous from the attack in Yemen a few years back. It was in Annapolis for the homecoming game (which Navy lost miserably to Pitt).

The second is the Gazela Primerio, a barquentine heading toward Baltimore for the annual clipper race which will be in a few days.

After the Cole was attacked it was ferried back to the US for repairs.

After the Cole was attacked it was ferried back to the US for repairs.

Navy wins but I need a nap.

Navy’s slot back ran for 348 yards on 19 carries. Navy won 41-13 or so, but quite honestly, I’m exhausted. Towson State threw the ball nearly every play and dropped it nearly every other time, so the clock moved about as slowly as humanly possible for a football game. Socked in the heat and humidity, and eventually playing to the point that the lights had to be turned on, many of the 31,000 didn’t even stay past halftime.

I’m off to bed now.

First (of many) protestors removed from Olympic events

While most Americans are watching the opening ceremony (on tape delay) the events have already gotten underway in China, with http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7550802.stm#mce_temp_url# (of likely many) protests. Two students attempted to display a Tibetan flag at the dressage competition and were promptly removed by security police.

For those who didn’t know, due to some of the equestrian diseases that are present on the mainland (but not in Hong Kong) the Olympic committee opted to move all the horse events to Hong Kong where they will be held at the Sha Tin raceway and a new facility built especially for the Olympics.

Is the best guy on the Orioles groundskeeper Mike Palulis?

The Baltimore Orioles are pretty bad this year. I’ve lost track of how many they’ve lost in a row, but it has to be over a dozen by now. Few people even bother to show up at Camden (I suspect a few of the DC folks are now heading to the UFO-style spaceship called Nationals Park located in DC).

There is one bright spot in Baltimore though. Mike Palulis, a dedicated member of the grounds crew. He is a fan favorite, and he runs with an energy (and speed) that actually gets the crowd standing up and cheering.

Did a quick search and there is no video on Youtube yet. There is a general one of the crew doing a ‘drag’ of the base lines but not sure if he is in it. There is also a picture on the homepage but not sure how long it will be there. We’ll see what the other bloggers come up with over the day.

Time to Watch the Tour de France is now.

Ok, if you’ve been uninterested or unmotivated to watch the Tour de France up to this point, the time is now to tune in. Coverage starts most days at about 8:30am on the Versus channel, which was formerly known as Outdoor Life Nework.

Yesterday the Tour started up in the Alps, where it will be for the next two days. The three top leaders are separated by all of about 10 seconds, and it is in the mountains that time shifts are the most vast. Tuesday and Wednesday see them up in the Alps, and this is probably where we’ll see the winner come forth, eventhough there is about a week of racing before Paris.

Or course there is now the annual drug issue confronting some teams, but there is also some criticism of the current Yellow Jersey holder Frank Schleck from his own team coach.

”I told Frank, if he wants to win, it’s going to hurt,” he said.

Tune in and watch the battle….