It’s come to the management’s attention that some of you are averse to scrolling repeatedly through a 5,000 word article just to get to the Comments section.  Well, here at the new-and-possibly-improved Brazil World Cup Blog, we aim to please.  So you can use this thread to talk for the next 12-18 hours or so.

I do plan on getting one more short article up before the start of the tournament, and then of course I will create a match thread for the Croatia game itself.  But for now, go ahead and use this. 

By the way, I do have a lot of ideas on how to take this site to the next level, including opening it up for people who would like to write guest articles…a common suggestion.  But I’m going to save all of that stuff until August, because I figure most of us will spend July either gloriously drunk, or miserably drunk.

I’ll leave you with this…

Vinicius de Moraes is one of my favorite Brazilian musicians.   This is him and his band (consisting of the great Toquinho) singing “Copa do Mundo” shortly after the 1970 World Cup.  Basically, they are bragging about how “the World Cup is ours.”

The best thing about it?  They’re playing in Buenos Aires…before an audience of Argentinians.

Check out the whole album “Em Buenos Aires” sometime, if you get the chance.  It’s a real gem.

Oh, and by the way – thanks for all the nice comments on the last thread.  It’s very much appreciated.