Today Italy plays the Czech Republic. Ghana plays the USA. It’s for all the marbles. This gorup could really go anyway including sideways. Italy could finish on top of the group (thus avoiding Brazil next round), or they may not even make it out of the group stage. If Italy plays like they played against Ghana in the first match, they will beat the Czechs and go through top of the group. If they play like they did against USA, they will go home an embarrased disgrace, and there will be much handwringing here in Italy. It will be blamed on the football scandal here, but also on Coach Lippi, and Totti, who is an awesome player for Roma, but internationally has done nothing but get ejected from successive international tournaments (WC 2002, Euro 2004). He’s pushing 30, this is likely his last tournament. Let’s hope he and the Azzurri rock it like a hurricane. I’m wearing my blue shirt, supporting our boys. FORZA!