I’m in a hockey pool, which helps keep me tied into the game, and keeps my hockey fever stoked from afar. But I can’t help but wallow in the fact that I’m 44th out of 55 entrants. Us Italians were never a footballing nation anyway. We focus on football, which is why we’ve won so many World Cups. Oh, wait, I’m thinking of Brazil.

I’m now 42nd in the hockey pool, which is still shitty, but since shooting my mouth off about Brazil I’ve discovered that Italy has won 3 world cups, second only to Brazil who has won 5.