Have you ever had a job that you really, really hated? You know the one—terribly long hours that drag on and on, mindlessly arduous work, passably intelligent coworkers, and a boss that no one in their right mind would even assume is human, but rather an incarnation of the unholiest evils more insane than a Canadian mayor. [Lightbulb goes off in reader's head- "Oh! THAT job…"]
Well, imagine having a job like that. Then imagine putting in your two week's notice. Nothing in this world—nay, nothing in this universe—will be a more welcome reprieve than when that last day is over and you can skip out the front door and into the sunlight, announcing your newfound freedom to whatever bewildered passerby you happen upon.
BUT. There's still the whole two weeks you have to get through first. And all you want to do is
burn the place to the ground go home and repress all the memories you've ever had about working there.
I've just described today's match between Brazil and the Dutch (albeit in a roundabout way). Neither team want to be here anymore. True—these players love their jobs more than most, but all any of them want to do at this point is pack it up and head home. No one enters the World Cup with dreams of finishing third. Honestly, do you think the Seleção want to play one more game after the 7-1 embarrassment levied on them by Germany? Or that the Netherlands want any part in playing again after having their dreams dashed against the rocks in a penalty shootout against the Argentines?
Not to get all Debbie Downer on you, dear readers. It should be a great game! Let's get to it.
Match of the Day: Can't Get Rights vs. Woebegone Wooden Shoesmen Have I mentioned that neither team will be fired up about this game? Well, that doesn't mean we can't be! These two sides are rich in history and talent. So who cares if they weren't good enough to make it to Sunday…Saturday's good too, right? I want to pick Brazil because I think there is NO WAY they phone-in a repeat of their performance against the Germans. But the Dutch were only a couple blocked penalties away from playing in the big one. I'll take 'em. My Pick: Dutch 2, Brazil 0
Player to Watch: Brazil's whole squad
Will Brazil put in one last inspired match in front of the home crowd, or will they choke…again? Anyone's guess, but it'll be really interesting to see how they respond today. If the Dutch score first, grab some tissues because Brazil will probably turn on the faucet. [Author's note: It's an emotional game, folks.]
Match Day Dish: Campari and Orange Sparkling Cocktail (Netherlands)
I know, I know. It's not Dutch. Or Brazilian. And it's made with an Italian aperitif. Have faith, dear readers—I haven't thrown in the towel. I chose this cocktail because I believe the Oranje will end up victorious. This drink color-coordinates perfectly with the Dutch ensemble. And it's Saturday, so… cocktail (doesn't everyone cocktail on Saturdays?). Mix this drink up, toast the Dutch for being almost second-best, and take some photos of your
debauchery sippy time. Send said pictures to our Instagram account with the hashtag #CLKickingDishes for a chance to win great prizes (details here). Enjoy the third place game and get ready for tomorrow's WORLD CUP FINAL! Cheers.
Total Time: 6 min.
- 1 1/3 cups sparkling rosé wine, chilled - 6 tablespoons fresh orange juice, chilled - 6 tablespoons Campari, chilled - Orange rind curls (optional)
1. Combine first 3 ingredients. Garnish with rind, if desired.