Here I thought I had something special going when I picked 7 of 8 matches correctly in the Round of 16. My quarterfinal picks were just awful: only 1 of 4 correct. For what it's worth, my picks for the semis are Netherlands and Spain. I think that would be a great match-up for many reasons but mostly because they are both well overdue for a World Cup title and if they play each other, one of them would finally get to win. For the same reasons, I feel a match between 3-time champion Germany and 2-time champion Uruguay would be very disappointing.
So, of my original story lines, only Spain is left. I still say they win it.