And it is all about the Americans....no not the team, the ANNOUNCERS! Balboa is an absolute nightmare on the microphone, if he was from Brooklyn and was an MC that would be a compliment. As the man charged with 'analysis' for the Disney TV empire this is trouble. He is stuck in the rut of 'the audience has no idea what is going on...if I tell them ONE side of an issue it can be passed off as gospel." Case in point - his continued criticism of the German back line for playing the offsides trap which was beaten with some regularity. He wanted Germany to man mark - with 2 center back over 6'4" there is NO way they could man mark Wanchope (or any other center forwards throughout the Cup). Balboa never stated this is why Klinsman had his Aryan soldiers trying to trap. We can go bball here - if you don't have the wheels to stay with your man, you can go zone to compensate....well the trap is a similar item. Best case scenario (see Italy!) is a Big man and a Burner in the center of defense. Germany doesn't have the combo and Balboa (a former SLOW center man himself!) did not give all the rationale. POOR.
So what can be done? If you are a fiend like me and can get Setanta sports you can see the whole cup via the German feed (picture is actually better too) and they have a single man in the booth. Even in Deutsche it is much more friendly than the American teams.