The Tuesday midday game was watched on ESPN and Univision by a combined average audience of 12.4 million making it the most-viewed World Cup semifinal ever in the U.S.
It was also the highest-rated World Cup game not involving the U.S. ever on ESPN, where records were also set earlier in the tournament for the U.S.-Portugal contest.
Curiously, viewership actually increased as the 7-1 blowout went on making it more like a car wreck on the freeway than a soccer game.
Los Angeles was the eighth highest-rated market in the nation for ESPN, while even more viewers were watching on Univision in LA.
It was that kind of day for Brazil (and its sponsors).
Experience the collective sadness of a mortified nation here.
Notable: online sports book Bovada.lv observed today that “70% of of the betting money was on Germany to win in regulation and 75 percent was on Germany to advance to the final.”
Odds on a score of Germany winning 7-1 were not offered (who would take that)? It was 250-1 for Germany to win 6-0, though.
Finally, what’s worse than being Brazilian and seeing your nation humiliated before a worldwide audience like that? How about being Brazilian and having a whole lot of World Cup-related merchandise to shift? Sales coming soon, I presume.
Here’s Ana Imbriale of Brasil Mania in Old Torrance (her young son, wearing a Neymar jersey, declined to appear on camera):
Speaking of bad timing: who will go to this event in Carson on the eve of the World Cup final now?
My wife has been fascinated by the televised art of arm-folding before World Cup games.
Turns out the folks at Slate were too and filed a blog post complete with hilarious GIFs.
Check it out here.
Omar Gonzalez is back to his day job as a defender for the Galaxy, but after Tuesday’s training session, he met with the media to share is experiences with the U.S. in the World Cup,
Gonzalez said the team was not affected by Coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s pre-tournament assertion that “We cannot win this World Cup because we are not at that level yet.”
“I tried not to pay attention too much to the media and how they can take things people say and flip them and things like that,” Gonzalez said. “Would I have liked to say, ‘Yeah we can get as far as we can.’ Maybe it could have been worded differently. I think that’s all it is.
“From inside the locker room he was nothing but supportive. He was probably our biggest cheerleader. He might have said that, but when we were interacting with each other, there was no doubt that he believed that we could do it.”
That’s a little tricky on Independence Day when many bars and restaurants are closed.
However, a few suggestions (and an interactive map is below). As always, call before you go.
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse in Redondo Beach continues the World Cup party Friday with the Brazil-Columbia game live at 1 p.m. on a 16-foot projection screen, samba dancers and capoeira (Brazilian martial arts).