So Iraq wins the AFC Asian Cup, with a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia and advances to the Confederations Cup, to be held in June 2009 in South Africa. The US will be there as well, having won the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Want to start a betting pool on the US and Iraq facing each other on the pitch? How karmic would that be?

Reading the highlights, the AFC Asian Cup Final sounds like it was a very exciting match. Bouncing the tying goal over the crossbar after the keeper misses intercepting a cross? In the 92nd minute? Too bad nobody other then Setanta had the final. I guess ESPN thought the pick-up sticks quarter-finals were more likely to draw viewers at 8AM EST.