Counting on a World Cup Memory Hole

I’ve been enjoying the call-it-like-he-sees-it World Cup commentary of Ken Silverstein, Harper’s Washington editor. Silverstein, who once worked as a Brazil based correspondent for the Associated Press, hasn’t been shy about trumpeting his love for the Brazilians—or his dislike of the American squad. (“Mediocrity Uber Alles” was his description of the USA’s entrance into the knockout round of 16 after narrowly winning their round robin group.)

Today, in what one can presume is his closing post on the tournament, Silverstein congratulates the Spanish, slags the Dutch, and then gets out his crystal ball.

My prediction for the next Cup: Having already fired Dunga, Brazil returns to playing attack-oriented football and wins the Cup on its home turf, defeating Spain 3-1 in the final.

You read it here first. If it happens, I’ll remind everyone of this post. And if it doesn’t, no one will remember I wrote it. That’s the beauty of blogging.

Here’s hoping this post makes it just a teensy bit harder for the Internet to forget. See you in 2014!

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Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.