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Monday “Meh” list: quick recap of the slightly overrated

Soccer Euro 2012 England Italy

Italian soccer fans react while watching the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between England and Italy in a fan zone in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, June 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)


Quick-hit list of people, places and things we noticed over the weekend that land on the over-done or overly praised side. Not necessarily awful but, you know, just “meh.”

  • Spain-France
  • Fernando Torres being “back”
  • Florent Malouda
  • England
  • Criticism of England today (Because, honestly, did anybody really expect something more given the talent available?)
  • Italian chances against Germany
  • Sitting back in defense
  • Journalistic stretching to tie the Greek-German economic skirmish to Greece-Germany on the field
  • Truffles
  • “Moles” in the German camp
  • Tight camera angles on the run of play
  • Rafa Marquez attempting any kind of defensive work
  • Roy Miller
  • Dismissal of conditions as a “dry” heat
  • Any MLS “rivalry” outside a very select few (both matches Sunday pass the “genuine” test, clearly)
  • Players who cite “passionate fans” or “passionate owner” for a new contract, as an obvious proxy for “big salary”
  • My own analysis of Sporting Kansas City as “back to early-season form.” Blek!