Top of the Morning, July 4, 2014
Now that the U.S. has been eliminated from the World Cup, we need a new team to root for during the rest of the tournament.
Time to borrow an idea from the boss, Jim Rossow, who suggested assigning the eight teams in the knockout round to communities in the N-G coverage area.
Using a yellow hard hat that sits on T.O.T.M.'s desk for some reason, the quarterfinal picks have been made.
Champaign gets to root for Colombia. Go buy some yellow, blue and red flags.
Urbana lands Argentina. That will be blue and white.
Danville nabs Germany. Black, red and yellow works.
Rantoul draws the home team, Brazil. You probably don't need to be told that is yellow and green.
St. Joseph earns the Netherlands, which favors red, white and blue. (No stars with the stripes.)
Mahomet cheers for Belgium. Lots of black, yellow and red.
Clinton takes France. Find some blue, white and red.
Monticello pulls for Costa Rica. More blue, white and red.
The games start today on the ESPNs and continue Saturday. Enjoy without the fear of the U.S. losing in extra time.
Now that we've got the World Cup rooting interests straightened out, time to plan the rest of your weekend.
Fireworks: Macy's Fourth of July Celebration,
7 p.m., WAND (NBC).
Nothing better than fireworks on television, unless you actually have the time and the cash to travel to Brooklyn for the real deal. Start practicing now: ooooh, aaaah. Repeat.
8:30 p.m., Encore.
It is apparently Nicolas Cage Day on the network. On a patriotic weekend, might as well watch a film about somebody stealing the Declaration of Independence. After my recent trip to the Archives, that thing isn't going anywhere.
Tennis: Wimbledon men's final, 8 a.m., ESPN.
It isn't as much fun without an American in the championship, but the venue is historic. Credit ESPN for paying special attention to the event, sending a top set of announcers to deliver the calls. If you don't feel like getting up this early, you can always pop in the movie "Wimbledon." A tennis classic.