* Just as today's action begins, here are 30 mostly off-the-radar players to watch in this year's Cup.
* If you didn't read this in one of my earlier links, England's Frank Lampard apparently has an IQ of over 150. I gather that means he's smarter than Wayne Rooney.
And today's predictions are below -- and don't hold me to my various picks in the seven or eight fantasy pick'em sheets I played.
* Mexico 3, South Africa 1. An entertaining opener.
* France 0, Uruguay 0. In the group stages, France has acquired an unfortunate habit of playing ugly scoreless draws against middling competition. I hope