The New York Times is at your service with 984 ways the United States can advance to the next round of the World Cup (a list that's attracted 4,565 shares by journalists). "Not into soccer yet? no matter. This is still pretty cool," Arizona Republic's Elvia Diaz promised. Dave Brown at Yahoo Sports had one to add to the list: "985) Pretend to be Nigeria, which already advanced."
If that's not enough to make you risk staying home to watch, here's a helpful note to get you out of work (12,725 journalist shares, 23,109 retweets). "Sadly, won't work for sports reporters," Florida Today's Erika Esola pointed out.
And you'll never guess who's "joining" the American team (11,258 shares). "Will Ferrell crashes @ussoccer #fanhq in Recife and tells the crowd they're 'GOING STREAKING!!' into the next round," Andy McDonnell summed things up for us at 9 News Denver. Also, Financial Times' Chris Bryant warned, "Watch out Germany. Will Ferrell in USA starting lineup. 'I will bite every German player if I have to' (from 1min10)."
Both teams will have to watch out for drowning, though, thanks to some unbelievable flooding in Recife (7,896 retweets, 186 media shares). Even Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl could attest: "This flooding is crazy."