Predicting the World Cup with the Soccer Power Index (SPI)
With the World Cup only a day away, all eyes are on Brazil. From tournament previews to the bookmakers’ odds, everyone is trying to figure out who will impress and who will fall flat on the grandest stage.
Fortunately for us, we’ve managed to procure the one thing that can definitively offer us the answers: The Soccer Power Index.
The Soccer Power Index was developed by ESPN and is a tool almost too powerful for the eyes and minds of men. It is the world’s first sporting precog. Its knowledge is earth-shattering, its power unmatched, its validity unquestionable.
The only question is: Can you handle it?
The Soccer Power Index is three feet tall and weighs 27 pounds (just over 12 kilos). It was being transported to Brazil from its birthplace in Bristol, Connecticut when we were able to make our move just outside of Bridgeport. We jostled it free from ESPN’s truck, scooped it up, and never looked back. After hours of decryption (nice try, Paul Carr), a number of trips to a local hardware store, and a regrettable number of human sacrifices, the SPI finally opened up to us, its captors, and told us everything. Our findings are below: