Nostraballmus. We get your schtick man. "Oh, we didnt get a foreign coach therefore we wont medal and I can make asinine comments about it non-stop."
It's getting old man. It's even getting the point where you're jumping to assumptions about what other people are saying before even trying to digest what you're reading.
I mean, on what planet would anyone consider Spain, Lithuania, Argentina a "bye" for the Boomers? Clearly I was getting at something else. Clearly when I mentioned the format you should have read it for what it was rather than making a stupid half baked reply.
Shall I repeat? The best four teams of the tournament go straight to the semi finals. If Australia wins the group with likely Serbia, Brazil and Nigeria, or is the best performing second team, that is where they go.
Teams in USA's group will find it much harder to do so because they're more likely to cop large scale beltings to that team. So that goes beyond USA being "the only team anyone respects"
But please, continue on with your negativity and garbage, and replying to comments not as they are, but as you misconstrue them.