I have the touch of death. After pretty much every team I picked died, I decided to test it today on Argentina and Spain. It REALLY worked on Argentina, and it almost worked on Spain except that I can't take the PK for them too. So I give my picks with the hilarious expectation that I may be screwing them over.
Uruguay vs. Netherlands
Uruguay got lucky winning a PK battle against Japan. If Japan won, I would have had a chance to get money in my betting pool. Uruguay has been riding great d and dumping the ball to Forlan. My Fool's Gold pick Netherlands rides a Brazil breakdown into the semis. I still think Netherlands is Fool's Gold, but the United States could beat Uruguay. So to curse the Netherlands, they should win this easily by three goals.
Germany vs. Spain
I argued that Spain was loaded and should make the finals and that Germany was better without Ballack, but was also Fool's Gold. I still stand by both claims. Germany is a great team on the counter. If Spain falls behind, the game is over. Spain will need to play a high possession game in order to pull through. DO NOT LET GERMANY SCORE FIRST.