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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Croatia'sIvan Perisic, center, celebrates his second goal with Vedran Corluka during the internationa friendly soccer match between Croatia and Mali, in Osijek, Croatia, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Thursday on TV: At long last, World Cup begins in Brazil

The 2014 World Cup gets under way today as the host country, Brazil faces Croatia (2 p.m., ESPN).

I have nothing against the Brazilian national team, but wouldn't it be fun if the first game was a huge upset and Croatia wins? (That is NOT a prediction, by the way.)

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