Now you're just stretching my gristle, Murray. Nonetheless, a begrudging nod to your boys. It was disgusting to watch the Sharks blow a 3-0 series advantage, that just don't happen. Too bad the Stanley Cup Finals ratings are getting blown out of the water by a game Americans are supposed to hate...soccer.
World Cup play has been largely quite excellent, with a changing-of-the-guard flavor about it. The "Groups of Death" have been tough for England, Spain, and Italy, contrary to expectations. I've been impressed by France, Costa Rica, the Oranje, Columbia and even Mexico. CONCACAF (North and Central America/Caribbean) has not embarrassed itself for the most part. My early pick Uruguay sorely missed Suarez in the first match (I'm a Kopite, remember..)
Tomorrow is a huge day for the US team v Portugal and Ronaldo, and the level of soccer interest and knowledge is at an all time high around here. The bars are all packed, the viewing parties in parks and town squares are everywhere, US v Ghana TV ratings rivaled that of the NBA final game, and it's no exaggeration to say there's a corner being turned in America these days. This won't change in the least if the US does not make it out of group stage, but if they do, all the better. Unlike some of my fellow hardcore ultra supporters, I welcome the bandwagoners and see this country on the cusp of a breakthrough.
To our English brothers, tough going, but part of me was with you. England could just as easily won both their first two matches. At least Rooney finally got off the schneid, but too little too late.