World Cup 2010 put South Africa on the map as the Olympics did for China. And they weren't scary about it. They know how to party, and they have the infrastructure. I wish I had gone.
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As the ringing of in our collective heads from the beloved/hated vuvuzelas subsides, let's take a look at the most important thing we've learned about the greatest soccer players in the world.
Now that the dust has settled on a group stage that left American fans drained, crazed, and finally in a state of religious ecstasy, what's next for Team USA?
We bonded when we went to see Brazil play Cameroon during the '94 World Cup. It was one of the great days of my life. It made me understand something about two worlds that I didn't know anything about.
As we enter week two of World Cup 2010, here's some of what we've learned so far.
A funny thing happened -- Team USA located its spinal column. They tightened up and did not succumb to the seemingly inevitable defeat which was staring them smack dab between the eyes.
June 12, 2010: USA versus England, the imperialist colonizers who taxed us with no representation, 60 years to the day after the greatest American sports upset you never heard of.
If Group G is the Group of Death, Group D is the Group of Do Not Resuscitate. These surreal pairings are just one of the reasons I love the World Cup above all other sporting events.
The more mojo, hoodoo and juju we can send through the power of our collective will to Team USA in South Africa, the more likely it is for our dream to come true.
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