And by football, I mean, you know, the game you actually play by kicking a ball with your foot. As opposed to the sport where it's illegal to kick the ball with your foot, unless you're one of 2 players in 3 extremely narrowly-defined instances. (I tried posting this in "Other Major Sports," along side such less-popular endeavors as Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, Boxing, even Golf rates a slot, for fuck's sake. But the thread ended up being relegated to some sub-major status alongside lingerie football. Really? The world's most popular game is less major than the perennial excuse to dress badly known as golf—a game that's desperately, openly, fending off its own extinction? Never mind, I'm going rogue.) So anyway, this is only the second World Cup I've paid attention to from the start, so I bring no knowledge to the subject...but I figure I can't be the only BlackReigner who's watching. Wondering if there are any other observations from more seasoned observers. Limey? Welsh? London? Abelardo? Or anyone else, seasoned or unseasoned?