Best Uniform: Uruguay, for the insouciant way they wore their collars. No two players agreed -- should it be up, a la Eric Cantona; non-existent, a la Brazil, or all messed up? All messed up seemed to dominate. Worst individual performance: Ricardo Clark, USA. Phew, he was dreadful. Substituted after half an hour against Ghana? That's a starting pitcher giving up 8 runs in the top of the first. On two grand slams. No one out. In the post-season. Least enjoyable game: England vs. Algeria. Did anything at all actually happen?
I was en route home from South Africa yesterday—and still haven’t made it to D.C.; I’m sipping a Jamba Juice and typing in the lovely JetBlue terminal at JFK—so I still haven’t seen all 120 minutes of USA-Ghana. The last 30, however, I did catch during a short layover in Dubai. I was drained, the U.S. seemed drained. Maybe it was sitting in a quiet airport lounge, listening to play by play in Arabic, with just a couple of American fans in a small group around a flat screen.
South African star Benni McCarthy dropped for womanizing. The case for Ricardo Clark. How South African soap operas have promoted World Cup fever. Gabriele Marcotti: “30 players set to light up the World Cup.” The cult comic strip “You Are the Ref” Goal Post contributor Tom Vanderbilt's Twitter feed. England players on Safari! And, in case you missed some of our earliest posts, here’s Leon Krauze on the magic of Marquez and Blanco, and Luke Dempsey on England vs. the United States.