France v. Italy? That’s the final? That’s what we’ve come up with after nearly a month of high grade football?

I never held out much hope for the USA. Like many have said – sooner and better than I could – the USA just isn’t a football nation. Might never be, in fact. At least, not until ties are completely eliminated. So, I cheered on the Aussies – until they lost. Then I rooted for the English – until they lost. The last and final hope were the Germans, damned near unbeatable – until they lost.

Until this very moment I was considering supporting the Portuguese. Now what? I suppose the long wait for 2010 will do.

Man, I was so hoping for a rematch of 1940 – France v. Germany on the sacred soil of the Fatherland.

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