"USA! USA! USA!" shouted the middle-aged man from his easy chair at about 2:15 PM Saturday... Yeah, I know I should have been preparing for Sloppy's birthday party, but this IS the World Cup, you know... Love this clip, followed a little later by this one... Brilliant job with the version of the Star-Spangled Banner. They used an instrumental version that was quick and powerful. That kind of crap apparently wouldn't work in the States... Still bothers me that I didn't get to what could be the only World Cup held in the USA in my lifetime; I would have thought with the United States' marketing superiority over other countries that we would have been granted another by now... I did manage to fit into one of my World Cup '94 T-shirts... Absolutely must credit ESPN for their fine coverage of the games so far. They have removed the ubiquitous ticker that crawls along the bottom of the screen, the limited graphics are sharp and clear, and they have remarkably little advertising on the screen during play... The announcers, on the other hand - how do I say this? - If you are a Eurosnob and think that games can only be viewed with British, Irish or Scottish announcers, then you've gotten your wish... For me, I'd prefer me some John Paul Dellacamera... My Saturday actually started at 6:30 AM with the Greece v. South Korea game... I've seen all of two games and parts of two others, and I've actually seen five goals in the first two days... While in New York in early July, one of the stops will be at either Kinsale Tavern or Ship of Fools to watch a Final Four game. My-Sugar-Na actually didn't say no. We spent the opening weekend of World Cup 2006 watching the games from a bar in Ames, IA. Of course, the best part of those games was clearly halftime... Now comes the long wait until Friday's game when USA plays Slovenia.