Now that this blog has finished its group previews and its tournament preview and its USA-England preview — and now that everyone's all signed up for The Sports Section's World Cup pool — FIFA's been given the go-ahead to start the tournament. It began this afternoon with host South Africa earning a tie against Mexico. It will end on July 11 with the Americans as champions, at least according to half the Americans who took part in a recent survey. But what happened this week that didn't involve vuvuzelas?
Kobe Bryant's clutchness was debated.
That's it for us. We'll see you Monday.