As Americans deal with their disappointment in the final score, it is heartwarming to think of people in Japan who have something good to think about after this year's devastation from earthquakes and tsunamis.
And, finally, in what might be a politically incorrect note, I repeat a joke I heard this week that was making the rounds amongst a group from the Subcontinent. It might explain why India did not have a team in the tournament:
India never wins soccer games. Whenever they get a corner they open a shop.