Oooooh.... R10....droool Sorry, now, about football. I come from a country that pretty much sports=football. Like Constantinople duringt the middle ages and its chariot race factions, football teams are often more than just that. They bind in to the very fabric of society, including politics, entertainment and culture. To the point where in families you often have fathers and sons continuing their support of a team (like with other sports in the USA, many women could give a rodent's hindquarters about it). Going from there, I never had a real desire to watch football (I never even been to a game which is pretty much unheard of back home). The World Cup has something that I find really hard to put my finger on. It really feels like a lot of things stand still and not just in the organising countries. You even find people like myself interested. Because you have high levels of playing, often the best players world wide and in many ways the closest thing to what the Olympics were in the ancient times. Something that if even for a little while gets nations together that may detest each other feeling a little frendlier (witness Turkish fans congratulating and supporting the Greek national team once they had reached the finals of the Euro cup). I have been to baseball games twice while in the US. I cannot think of anything more boring in my life. And American football is all stop and go, something that is the opposite of a football match which is often more flowing and depending on who is playing, can have constantly changing tempo. I am finding it really hard to explain all this. P.s. yes I know what hooliganism is, and I am aware of unsportman-like behaviour and the sort. Does not change what I mentioned above though.