On the parity thing, before the WC, I was saying there were prolly 4 teams capable of winning: U.S., France, Germany, England. And, that there were a bunch of teams capable of beating any of those teams on their day: Australia, Sweden, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Canada. Now, obviously, you'd add Italy to that list. And, the U.S. looks like they would play anyone, except maybe France, off the field. But, the U.S. hasn't played anyone. We'll see if we're as good as we look. Back to the point, the number of competitive teams has exploded this go-round. It's too bad that this tournament will probably be remembered for the disparity (due to including so many teams), than the parity. To me, this tournament represents a sea change for women's soccer. A revolution. I'm super excited for the knock out rounds. Going into it, there were, by my reckoning, 10 teams at the top of the pool - where on any given day, one could knock the other off. Now, there are 11, including Italy. Maybe the U.S. is a singularity, the greatest team of all time, and they stand above the pack. Maybe not. But, either way, the growth of the game over the last 4 years is astounding.