I think that perhaps the most interesting thing that can be taken from the BBWC is that, as far as national teams go, in the USA the men's and women's soccer teams are now clearly the most popular national teams around. I mean, its not even close. The USAMNT sells out every single WC qualifier, and averages around 40,000 fans just for friendlies. The five USAMNT home WC qualifiers, when combined, outdrew the entire BBWC several times over. Further, the WC quarterfinal against Germany actually had a larger amount of TV viewers in America than either the USA-Russia semifinal or USA-Canada final in the most recent Winter Olympics (ice hockey). And the USA match was on cable, very early in the morning, compared to network primetime for hockey. And we all know that the USAWNT numbers in 1999, at least when they were on network TV, were even better. And we're not even talking passion here--every American watching USA-Germany actually wanted the USA to win. More importantly, there ain't no Sam's Army equivalent for any other national team. The '92 Dream Team is a distant memory, and Americans don't even seem to care that much that the current team lost. Team USA in ice hockey is still followed, but its popularity seems to have declined right along with the Cold War. As far as national teams go in the USA, soccer is far and away number one. Hell, El Tri is probably the third most popular national team among US residents. Maybe we really are a soccer nation now. And Gallup had the gall to not even include soccer in their poll. Do you believe in miracles?