With every World Cup comes the question of whether this one will be the one that makes the U.S. finally fall in love with soccer. An anecdotal survey of bars and fans during Brazil 2014 suggests that this one was indeed different. But maybe it's the question that's the problem.
There's a constant sense of anxious and somewhat self-pitying among those cheering for England in the World Cup, as there generally is. But there's no curse at work, here: just a bunch of things that needed to change, and which may finally be changing, and the stubborn urge to watch it happen.
For a generation, Manchester United stood for a certain way of being a soccer team. They were never really that, of course, but that was never quite the point.
The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is dramatic enough without anything more than sentiment riding the games. It's a purer madness with money on everything, and watching from Las Vegas.
With Roger Federer's victory on Center Court yesterday, the greatest player in the history of tennis has arrived at the top of the mountain. Again.