South Africa proved the doubters wrong and pulled it out of the bag -- on and off the pitch. One of the most enjoyable opening ceremonies most of us can remember, rousing but reassuringly brief speeches from
It turns out, almost nobody understands the offside rule! About 37 minutes into the opening game, South Africa's 'keeper
There were only two to choose from, and
Raymond Domenech's failure to act from the dugout as the second game of the day petered out ranks as some of the most catastrophically hands-off management we're likely to see in the next few weeks. When he finally did get it together, with 19 minutes remaining and Uruguay looking to steal a goal, he took
"Ladies and gentlemen, we as a country are humbled by this honor to host one of the biggest tournaments of the world. Africa is indeed happy. This is the African World Cup ... I declare the 2010 FIFA World Cup open" -- South African president Jacob Zuma gets the whole shebang underway.
Shots on target in South Africa v Mexico: 47 percent. Shots on target in Uruguay v France: 24 percent. The game was about 100 percent better, too.
Everyone seemed to come through both games today unscathed. Elsewhere,
It's the big one, England v USA.
There's also some other soccer happening: South Korea and Greece meet in Group B's first match, then Argentina take on Nigeria. The Koreans have a fast game but its success will depend on how well Greek midfielder