I feel great about what South Africa has just pulled off. It was great to see Nelson Mandela on the field prior to yesterday's final game, and the country that vowed to welcome the world without incident and with great hospitality...did just that. It was wonderful to watch. And while I understand this may make me a skunk at a World Cup party: that was a long way to go for one goal. I guess I have the American high-scoring sports sensibility that many others have, but that many minutes of 0-0 soccer brought me to the edge of my soccer attention span. Both of my children played the game -- and its become a staple of American recreation, if not American big-money fan support (on the level of the NBA, MLB, NFL, etc) for obvious reasons. I guess I like the 3-2 games better! What do you all think?
A story to watch this week: The nomination of General James Mattis to take Gen. Petraeus' old job as head of Centcom. It will technically make him Petraeus' boss, but everyone knows the name of the game. And some comments he made--about warfare, killing and the Taliban--have come back again. While he enjoys the support of Adm. Mullen and Secy. Gates, it will be interesting to watch the debate and how it contrasts with the unanimous Senate vote for Petraeus.
My favorite videos of the day: The annual mooning of Amtrak:
We hope you can join us for tonight's broadcast. We will update the effort to cap the oil well in the Gulf, and we'll take a look at the status of the relief and recovery effort in Haiti, on this 6th month anniversary of the quake.