No matter your thoughts on those vuvuzelas, you must have a heart of stone if you didn't like hearing them when the host nation, South Africa, scored its goals. Its first strike was the opening effort of the World Cup and a beauty of a goal. The wonderfully named Siphiwe Tshabalala fired in a left-foot rocket against Mexico, but Bafana Bafana couldn't hold on, tying the match 1-1. Its one win came against the hapless French, and despite South Africa's being the first ever hosts to not make it through the group stage, there could surely be no more profound remark than that made by supporter Walter Ramagwalivha, who said about those you-know-whats, "We'll blow now with pain in our hearts."
Next U.S.A.! U.S.A.!