While the refereeing has been nothing short of awful, and the play from some of the soccer power nations has been mediocre (England) poor (Italy) and absolutely disgraceful (the pathetic French), one thing I'm happy about is that we have English announcers to listen to. It was a listless experience in 2006 listening to U.S. announcers who knew little about the game, and I give kudos to ESPN for not trying the usual suspects and instead hiring the English pros. While I thought Martin Tyler was too subdued during U.S. v. England, I thought Ian Darke was terrific in our game vs. Algeria, and watching the other games has been a pleasure for me. I don't know if it's the accent, the vocabulary, the fact that I am a regular Premier League watcher, the knowledge of the game, or likely all of the above, but for me, listening to the English announcing these games just seems right.
somehow we're only 124th