Meanwhile, three days letter, the Malian referee's decision against the United States still doesn't make any sense. But that hasn't stopped the Internet from trying to defend him:
* Andrew Das at the NY Times's soccer blog play-acts as Coulibaly's defense attorney, presenting a few photos of what look like equal-opportunity mugging in the box, just as Donovan's cross comes through. I'm still not convinced -- even the worst American offense, Carlos Bocanegra's seeming arm-hug of a Slovenian, seems cancelled out by the fact that that same Slovenian has him in a headlock.
* Mike McConnell at the Bleacher Report argues, somewhat more convincingly, that US soccer should thank Coulibaly: this injustice may do more than simple group-stage success to make Americans care about the World Cup.
* Whatever the cause, more people at home are watching. ESPN and Univision's ratings are way up from 2006.
* The ultimate vuvezela gallery. Make sure to check out the Materrazi-Zidane replay.
* And you haven't heard already, Team France has imploded: "Go fuck yourself, you son of a whore."