Yes, the World Cup is still going on, but with both the US and the UK eliminated over the weekend, I don't see myself watching too much more of it.
The tournament, however, did bring up a few thoughts.
For me, it will be whether or not FIFA -- soccer's governing body -- gets with the rest of the world and joins the 21st century by adding instant replay on goals. Both American and England had key goals removed off the board when officials blew the call. The US lost a go-ahead goal in group play when the referee wiped it off the board for a phantom call that no one has been able to see. That official has since been sacked.
England lost an equalizing goal Sunday against Germany when Frank Lampard's shot hit the crossbar and clearly bounced within the goal area. But even though the entire world saw it, the officials working the game didn't. Yes, England played terribly in the second half and probably didn't deserve to win, but how much of a momentum shift was that call?
FIFA keeps making all sorts of arguments as to why it isn't implementing replay -- the cost, deciding what calls get reviewed, tradition, etc. FIFA needs to take a page out of Major League Baseball's book, in which only home runs are reviewed.
Yes, balls and strikes get argued all the time, and earlier this year, Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers lost a perfect game on a blown call at first base, but no one is arguing that replay should be expanded in baseball. It's used on one aspect of the game in which umpires are generally not in a good position to judge.
FIFA needs to take the same philosophy, especially on the world's biggest stage.
Meanwhile, the other burning question will be how much will the World Cup get America on the bandwagon. My opinion is that things won't change here very much.
Yes, people were tweeting and Facebooking like crazy while the US was still alive, but there's been nary a peep since Saturday. Perhaps that extends from the American team's attitude of simply hoping to get out of group play. With that standard, making it to the round of 16 is a triumph.
Contrast that with Britain, or some of the other European powers that didn't advance, such as France or Italy. They go in every year with the goal of winning the Cup. England losing as it did will be considered a disgrace, blown call or not.
No one is expecting soccer to replace baseball, football or basketball in terms of popularity, but frankly, if having the actual World Cup being played in the US didn't awaken interest, I don't see anything short of actually winning it at some point to extend American interest any more.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: ABC Family is promoting its new teen series "Huge," which debuts at 9 p.m. It stars Nikki Blonsky as a teen who is sent to a camp for overweight teens. It follows a new episode of "Secret Life of an American Teenager." It's followed by a new "Make It or Break It."
Kudos for the network for taking on two key issues facing American youth these days -- body image/health and teen pregnancy.
On the networks, Fox is new with "Lie To Me" and "The Good Guys" from 8-10 p.m.
Meanwhile, NBC pushes "Persons Unknown" to 8 p.m., following it with a two hour "Last Comic Standing." ABC airs "The Bachelorette" from 8-10 p.m., followed by "True Beauty."
Finally, BBC America has "James May's Toy Stories" at 10 p.m., in which the "Top Gear" host takes a look at some of the interesting toys out there. Sounds neat.