Ti Amo, Italia!
Sure, at times it seemed like they weren't doing much more than defending and falling to the ground in the dramatic agony footballers do so well.
Still, with Canna and Buffon shining, Italia played 90 minutes of grueling, aggressive, and admirably clean soccer.
As my mother-in-law put it, "they're such good boys. And so handsome."
I must say, at times I forgot there was a match going on at all, so distracted had I become with Horacio Elizondo, the ref for the match.
With Canna-like definition to his hot, 42-year-old body, the Argentinean Elizondo was oh so masterful as he gave France's most revered player, Zinadine Zidane, a red card, eliminating him from the game for really bad behaviour.
We may have to see more of Elizondo in our post-World Cup coverage. Out of a sense of balance, of course. Canna's 33, and the average age of the World Cup footballer is 29. But I suspect Elizondo's extra years of maturity tend to make up for, em, youthful exuberance. Although he is awfully fit...
Which are sexier and why, younger or older guys?
How do you feel about "much older guy" heroes, especially in historicals?
Encore! The cover of Italy's "Sports Gazzette" reads: It's True! They're the Champions of the World.