It caught our fancy, without a doubt. And the who, what, why and how of our passion for the Women's World Cup final raises plenty of questions about winning, losing and sports.
He came and we saw, and his skills still conquer explanations. Lionel Messi played in New Jersey on Saturday, and left our writer fumbling for the words that will define his greatness.
We'll watch. We'll analyze. Maybe we'll even play a little more. But as the World Cup begins, the question remains: Will Americans ever really "get" the game of soccer?