10 lessons from the World Cup

Updated: July 11, 2011, 1:45 PM ET
By Roger Bennett | Special to ESPN.com

Before this Women's World Cup kicked off, I swore an oath to sit through every single game, a vow which at the outset felt like a daunting endurance test akin to Morgan Spurlock's Big Mac-only diet in "Super Size Me."

In reality, the experience has been a delight. The first 11 days have been an ecstatic athletic celebration, a big-game spectacle in which competition has thrived and storylines have abounded, both on and off the field. It's been a refreshing change from the scenes ...

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