Seven realizations from the World Cup

Updated: July 18, 2011, 2:10 PM ET
By Roger Bennett | Special to ESPN.com

Twenty-two days of sporting spectacle have come to an end, culminating in a showcase final between two relentless teams, each worthy of victory. The U.S. bandwagon can now be put back in mothballs as we wish the victors a hearty Mazeltov, Japanese for congratulations. This World Cup caused women's soccer to hurtle out of obscurity onto the front pages of every newspaper. The Girls of Summer have grabbed the American imagination. Here are seven realizations that have been indelibly etched into ...

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