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The country will never leave me

Updated: July 12, 2010, 11:54 AM ET
By Paul Grant | ESPN.com

JOHANNESBURG -- The end of something big.

After 40 days in South Africa, it's time to wrap up this big, vital, engrossing thing called the World Cup.

As I watched members of our ESPN.com team go their divergent ways -- California, Ottawa, New York, Buenos Aires, New Jersey, Mexico City, London -- from the same airport, I couldn't help but feel a tinge of melancholy. We didn't go through war, although the food at the International Broadcast Centre had an unmistakable ...

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