Thursday, June 18, 2010. It's very quiet here in our corner of Germany. Serbia got the better of us today. Podolski had a chance with an "elfmeter," but it came to nothing. At the end of the loss, I could almost hear the entire country let out a huge sigh of disappointment. So ist dass Leben. Such is life. Football's a mighty big deal here. People don't take this lightly. Many people refer to the game as a religion here. Meanwhile, I hear that the Los Angeles Lakers became the big winners back home. So, we mourn while we cheer, and in a few years only a handful will remember the outcomes.