After its uncharacteristic optimism on the opening day, Early Boers can retreat back into its comfort zone: moaning about England.
The party atmosphere of Bafana Bafana fans even got the glorified Center Parcs that is Sun City rocking, but after they were pegged back to a 1-1 draw by Mexico it was time to turn thoughts to Fabio Capello's boys taking on USA in their Group C opener in Rustenburg this evening.
Moaning about England is all we have to go on, though. On the eve of the team's first appearance in a major tournament for four years, it would be good to know what Capello thinks about USA, but nobody thought to ask. Instead it was the same old lines: Are the players ready? Will Wayne Rooney control his temper?' etc.
Of course the players are focused. This is a World Cup, isn't it? As for Rooney's temperament, Capello rightly pointed out that the striker got through qualifying without any problems, and it should be no different now.
You'd think that, given the fact that press conference was filling up an hour before Capello was due to enter, someone would have thought to mention the oppo, but he has done an exceptional job in casting an air of deference over even the people who will one day bring him down.
EB feels as though it has read at least three different quotes from Tim Howard alone extolling the virtues of Rooney, but it is clueless as to what anyone in the England camp thinks about the team they face in what will be one of the most-watched matches of the group stage.
Perhaps an American journalist would have got to ask for the manager's thoughts on their team, but a Sky Italia correspondent's request to answer him in both English and Italian ate up the time for one final question.
Then again, maybe they're not that bothered either. As one (bandana-sporting)American hack said to EB afterwards: "I couldn't care less about soccer. We got so many other sports, and we're always world champions at those. I'd rather saw my own arm off than watch an MLS game." He obviously hasn't watched this handy guide on how to make Americans watch soccer.
The same thing happened before the March friendly against Egypt, when the African champions were barely acknowledged in the build-up. Admittedly, bemoaning the fact that the Pharaohs were not given enough respect would hold more currency if they had managed to qualify for this tournament, rather than inflict Algeria upon us.
At least one piece of solid information was gleaned: that Gareth Barry will not be starting this evening, despite taking part in full training for the past few days. That makes him the only player in the squad who is assured of his fate tonight, as the others will have to wait until two hours before kick-off before they are told if they are playing or not.
It was fitting that, after sauntering in wearing and England training top evoking the irreproachable Admiral kit of 1982 (an odd choice of sartorial recall, considering the lack of success it brought), Capello again highlighted his desire to see "the English spirit".
But it's worth acknowledging that, in that respect, USA are more English than England. For the Soccerball All-Stars, it's all about pace, strength and team ethic, and their lack of craft and creativity among the squad makes England look like Spain.
Of course, USA were good enough to beat Spain in a (semi) competitive match, something England have come nowhere near doing in their most recent friendly meetings.
You wouldn't know it from the way they have been ignored in the build-up, but the Americans pulling off a repeat of Belo Horizonte is not as implausible as you may think.
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Along with inhaling laughing gas, scoffing an overpriced, undercooked burger and watching trendy parents struggle to negotiate the mud with one of those flash three-wheeled buggies, a staple of the music festival is hearing all the wild rumours flying round the camp.
Prince is going to play the jazz stage on Sunday! Pete Doherty is serving falafel at a food stand! Michael Jackson's dead! Ah, well, you get the picture.
It's much the same here, as outlandish claims and counter-claims sweep round the media camp as quickly as the stomach virus that has struck down several journos in the last few days, and they are flushed away just as quickly.
A few people moved to cautiously acknowledge word that Thierry Henry had failed a drugs test just hours ahead of their opening match against Uruguay.
It all turned out to be a ridiculous hoax, of course, possibly cooked up by an Irishman, or perhaps the whole of Ireland. It might as well have been true, for all the use he was for Les Bleus as they stumbled their way to a 0-0 draw.
Henry starting on the bench in Cape Town may have been no surprise, but Raymond Domenech still had one ace up his sleeve: leaving Florent Malouda on the bench.
And there EB was, worried that the French were going to somehow get their act together and disappoint everyone be turning in a stellar performance. The FFF officials who backed Domenech to the hilt after Euro 2008 will be doing a lot of squirming over the next few weeks.
Still, watching 90 minutes of France staunchly refuse to harness the abundant talent amongst their ranks was all made worth when appeals for a Mauricio Victorino handball inside the area were flatly refused by the referee, just because it was Henry's strike that hit the defender's arm.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I was not happy after the first game we played here in South Africa and I spoke with the players the day after. They told me they sometimes have a fear of being injured during this game." - Fabio Capello certainly didn't get the English spirit he craves when his phoned it in against Platinum Stars last week.
FOREIGN VIEW: "I can't confirm that Didier Drogba will face Portugal, even though the recovery is going well," said the former England coach. And I have certainly thought about putting in place a plan B." Sven-Goran Eriksson reveals how much he has developed as a manager since he was in charge of England.
TACKIEST WORLD CUP TIE-IN OF THE DAY: "The hottest football accessory this side of the World Cup" - Footypants! If you get flashed a pair of these in Yates tomorrow night, it's dead cert.
COMING UP: Never mind 44 years of hurt, this last week waiting for England to kick off has been long enough. That comes to an end tonight though, and you can follow live text commentary of England v USA right here at 19:30, but not before South Korea v Greece (12:30) and Argentina v Nigeria (15:00)get us nicely warmed up.
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