It's been six days since the greatest show on earth got underway in South Africa.
Last night saw the first round of matches come to a close. There were the expected victories of Argentina, Brazil, and Germany coupled with the surprise defeat of Spain, a favorite of many.
The Jabulani and Vuvuzelas have sparked controversy, which is just as well since there has been little spark on the pitch.
Here, we look at five questions that round one may or may not have answered.
They droned on throughout the Confederations Cup in 2009, and now they drone on during World Cup in 2010.
Emitting a noise that has been likened to a "swarm of bees," the Vuvuzela is the musical instrument of choice in Africa. From the beginning to the end of games (as well as before and after), the Vuvuzelas can be heard around all the grounds from Durban to Port Elizabeth.
Television and radio broadcasters throughout the world have received complaints from irate listeners. Sepp Blatter has refused to ban them saying, they are part and parcel of African football.
While Vuvuzelas are annoying at first, six days into the tourney one's ear becomes accustomed to the noise, and the subconscious blocks them out.
We may miss the usual chants that go along with games, but for once Blatter is right—this is South Africa's World Cup and this is its atmosphere.
With a new World Cup comes a new football.
The current football, the Jabulani, was made by German giant Adidas and so far has incurred a wrath of abuse, with many blaming the ball for what has been a dull World Cup to date.
Prior to the World Cup Brazilian Number One Julio Cesar described it as similar to playing with a "beach ball," while England manager Fabio Capello and striker Wayne Rooney are the latest in a long line to have had a pop at the ball.
Capello said it is hard to "anticipate the trajectory" of the ball while Rooney was more forthright in his views, describing the new ball as a "disaster."
Certainly it seems to have had an effect on long balls been played, as cross-field passes from players who could usually put the ball on a fifty pence piece have gone astray.
However, South African manager Carlos Alberto Parreira has another theory explaining the lackluster play—nerves and players getting used to the ball.
Most teams are usually more cautious in the opening round of games while many teams are also getting used to the nuances of the new ball.
Hopefully, Parriera is right, and we'll get the goals promised by FIFA when the Jabulani was launched.
Sometimes it's easier to blame the tools and not the workman.
The Germans are an efficient team that always do well, but are not one you'd rush out to buy a ticket to go see.
Maybe not anymore after this World Cup.
Despite infighting with the DFB (German Football Association) that has caused Loew to be in the awkward position of having his contract run out DURING the World Cup, the young manager has his German side playing, and how!
After losing captain Michael Ballack and first-choice goalkeeper Rene Adler to injury, Loew made the brave decision to leave old stalwarts like Torsten Frings off of his 23-man squad in favor of having a new-look national team.
Against Australia, Loew had the youngest German World Cup squad in 76 years at his disposal with an average age of 24.9 years.
Off came the handbrake and out came the flair as young guns Mesut Ozil, Cacau and Thomas Mueller put four goals past their opponents.
The Australian team may have been weak opposition, but the Germans played with a style that has been alien to them for so long.
How often have you said—"Oh, yes the Germans are playing, I can't wait," in recent years?
After this World Cup you might be saying it more often.
Loew has a young squad that incorporates players from various backgrounds (Brazilian, Turkish)and is leaving its mark on the tournament.
Germany probably won't win the World Cup, but nobody will want to play the squad, and one can only hope it can continue to excite us along the way.
He may not deserve a medal but c'mon DFB, give the man his contract!
Every World Cup the English national side is waved away from Heathrow by an expectant nation that is led into a fever by the tabloid press and awaits the team's return with the most famous trophy of them all.
England is one of the biggest football nations on Earth and always has the look of a squad capable of going all the way.
Yet, it always gets carried away with its capabilities, ultimately gets knocked out after the group stages (on penalties) and arrives home, where one poor soul normally faces the brunt of the discontent.
In the past it has been David Beckham's fault, or David Seaman's for his bad positioning for Ronaldinho's freak (but on purpose) free-kick.
So who will be the lucky man this time?
It seems this year the media was building the team up and tearing it down pre-tournament.
The tabloids installed the English as World Cup favouites before ripping then-captain John Terry to shreds.
Maybe John Terry could be to blame this time?
Close but no cigar for the Chelsea man. Because no matter how far England goes in this World Cup (and it will get out of its group), when it inevitably gets knocked out (you can't win playing route one balls to Emile Heskey) it will all be Rob Green's fault.
Yes, his mistake was inexcusable, but did he really cost England the three points?
The USA looked like the better footballing side on Saturday. It was the team that tried to play the ball through midfield, unlike England, which bypassed Gerrard and Lampard in favor of route one to Heskey.
Fabio Capello also has to take his fair share of blame for some of his choices—taking an injury-prone Ledley King, choosing Emile Heskey over Darren Bent, starting an unfit James Milner in midfield, and isolating a frustrated Wayne Rooney.
Green has already been torn to shreds at home and abroad; he better get his tin hat ready for when the plane arrives back in Heathrow.
Here's hoping for more from the second round of games.