Today is a good day to be an American. Today is the day we showed up. With the dice loaded against us, eleven men took the pitch and played their hearts out in a game the rest of the world thinks we have no right playing. Today is the day we advanced to the round of sixteen after a triumphant draw against England and an ego-shattering result with Slovenia. Today, we beat the Algerians in the ninety-second minute of play. Today Americans wail into their vuvuzelas offering ecstatic declarations of joy in a situation where all seemed lost. Today, we played football.