This is the last international soccer reference you're going to get for at least the next four years, since the only time I touch on that subject is when the World Cup is going on, and it's going to be brief, but Sunday's championship game between Germany and Argentina was about 100 times better than the 2010 final, which I thought was rather dull (and which I wrote about, four years ago, and it was my last soccer installment before a few weeks ago). Both teams pushed and tried to create offensive chances through the match's 120-plus minutes, there was not much in the way of diving or faked injuries, and, most importantly, I wasn't too concerned with which team won. That probably makes me sound like a typical American fan, but it's true. As I said a few weeks ago, the only team I actively root against is Brazil, and it got demolished in the semifinal. So, yes, this was probably the best title game I've watched since France beat Brazil, 3-0, in the 1998 final.