Steverino's World Cup Winner Pick...

Konichiwa you savvy and gregarious beaut...

I've never played soccer (football for the rest of the world outside of AU and the US of A)...

Unless you count my short stint as the goalie that one semester way back in 7th grade PE class...

I was no Tim Howard, but I had a bit of game for a short white kid from Kansas. 
 
Anyways, back to the point of this little post...

My pick for the World Cup Winner:

Japan.

Yes. I know they've already been eliminated. 

But how they exited, makes them the real champ in my book...

Talk about a class act. 

Un-freaking-believable...

Not only did they stay on the field after a tragic letdown from being up two goals only to lose in the last few minutes, but they went one step further (and so did their fans)...

Once again, they left the stadium and the locker room better than they found it...

How awesome is that?

What does that say about their values? 

Their character?

Their culture?

Their sportsmanship?

What would it look like for you to leave people and places better than you found them?

Smarter...

Kinder...

Stronger...

Better?

Just something to think about as we wrap up this first week in July...

Before, I go...

I did want to personally thank you for reading along these past 6 months. 

Ole Steverino hasn't had this much fun since, well, like forever.

Be honest...be you.

Steve Knox


PS. Forward this on to a few people who have impacted your life in a positive way. Someone(s) who has/have left you better than when they found you. And, say thanks;)