I was hunched over my (read: Cary Beth’s) bed streaming the game on my laptop, and the video started buffering just before Germany’s final penalty shot. So fireworks started going off, and the people in the building next door started cheering and stomping their feet in Teutonic celebration a full 30 seconds before Cary Beth and I actually saw the winning shot happen.

Cary Beth thought perhaps people should wait to celebrate until Germany’s actually won the tournament, rather than just having qualified for the second-to-last round. I pointed out that if they did that and then Germany didn’t win, the fans would have bought all those fireworks for nothing. “Oh God,” she answered, “What do they do if Germany loses? Hang themselves in the streets?”