Yes, the madness for the World Cup starts years before players ever lace up their boots.
In fact, by the time 2022 comes around the world of soccer could completely change. However, you should wake up a little earlier than usual on Thursday morning, because there is the unique opportunity to find out if we get to be a part of that.
Just to get you excited:
Sounders party for the announcement
NYTimes thinks it's a safe bet
Dirty Tackle uses the same picture as some Reuters article
Offside tries to convince FIFA
More serious look at the dangerous politics that run world soccer
I'll be back later with a better look at our off-season, and with some lists...