During this monthlong extravaganza of soccer's grandest tournament, there have been some fantastic matches, full of heart-stopping moments, great football and unbelievable drama.
Unfortunately, Sunday's final between Spain and the Netherlands wasn't one of those games.
In fact, considering how good some of the games have been in South Africa, I would nearly go as far to say they saved the worst for last. It certainly left you wanting more. Everyone wanted it to be this fantastic game but it came up far short of expectations.
If there had just been an early goal, I think things might have opened up a lot more and it could have been an exciting final. Instead, it was just as I feared it would be: The longer it was 0-0, the more both sides were playing not to lose instead of trying to win.
It's not unusual for a World Cup final to be this tight. But coming off the 2006 title game between France and Italy, with Zinedine Zidane getting sent off in extra time for his famous head-butt and Italy winning on penalties, this one lacked the same intensity.
Considering Spain came into the final having won its three knockout-phase games 1-0, this result shouldn't surprise anyone. And the Netherlands hasn't exactly been the most prolific team scoring goals. So you got the feeling that whoever scored first was going to win it.
I thought the Dutch had a sound plan tactically. They put a lot of players forward and did manage to disrupt Spain's passing and buildup in the midfield. Arjen Robben's pace was a persistent threat for the Dutch and it took a great save by Spain's keeper, Iker Casillas, to stop what could have been a late winner by Robben.
But the Dutch never completely stopped Spain's possession game and you'd have to say the Spanish had the better chances, including early on, when goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg had to come up with a diving save of Sergio Ramos' header. And when it got to extra time, Spain again had more opportunities, especially when the Netherlands went a man down.
So I would argue Spain was the better team and Andres Iniesta's goal was well deserved. Others say Spain only scored because the Dutch were playing with 10 men.
Either way you look at it, the match was a bit anticlimactic because of all the not-so-glorious football that was played in the 115 minutes prior to Iniesta's goal.
But as the Octopus and I predicted, Spain is the champion. Yes, I believe Spain was the best team there and certainly deserved it. They weren't the most exciting or flamboyant but they were very economical in their play.
Will Spain's march to the championship be one that we all remember years from now? I tend to doubt it. I think we will remember a lot of other things first. Like how South Africa did the tournament proud, how colorful the crowds were, how teams like America and Uruguay never gave up and how close a small nation like Ghana came to making the semifinals.
For me, those are the type of things I will remember - along with those vuvuzelas, the crazy adidas ball that went all over the place and the poor refereeing.