The plan currently is that I'll be going to South Africa in 2010 for the World Cup, so that will fulfill a lifelong desire. It will be hard keeping my eyes off all the international lovelies in the stands, though.
I bought last year's game and maybe played it less than 20 times. We were supposed to have a Madden league but it never happened. If I want to play it this year, I know that my friend that manages Gamestop will have a copy to play/borrow.