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Making modifications to the ball is a honored tradition in the U.S., and usually in the direction of helping the offense. So, at least the authorities and traditionalists seem not to have a problem with that.

One other oddity of WC football is how life-or-death ref and so on decisions are. When several or more goals are scored such errors and controversies diminish in importance.

But, I realize a lot of my complaints are really about the World Cup's consistently crappy brand of football. I never feel remotely satisfied that the tourney has decided the best team.

There's other, better football out there, where players know each other and the goal-scoring drought isn't quite as bad.

fairleft

by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Mon Jun 14th, 2010 at 03:08:37 PM EST
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