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webmaster | 08/08/12

Though not much of a soccer fan, I was mesmerized by the match between our U.S. ladies and Canadian counterparts Monday afternoon with the winner playing World Champion Japan for the gold medal Thursday. Our girls were down three times, came back to tie, and then finally win it in the second overtime. The women from our neighbor to the north played a spirited game, and to use an overused cliché, neither team deserved to lose.

Thursday should be just as good, with our team seeking a little revenge for our World Cup defeat at the hands — uh, feet — of the Japan squad.

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More feet. That would be singular, as in football. The Canadian pro league, with those weird rules, has already begun its games. But that’s due to the weather. I wouldn’t want to play the Grey Cup (their Super Bowl) in late January up there.

The NFL is just warming up this weekend with a lot of (true) exhibition games. Of course, it will be using college football referees because of yet another labor dispute. This time it’s not the players but the officials and the league. Over more money no doubt, but howzabout more money, but fewer mistakes by the officials? ...


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