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What if a World Cup kind of competition replaced war?

What if a World Cup kind of competition replaced war?

Like many other Americans, I tuned into the finals of the World Cup, but not so much to watch soccer as to discover why it has such world-wide popularity. I have been a lifelong fan of baseball and football. I have some interest in basketball, although I have difficulty identifying with athletes who have knee caps higher than my head.

As for soccer, I have never felt a desire to follow a sport where a 2-1 score is seen as a blowout and where players run around in shorts banging a ball with their heads and feet. I feel for them. Don’t they just wish, once in a while, to grab that ball by their hands and fling it into the goal for a score?

So why do millions — no, billions —...

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