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WORLD CUP, II: HYPING THE CUP, FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE?
Published June 19, 1998
In Pittsburgh, columnist Bob Smizik wrote that the "excruciatingly boring World Cup is being shoved down the public's gullet by media moguls, electronic and print." Smizik: "A vast majority of the population has very little or no interest in this tiresome event" (PITTSBURGH POST- GAZETTE, 6/18). But a WALL STREET JOURNAL editorial, titled "In Defense of Soccer," said that the level of play during the Cup has been "dazzling." From the editorial: "And as for those sportswriters who still don't get it ... they can always turn on the TV ... and watch something really, really exciting -- like baseball" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/19). I WALKED, I JOGGED, IRAN: Sunday's U.S.-Iran match is the focus of USA TODAY's Sports cover story, where Marco della Cava writes, "The Match is laced with tension, controversy and symbolism. And a soccer ball has yet to be kicked" (USA TODAY, 6/19). In Philadelphia, Mike Bruton writes that this is "one of the situations where sports can be the bridge to political reconciliation between global rivals" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 6/19).