WORLD CUP, II: HYPING THE CUP, FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE?
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).