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Chris Erskine's World Cup reflections head into extra time
Chris Erskine's World Cup reflections head into extra time

Random thoughts while waiting for FIFA to hand out Oscars for best actor, best flop: Soccer needs a World Cup every year.... For a few weeks, the American team brought fans together in the way only football usually does, with beer, chicken wings, camaraderie.... There's something to be said for a sport with no timeouts.... On the plus side, Belgium has never won a World Series.... Weird Americanism of the week: Waffle House tweet "We don't believe in Belgium waffles." Or Belgian waffles, probably.... The U.S. could've been vaporized were it not for Spider-Man (Tim Howard) and a gritty, never-say-die work ethic.... Probably the most troubling stat:...

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