Friday, June 18, 2010

How bad was that call?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 10:32 AM

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OK, if you were watching the United States-Slovenia World Cup soccer game this morning, you're excused for having a major case of nausea the rest of the day.

First there was the Americans' awful start, trailing 2-0 at halftime. Then the spirited comeback, tying the score with plenty of time to pull off what would have been a miraculous victory.

And, in fact, the U.S. scored that third goal, but Maurice Edu was denied the chance to become an instant national hero, when his goal was disallowed by an offside call.

In response, ESPN.com put up an immediate online poll, asking viewers to vote which was worse: the call that negated Edu's goal, or baseball umpire Jim Joyce's wrong call at first base that denied Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game (because it would've been the final out).

Already, there have been about 18,000 votes, and more than 60 percent are going with the soccer call today that led to the 2-2 tie.

Sorry, but ruining a major-league pitcher's perfect game was worse in my book.

Thoughts, anyone?

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