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Early birds get the football

Updated: June 13, 2002, 1:37 PM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2 columnist

A weekly survey of what's happening at the busy intersection of sports and pop culture:

Short column this week, folks -- gotta get some sleep before the England-Nigeria match Wednesday morning.

So, without further ado, here are five reasons it's a good thing we have to watch World Cup soccer games at ungodly hours of the night and morning:

1. It's cool

Who cares when or whether soccer will ever become popular in the United States? In my experience, American soccer fans ...

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