Thanks, soccer, see you in four years

Updated: August 5, 2002, 12:26 PM ET
By David Halberstam | Page 2 columnist

This is something of a confession. It has taken me some 36 years to realize it, but I am a fan of World Cup soccer, but not of soccer itself. For a long time I was loathe to admit this. I realized that I was hooked on the World Cup one morning this year when I got up a little early first to walk the dogs and then to watch the early games, even though the U.S. team had already been eliminated -- thus it was not pure Yankee chauvinism. But truth be told, I do it for the pleasure of the nationalism ...

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