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Time off can be a double-edged sword in Cup finals

Originally Published: December 23, 2002
By Gary Jobson | Special to ESPN.com

There's always a sense of relief when you learn who the teams are for a big sporting event. It doesn't matter what sport.

So now that the Buccaneers and the Raiders are in the Super Bowl and Alinghi and Team New Zealand are in the America's Cup, the big question is: Who will win?

The Super Bowl will be resolved soon enough. But the America's Cup must wait until Race 1, Feb. 15 in New Zealand (Feb. 14 in the U.S.).

In past years, the America's Cup team earned their spot ...

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