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Why I love the World Cup

Bill Simmons still isn't a soccer fan, but he's got 10 good reasons why he IS a World Cup fan. And he'll miss it when it's over.

Updated: July 5, 2006, 12:12 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

Editor's note: This article appears in the July 17 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

My morning ritual used to go like this: Roll out of bed at 7:15, play with my daughter for a few minutes, suck down 185 ounces of coffee to wake up, then answer e-mails and zoom through Web sites for a couple of hours as "SportsCenter" blares in the background.

Then the World Cup started.

Much to my surprise, the 7:30 a.m. game quickly became part of my routine. Soccer, it turns out, is ...

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