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Emotions on the sleeve, for a change

Updated: June 19, 2010, 9:01 AM ET
By Jeff Bradley | ESPN The Magazine

RUSTENBURG -- So, I'm eating breakfast in my hotel near here. I'm getting ready to cover Ghana and Australia, and wondering if I'll finally see an African team win a game (a W today clinches a spot in the second round for Ghana), but I've got to use the next few hours to clear my brain and refocus on my assignment.

Because on Friday, I did what I swore I wouldn't do here in South Africa, and it left my heart and brain in tatters. What did I do? I went to a U.S. game. Brief background. ...

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