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Contemplating a World in Which “Joey Barton Courage” Is a Viable Google Search

I know it’s counterintuitive, but I’m just going to stick my neck out and say that there ought to be a limit to the morally redemptive and/or personally exemplary qualities we are willing to descry in the successful conversion of one penalty kick.

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Contemplating a World in Which “Joey Barton Courage” Is a Viable Google Search

by Brian Phillips · October 30, 2008

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