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Halftime, 2-0.

Bart: Wow, my father an astronaut. I feel so full of…what’s the opposite of shame?

Marge: Pride?

Bart: No, not that far from shame.

Homer [quavering]: Less shame?

Bart [happy]: Yeah…

The Simpsons, “Deep Space Homer”

[EDIT: Still applies at full time, 2-3. More on this match and the tournament as a whole tomorrow.]

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Halftime, 2-0.

by Brian Phillips · June 28, 2009

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