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Euro 2012 Draw in Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: For me, the two storylines from Friday’s Euro 2012 draw were Groups A and B. Group B is the all-time, nastiest of the nasty, the one Group of Death to rule them all. Group A? Well, my rec league team could win Group A, and our median age is somewhere north of 40.
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World Cup Weekend Roundup

HOWARD MEGDAL (6/11, 6:10 PM): So the two first-day ties are being treated as equally shocking, but I don’t see them as remotely so. South Africa is the far bigger surprise here.

JASON CLINKSCALES (6/13, 10:00 PM): There are few things that I respect more in life, let alone sports, than when someone immediately takes ownership of a mistake under the big lights.

JASON CLINKSCALES (6/15 – 7:30 PM): Hard to not imagine what the rest of the world is saying: the boorish Americans are sounding off about the lack of scoring thus far. To be fair, it’s extremely difficult to score on this type of stage; each nation is fielding the crème-de-la-crème in terms of not just midfielders, but defenders as well.

JASON CLINKSCALES (6/16 – 1:30 PM): Switzerland’s win over heavily-favored Spain is already considered the biggest upset of the tournament and one of the biggest in recent memory. Yet, to call it scintillating would be an equally enormous stretch. Continue reading

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Plagiarism

AKIE BERMISS: In a story not unlike the Tavi narrative we dealt with last week, we’ve been drawn into a great debate over the nature of art by 17-year old Helene Hegemann and her critically-acclaimed and critically-decried new book, “Axolotl Roadkill.” Now, I haven’t read it and I so I can’t claim to have any understanding of whether her writing is excellent or piss-poor or whatever. But what we do know is she appears to have supplemented her own writing, in the book, with largely unattributed sections of other people’s writing. And when confronted with this accusation — on of blatant plagiarism — she counters with the excuse that she is merely “mixing” (as if she were a DJ or hiphop beat-maker).

Plagiarism is a simple crime. Like murder, you’ve either done it or you haven’t. Explain it away as you like: crime of passion, temporary insanity, self-defense. But at the end of the day — its done.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: When I was 17 I also invented weak excuses for my objectionable behavior, and I gave them to anyone who would listen to me. It’s what high-school students do well (apparently along with novel-writing, when they’re permitted to steal passages from other authors). Continue reading

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