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World Cup as Powerball Lottery

This is exceedingly lame: If this morning’s Group C World Cup games finish a certain way, the United States will advance to the next round only if its name is on a ball drawn from a bowl.

UPDATE: From a reader:

The final tie breaker for the NFL to get into the playoffs is a coin toss.

In the NFL’s defense, it resorts to a coin toss only after a long season and a series of tie-breaking possibilities. In World Cup soccer, the drawing-lots option arrives after three games that frequently end in tie scores. Perhaps the World Cup should have a shootout after regulation, with the results counting only for tie-breaking purposes–anything to avoid the need to draw a ball from a bowl.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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