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Halves or Thirds?


It’s high school soccer season for me (it’s winter sport where I live), and the season always begins with low-key scrimmages between usually friendly teams. Today, was just such a game.

Normally, varsity high school soccer games (not matches) are played in two equal halves of 40 minutes. But because it was a scrimmage and not officially a regular-season game, the coaches wanted to do something different. The home-team coach approached me and asked if I would be OK if they would play three halves of 27 minutes each.

I responded, “You can’t play three halves; you can play three thirds.” The coach responded with a laugh, a high-five and a fist bump, for he realized the error of his words. Then he paid me.

We played the three periods, so the teams got an extra minute.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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November 27, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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