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Kassouf: Appreciating the moment

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Sports are about moments. Yes, they are about players and teams and fans and results, but at the heart of all those things are moments.

Some moments change games. Others change seasons, careers, or history. These moments are what define sports in ways which we will remember for a long time. For the thousands of soccer games I’ve watched, I often feel like my memory can fail me on specifics. But those truly defining moments are the ones which write history and embed themselves into our brains.

Often, that is how we view them — on a macro level. The goal which changed a game, the red card which ruined a season, the signing which turned around a franchise. Every moment, however, involves individuals, and that should not get lost in the scripting of the wider narrative. Sports exist and function because of the people involved on and off the field.

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