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Gold Cup 2011: What’s Your Yankee Brew?

And it’s finally back!

These guys, um, yeah, they got it covered...

The Beer & Soccer Series. Bang!

Today, we offer just a morsel, a tidbit, a spec of the beer and footie pairings for your 2011 Gold Cup enjoyment. A primer, if you will.

And basically if you have a question–it’s the 2nd half and Panama is up 1-0 on the beloved States and about to take a corner kick. I need the perfect beer that’s going to knock that ball out of the box–it gets answered right here. Just drop it in the comments.

(Our first entry in the series. Our second here.)

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Now, Our Experts

Professor Free Beer Movement, educating on what responsibility really means when it comes to beer.

He’s the reigning winner of the Texas–that’s a BIG state–Social Media Award and he does it all with beer…and a computer.

Say hello to Dan from the Free Beer Movement He’s like the Xavi of soccer and beer. He’ll glady pass many around for free each game and watch his buddies celebrate.

Eric Giardini knows everything there is to know about Roma, Totti and Serie A. He hails from DC but he might as well be checking in from ‘da Boot. Giardini accurately predicted the Landon Donovan to Roma “news” when Thomas DiBenedetto became owner would be nothing but a rumor….4 months ago!

He’s just as omniscient about picking his–and your–fermentations as well.

Scott Riley is the head brewmaster at Die Hipster Brewing, the purveyor of such fine, smooth libations as Dax McCarthy Pale Ale and Kyle Beckerman Pale Ale. He’s also been paid to write about beer…by GQ nonetheless. You handsome devil, you, Scott.

This next participant was the classy digital media voice of Sporting Kansas City and is now doing damage as the “current strategist” for the new Sporting Club membership product.

He’s so connected in , so up on, tech that he knew about Foursquare when it was Threesquare. He goes by the name Kyle Rogers and he knows almost just as much about libation. However, he’ll gladly tell you the following is (was) his claim to fame.

Al Gore may have invented the Internet, but "Web 2.0" didn't arrive until Rogers says it did.

“Grew up playing sports against current SKC center back Matt Besler. He nutmegged me once pretty bad during a high school game, but it was totally an accident.”

Our next expert is John Nyen. A Liverpool fan, a Timbers fan, and from what we’ve heard, personally responsible for keeping Denver’s British Bulldog Footie Pub in business. His contributions are always valued around TSG as well.

World Football Daily is the only daily English language show exclusively, yet this next contributor goes by the name Rafa, but he’s a fan of historic Scottish team, Glasgow Rangers. Go figure. Nevertheless, Rafa Gonzalez, producer, World Football Daily.

…oh and our final panelist?

Well he doesn’t need any introduction.

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What’s Your Yankee Brew…Deux?

A few months, TSG gave you a Brewski Manifesto to guide you through a–cough–bevy of USMNT match situations.

TSG got our suds experts together again to correct the mistakes from our 1st piece...

Now, our experts–old and new–are back as we pose a few more upcoming scenarios for matching your beverage with your favorite protagonist, the United States Men’s National Team. Part II, better than the first.

Our panel:

He’s an insurance salesman originally from Des Moines, Iowa who likes model airplanes and leftover Chinese food.

Actually, he’s not. His name is Dan Wiersema and he’s back to help out a second time. Born in Milwaukee, and now a resident of Texas, the man is well qualified to talk a lot more than Shiner Bock.

Dan is the founder/lead writer of the grassroots, fan-based organization, the Free Beer Movement: helping “Build American Soccer One Beer at a Time.”

John Nyen might be from Colorado, but he doesn’t settle for banquet beer just because it’s flooded with Rocky Mountain water.

If you take a read through the comments of Part I of this series, you’ll see John’s litany of beer selections, many that only Norm has heard of.  John describes himself as “a Dirk Kuyt fan and firm believer in the fact that you really DO need to twist the boot to avoid the air bubble that forms from two liters of beer.” Um, okay…

I’ve seen Neil Blackmon of The Yanks Are Coming wear red pants. However, the young’s man prowess in offering beer selections and analysis on the USMNT is on par with the best. Listen to this youngster speak like a sage below.

A spy gets a skylight pic of the secret process to brewing Die Hipster Beer...

You want credentials! I want credentials…but can you handle the credentials?!

Check this. San Francisco resident Scott Riley is a head brewmaster at Die Hipster Brewing, the purveyor of such fine, smooth libations as Dax McCarthy Pale Ale and Kyle Beckerman Pale Ale. He’s also been paid to write about beer…by GQ nonetheless. You handsome devil, you, Scott.

(Advertisement: Oh, and need a little 2000-teens prog rocking mathematical angst? Check out Scott’s brewmaster-in-crime and fellow TSG Black Sox teammate Chris Hanson…jamming)

Snooki is hardly the best thing to hit the Garden State this past year.

That label goes to the American Outlaws New Jersey Chapter with co-founder “Joe.”

We couldn’t pry a last name out of him and his last known residence is North Caldwell. I wouldn’t mess with the new AO NJ chapter at the Meadowlands today…I’m just saying.

And let’s kick of your USMNT beer selections for a few forthcoming situations:

You are sitting down for a fireside chat with Sunil Gulati and Robert Kraft

Not many people know that Anton Peterlin played for the SF Seals...and not many people might learn about that either...

Scott, DieHipster: Need two different ones for this.  Gulati gets a Colt 45 to remind him that expensive youth club teams aren’t going to produce the USA’s Ronaldo.  Kraft gets an Anchor Steam Liberty Ale.  Liberty Ale to butter him up (Revs and Pats) and Anchor because SF should have an MLS team.  Kezar Stadium.  SF Seals.  Dare to dream.

Neil, TYAC: One is Robert Kraft, owner of the Revs and the New England Patriots, a consummate winner. The other is Gulati, who in addition to other titles is an economics professor at an Ivy-League college. All of this–New England, the Revs, the Patriots, the Ivy League- demands a beer with a collegiate feel. At base, this fireside chat is the soccer equivalent of an Obama beer summit, so you go for something old yet elegant.

Nothing says New England beer summit like New Hampshire’s Smuttyhouse Shoals Pale Ale, or perhaps more appropriately, something darker and bolder for when the conversation takes a turn to the serious, such as the Cambridge Brewing Company’s Charles River Porter. Both are widely available in the northeast too–so finding them shouldn’t be too tough.

Anyone else see the irony in selecting "Skullsplitter" for a sit down with Gulati? Curious...

John, DirkKuyt: Somehow I imagine this conversation to be exactly comparable to my beer of choice, Skullsplitter. Next we would bring out the Arrogant Bastard Ale, followed by a nod to the 2018 World Cup Bid that took a lot of Sunil’s time with a Budweiser.  If the scintillating conversation didn’t have me passing out at this point, I imagine the next logical step would be Amnesia Copacetic IPA. After that much high-alcohol beer we would probably be singing USMNT songs and watching the secret bid DVDs from the World Cup 2018/22 submissions. (Note: by the end we are all drinking Bud Light Lime and Patron.)

Dan, FBM: According to the Wall Street Journal, beer and cheese pairings are becoming more common so when we sit down with these titans of American soccer it’s appropriate that we bring something that goes well with Kraft’s biggest (most terrible) contribution to history: Kraft Singles. And while we’re at it, let’s nail down an official US Soccer corporate sponsor for Mr. Gulati and equally horrific contribution to our food and beverage history: Bud Light (St. Louis, MO). Two awful, generic products while squeezing in some brown nosing as we fire-up the Free Beer Movement PowerPoint presentation.

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Charlie Davies steps back on to the pitch and scores for the USMNT

Charlie Davies time...

Neil, TYAC: This is the one time you put away the fine microbrews  and opt for the PBR tallboy. It won’t necessarily be Horatio Alger when Davies scores again for the Yanks, but it will be embraced by the media as a “Rudy”-like slice-of-America moment. Nothing says America like a tallboy of PBR. In fact, if you’re at a pub and are able, you should buy a tallboy for all in your immediate vicinity. What a moment that will be.

Perfect selection Scott...

Scott, DieHipster: Water seems appropriate along with a promise to check in before curfew.  If I must have a beer to celebrate this moment, New Belgium’s “Lips of Faith, La Folie.” Pretty sure his Twitter stream and predicament make this one self-explanatory.

Dan, FBM: The return of Davies to the USMNT fold means a total resurrection of his professional career after his brush with death. To that we honor this with The Brewer’s Art Resurrection Ale (Baltimore, MD). Resurrection is an abbey-style ale where in the brewing process the yeast “dies” and is “resurrected” by the brewer. If Davies makes it back to the squad we’re getting some of this air-mailed ASAP.

John, DirkKuyt: While pulling an inverted stanky leg headstand dance in celebration, I would crack open a can of Squirt and remind the kids to celebrate responsibly. We don’t need any more life and death situations due to alcohol in regards to the USMNT.

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• Gold Cup 2011, some tykes, some veterans are playing

San Diego representing...

Dan, FBM: With the final of the GC’11 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California we’re packing a tailgating cooler full of local offerings. In particular some brews from one of our favorite breweries in America, Stone Brewing Co., just two hours down the freeway in Escondido. What do we recommend? Stone’s 14 Emperial IPA. Stone prides itself on brewing in the old tradition of British ales with their own “distinctively modern, San Diego-style touch.” Sounds like the perfect match of veteran guile and tyke wiles.

John, DirkKuyt: At the Gold Cup there is a good chance we will get to see some of our youngsters get a run out, but every youth team needs a steady rudder. Therefore, I drink Pliny the Elder in salute to the elder statesman who will attempt to coral the kiddos away from Twitter and Xbox 360 in order to play some winning football.

Joe, AO-NJ: First off, no Coronas, Labatts, Dos Equis, or Red Stripes allowed during Gold Cup play, and I don’t care if it is Jozy Altidore or Santino Quaranta playing.

Only a patriotic beer could be called upon in this situation, and my beer of choice would be a Yuengling Premium Beer, the oldest American beer on the market. It’s a lighter beer, so you won’t feel too full when you are celebrating Ale Bedoya’s double against a weaker Cuba side, but it is also goes down easily enough to drink away that draw against a sub-par Guatemalan side.

Bahamas beer...c'mon...

Neil, TYAC: The Gold Cup begs for summer brews, and the heat and possible tailgating involved means something lighter that can be consumed in quantities often directly proportional to the quality of the opponent. For example, a close game, at least for me, requires more sobriety so you go even lighter– a classic like the Bahamian Kalik Beer is sufficient. For expected routs, you don’t have to watch alcohol content quite as closely, so you can try a classic summer brew like Sam Adams summer or the light yet full in taste Anchor Steam Liberty Ale.

Scott, DieHipster: Die Hipster’s cabernet barrel-aged brown ale.  By then it should be good and sour and ready for us to distribute.

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• USMNT player Landon Donovan gets sold to a top four EPL team

Elegant...like Landomania...

Scott, DieHipster:  Of course by top four, you mean Spurs.  Give me this one and give me two beers for this.  One for his beloved Southern California and I’m going with Telegraph’s Reserve Wheat out of Santa Barbara.  Excellent interpretation of tart Berlinerweisse.  As for where he’s headed, Fuller’s ESB is fine with me.  Since Spurs aren’t shipping jerseys until late September, this deal has time to happen for me to call in my changes.

Joe, AO-NJ: First, a room-temperature glass of Korbel Champage, followed by an ice-cold 6-pack of Newcastle Brown Ale. The Korbel to celebrate the move with Landon (#10 said he had a glass of champagne to celebrate the WC roster) and then Newcastle is the perfect beer as it will also be the side that Landon will be scoring upon this winter.

Neil, TYAC: Find the beer brewed closest to the side. In London, this becomes more difficult, but Bass, the 200 plus year old beer from Burton upon Trent is a safe bet for a Landon Chelsea or Arsenal signing.

A Manchester United signing demands something stronger, because while this would be a great day as a USMNT fan it will most likely challenge the foundations of your club allegiances. Arrogant Bastard Ale comes to mind here even though it is brewed in California, because for me I’ll need something strong to accept seeing Landon in that ugly United shirt. Liverpool, don’t drink anything. Just find Chang Beer and pour one out for your homies.

...or maybe not elegance, but DOMINATION!

John, DirkKuyt: As a Liverpool fan I refuse to recognize the top four as anything other than Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and that glorified pub team from Manchester. I think the beer here is Nikaski Total Domination, mostly because of the soul crushing hatred the cross-town move would engender from the other half of Merseyside.

Dan, FBM: Going back to England equals one thing with two very different meanings for Donovan: scoring. Featuring in a top four EPL side could be huge for the LA Galaxy man’s career and luck with the local ladies. Already rumored to be courted by a number of English-sides and rumored to have done a bit of courting of his own in his last trip across the pond, we’ll celebrate his move with a glass of Voodoo Brewing Co‘s Voodoo Love Child Belgiam-Style Triple (Meadville, PA).

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Bob Bradley is anointed coach for 4 more years

A beer that comes in a tackle box...that's just cool...

Neil, TYAC: Depends on your feelings about Bradley. I like Bob, so I’ll just drink my favorite beer, Atlanta’s award winning Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale. It’s a safe choice, with a full body and big flavor, and in all likelihood it will be a pleasant drinking experience. Sounds about like hiring Bob again. If you don’t like Bradley– beer might not be the best route. Try tequilla. Or bourbon.

Scott, DieHipster: Yawn, but ok yawn.  With an announcement like this comes the time to build the “Bradley” brand domestically and internationally.

We need a craft brewer not exactly known for audacity or experimentation rather something consistent, organized and hard working.  This is a tough one but Brooklyn Brewery gets my nod.  Always well constructed, reliable and experimentation kept to a well calculated minimum with their Local 1, 2 and Hopfen-Weisse.

Joe, AO-NJ: WHEN Bob Bradley gets another four years at the helm, I will be celebrating with the “champagne of beers,” the always tasty and always cheap, Miller High Life. We look out for our own here in Jersey, and with Bradley hailing from the great Garden State, I will fully support Sunil Gulati when Bradley gets another four years. With overwhelming support from Sir Alex Ferguson, the USSF would be foolish to let Bob go at this point.

The guy is highly regarded as far as international managers go, over-prepares for every match, and most importantly seems to have the respect of our player pool. The Miller High Life vendors would be proud to call Coach Bob a Certified Purveyor of Miller High Life.

John, DirkKuyt: Domaine Chandon American Sparkling Wine. It does the job. We can afford it. It’s American. The people that have tried the European variety swear by Champagne, but we seemingly can’t afford it and it might not fit in with our group. This drink is typically chased by people sneak-drinking a Sanwald Hefeweizen and swearing that authentic German is the only way to go. (Note: this drink will give a huge hangover in 4 years.)

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Beer & Soccer: Algeria-Bombshell-Shutdown

This is a guest post by Dan Wiersema of the Free Beer Movement, check it out.

The Free Beer Movement is back! This is our last drink guide for the World Cup–we’re just too nervous!–so hopefully we’ll break through all of your extremely lowered expectations to provide some decent alcoholic liquid refreshments as your gnash your teeth and tear the wood off the bar through the US- Algeria game on Wednesday morning.

MB90: "I'm drinking Sam Adams, NOT YOUR HATERADE!"

You’ll have to forgive us for our last drink recommendations for the US-Slovenia match.  We gave you all sorts of great suggestions to whet your whistle during the game, but we neglected to mention what dedicated American soccer fans should have drunk in one situation (we blame Matthew for cutting our article length… it was in there in the first draft).

Hopefully it’s not too late to go back and look at one situation and corresponding drink that was left on the editing room floor.

Situation: Our boys go two down at half, Landon Donovan burns the face of goalkeeper, the coach’s son snags a desperate equalizer, and then Maurice Edu’s game-winner is negated by a massively bad call by an over-matched ref.

FBM RECOMMENDS: Samuel Adams “Boston” Lager (Massachusetts). A fine brew to sip on during those exciting times.

On to the next one.

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Beer & Soccer: Slovenian Sauce

With the Rumble in Rustenburg in the rearview mirror and an encouraging result in the bag against the vaunted English our Nats roll into Ellis Park the masters of their own destinies.

This SLOVENIAN beer is a complete "NO!" regardless of what time it is

In Johannesburg the U.S. National Team will face a very different challenge in the Slovenians, billed as a mirror-image side to the Yanks.

For the Free Beer Movement a challenge arises as well. Kick off for this match is not a sunny Saturday afternoon, but one as the sun is peaking above the horizon. Yes, that oddity in the drinking day: breakfast.  Across the nation Americans will awake to navigate the various early morning drinking laws of their locales. In some places (like our nation’s Capital) good government has triumphed and the suds will flow and in other places it will require a sneaky flask to “Irish”-up their coffee away from the gaze of the long arm of the law.

For many of us we’ll trade one of those double-fisting beer hands for a co-pilot of coffee. Either way, though, you’ll need to file away a few beer recommendations for the morning mow-down of the Zelen Zmaj (“Green Dragons”).

As we did for our US-England Drinking Guide we’ll provide a few situational recommendations to navigate your way through an American victory that will put us on top of Group C.

(Just as a side note… even if many of these beers are unavailable in your area/current season we’d recommend printing off a copy of each of these columns and keeping them close by for travels and what-not).

Hey Beas, you wake up! Game time is a tidy 4pm your time, c'mon man!

The Night Before: No late nights for you kiddo. There’s a big game on tomorrow morning.

FBM RECOMMENDS: Lay off the sauce. Don’t wanna risk missing this one. Sleep in USMNT jersey.

Roll Out of Bed: Dang…. Look at the time. Shake head. Yes! It’s like and EPL weekend in the summer. Roll of out of bed already in USMNT jersey. Lookin’ sharp!

Looks like Dan is changing his movement's name to the EAFMB...the Extremely Aggressive Free Beer Movement...

FBM RECOMMENDS: Skip the mouthwash and use Rumplemintz Peppermint Schnapps instead. You wanted to have your breath smelling nice, didn’t you? Might as well get some liquor in ya as well.

Pre-Game: Walk into the bar with proudly sporting that bed-head, but make sure you check the cheek for drool. No one likes a drooler.

FBM RECOMMENDS: Coffee! Stat! It’s up to you if you want to make it an “Irish” coffee, but we’re sticking with the black. Nothing clears the senses for taking in the Nats like a strong, black coffee. Once that’s down you’re ready for game time.

National Anthem: We’ve said it before, but… shhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

FBM RECOMMENDS: A nice, cold glass of STFU.

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Beer & Soccer: Donning America’s Boomstick

Long time readers of TSG will be familiar with this piece here that serves as your beer selection crib sheet for official USA functions.

Thankfully, one of our most valuable contributors, Dan Wiersema, founder of the Free Beer Movement is back with an update to that piece tailored specifically for tomorrow’s historic showdown.

Discount Dan’s knowledge and experience at your own peril tomorrow. He grew up in Milwaukee and he lives in Austin, Texas.

When will Landon get his own beer? After beating England, F'Yeah!

It’s been an up and down journey to this very day. USA versus England is FINALLY here.  And TSG has broken down the tactics, compared the line ups, the coaches, the fans, the media, the… whatever else there’s left to compare between the two sides.

But in this intense run up to the day we’ve been eagerly anticipating we’ve looked over one of the most crucial aspects of all. What are you going to be doing during the actual game? More specifically what are your drinking during each second and each subsequent minute of this nerve racking match up?

Not to worry. TSG and the Free Beer Movement has brought back our “Beer and Soccer Review Series” for another round (pun intended). This time we’ve got situation-by-situation recommendations what you, the American soccer fan, should have in your hand during the battle between the Yanks and the Wanks.

DISCLAIMER: Before engaging in any of these brilliant recommendations please make sure to appoint a designated driver. Preferably English as to ruin his or her day.

Breakfast: Really? You can eat at a time like this? It’s probably a good idea to bury those butterflies in a good base meal.

From Matthew at TSG: "Dan, I like Beamish...."

FBM RECOMMENDS: We’ve heard that Matthew is partial to Guinness (Ireland) over his oatmeal and we’re not going to argue with the man who pays us the big bucks to turn out crud like this. Two things that are good about this; 1) Guinness is Irish and the English hate the Irish so you’ve already set someone off in some grey and rainy corner of Britannia 2) Oatmeal is healthy and full of fiber. It’s like lining a hamster cage with sawdust; it’s going to soak everything up.

One Hour Priot to Kick Off This is the last time we’re going to mention it, so HYDRATE. Like any good athlete you are about to engage in fierce battle. It is important to properly load up on the ol’ H(two)O . Don’t like water?

FBM RECOMMENDS: The Landon Donovan endorsed Gatorade “Prime” Pre-Game Fuel (Florida). Is it good? Who knows! LD10 likes it and, therefore, so do I!

Within 30 Minutes of Kick Off: For God’s sake DO NOT get caught ordering a drink as the whistle blows. Get to the bar NOW. We recommend starting with another anti-English drink, the American India Pale Ale.  You know what makes the English really mad? Taking their beer and making it better.

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Beer & Soccer Series: 23 For South Africa

Special for The Shin Guardian.

FBM: The analysis you've really been craving...

Boy, that guy over at the Free Beer Movement is…blowing UP! Actually, TSG has had a longstanding camaraderie with the guys over at the Free Beer Movement. Along with the American Outlaws, they were one of the first supporter groups to validate TSG as a decent place to discuss pitch escapades and the Red, White, & Blue. If you don’t know about the Free Beer Movement, check it out… it’s a great effort to interest new folks in the global game.

Dan, who hails from Milwaukee, but now lives in Coolville, USA (Austin, TX), has been a frequent contributor to TSG’s comment section and lent a hand in the last in entry in the Beer & Soccer Series: What’s Your Yankee Brew? Check it out.

Dan is back today to match up a few beers with a few of the players that will likely be traveling down to Pinotage country (and a few that won’t) to do battle for the United States. Thanks Dan; 23 beers for South Africa.

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With the World Cup only a few months away soccer pundits across America are filling out their 23 tickets to South Africa for the United States Men’s National Team.  We at the Free Beer Movement have never claimed to be good at punditry (we’re usually drinking too much during games to take notes and the such), but despite that fact we’re going to give our picks to make the plane across the pond.

Frankie Hejduk raising the MLS Cup last year...likely full of suds...

A few caveats: We’re assigning each member of the Nats a beer that we think speaks most highly to whom they are as people and as players.  Is it random? You bet, but we’ve got nothing else productive to contribute to the American soccer community than tongue-in-check crap like this.

Additionally, we’ve never claimed to be any good at the “analysis” part of the game.  The players we’ve chosen to make the starting 11 and the final 23 don’t necessarily mean that’s our strongest side for South Africa (Example #1 is Frankie Hejduk… yup… he’s on board… but only because of our continued love affair with the “Great Haired One”) it means it’s either our best guess or because we found the perfect beer to match them with and that makes for better writing.

Lastly, we didn’t write this to get hammered on our squad selection from a “Where’s so-and-so” or “you omitted this guy and that guy”. We wrote it so you could get hammered with our creative beer squad selections.

Now suiting up for the U.S. National Team….

Thanks Dan...you have choosen wisely...

Goalkeeper – Tim Howard as Portsmouth Brewery “Kate the Great” Imperial Ale

* Kate the Great? We think they meant “Timmy the Great”.

* Despite the Evertonian’s taste for light beers we’re going heavy for the big man between the sticks.

* Generally one of the strongest types of beers and Timmy fits the bill.

* The word “Stout” originally was meant to describe someone who is “proud” or “brave”.

* Howard is a whole-package keeper and great in stressful/emergency situations (i.e. Confed Cup against Spain, 2009) and in an emergency a stout could be your whole meal!

* We’ve read before that Imperial stouts pair well with New York cheesecake and for this New Jersey native that’s close enough!

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