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This sentence about Team America’s crushing loss in the fifth America’s Cup race yesterday made me happy:

Team New Zealand leads 4 to minus-1 and needs five more wins to claim the oldest trophy in international sports.

That’s not a score you see very often, is it? Other things being equal, I’d normally root for the American team in any international sporting competition. But things are so very not equal right now, and I would really love to see Larry Ellison get ground into dust in this race. It’s true that he’s arguably not the person who originally turned the America’s Cup into a farce—one that’s now more a legal marathon and a loophole competition than an actual sporting event—but he’s sure done his bit to make sure it stays that way. Go New Zealand!

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