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How would John Sterling handle Messi, Kaka, Surprise?

For those of us who are not soccer regulars, the World Cup has been an introduction (or in some cases re-introduction) to some of the sport's top play-by-play voices.

Ian Darke's call of Landon Donovan's game-winner against Algeria on ESPN became an instant classic, and so was the Spanish radio call by Andres ("Goooool!") Cantor.

All of which got Newsday editor Dave Whitehorn to wondering which American play-by-play men from other sports would be the best fits for soccer.

Surely, there are many who could do the job, but to me it's a no-brainer: John Sterling.

Often there is not much going on, so it's OK if his attention wanders at times, plus the ball is much larger and therefore easier to follow than a baseball.

Most of all, imagine the creative possibilities for goal calls with names such as Messi, Kaka and Surprise.

(Which, come to think of it, sounds like a tale told by a toddler's beleaguered parents.)

OK, let's get to it: Email suggested Sterling goal calls for players who have appeared in the 2010 World Cup. I'm at



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