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OJ Simpson in a white Ford Bronco is followed by LA police in June 1994. Photo: Joseph Villarin/AP Photo

In the hotel bar of the Marriott in Parsippany, we had commandeered an arcade basketball machine, maybe not the smartest shout given the thirst in need of slaking now.

Copy filed on the eve of Ireland's showdown with Italy in the Giants' Stadium, our day-long pre-occupation with the triple-digit heat of New Jersey and a tournament already finding reference locally as "The World Cup of the Heat and Humidity Index" was beginning to dissipate.

So we began imagining ourselves onto the hardwood of Madison Square Garden where, that very evening, the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks were playing out Game Five of the NBA finals, orange balls suddenly caroming wildly off just about every corner of the furniture around an untroubled net.