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America goes wild: 21-year-old Brooks the hero for United States in huge win over Ghana

America goes wild: 21-year-old Brooks the hero for United States in huge win over Ghana

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Video from the Steel Stacks viewing party in Bethlehem, Pa. (courtesy @_magowan)

When 21-year-old John Anthony Brooks scored for the United States Monday night, he had the same result as everyone watching on TV and in the stadium.

Complete and total disbelief.*

*(If you have any great reaction videos from wherever you watched the match, feel free to post the link in the comments and we'll add them to the post).

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John Anthony Brooks

It was the first time Brooks, who was born in Illinois, had ever stepped foot on the field for the United States in a competitive match. And technically, by FIFA rules, up until about 40 minutes before his goal, he was still eligible to play for Germany, where he's lived most of his life.

He even has tattoos on each arm signifying his heritage: One is a map of Illinois, and the other is a map of Berlin, where he's lived most of his life.

Now, he's an American hero, as someone kindly put in his Wikipedia profile after the match.

 

There are some concerns for the United States going into Sunday's game against Portugal, namely the health of striker Jozy Altidore and defender Matt Besler, whose injury necessitated Brooks' appearance in the first place.

But, if the Americans can simply find a way to at least draw against Portugal on Sunday (6 p.m.), -- a Portugal team that had its doors blown off Monday by Germany and will be without its best defender against the U.S. due to a red card -- then there is almost no chance they wouldn't reach the knockout round.

We'll break that down later in the week. For now, go to bed with a smile.

The first five days of the World Cup have been jaw-droopingly good, and Monday night's USA game was a roller coaster of emotion that left me running around my living room in a frenzy.

If you're still part of the "soccer is so boring, no one cares" crowd, I honestly feel sad for you. Because the rest of us just had quite an exciting little Monday. As did everyone in these videos:

Inside the stadium from Randy J. Kim of NBCSports.com

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The final seconds at the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties (courtesy @KevinKCBS3):

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Fans in Kansas City react to Clint Dempsey's early goal (in slow motion):

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The final minute of the game at Fado in Philadelphia (courtesy of @Philly_Brown10).

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The American Outlaws Lancaster viewing party:

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Fans in Houston:

Fans in Tampa:

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J.J. Redick once impressed Ryan Howard with his baseball skills

J.J. Redick once impressed Ryan Howard with his baseball skills

Philadelphia 76ers talk is coming.

Members of the Philly media are meeting with Brett Brown today for their yearly before-the-season lunch. Then, next week, Sixers media day will be here.

That means Sixers' news will be coming at you fast like an undead snow bear messing up Thoros of Myr.

We got a nice little primer for that today when the Inquirer's Bob Ford wrote a wonderful read on the friendship between new Sixer J.J. Redick and one of Philly's all-time favorite basketballers in Jameer Nelson.

Nelson was with the Orlando Magic when Redick got drafted as an over-confident shooter out of Duke. He showed him the ropes and the two bonded over work ethic and a desire for honesty.

It's a really good read to get to know both players more closely. And hints at some of the reasons the Sixers went out and spent big money on Redick this offseason.

“It’s not always easy to talk to peers and tell them what they need to do,” Nelson says. “But he wanted to learn, wanted to get better. It’s a competition and it’s not for everyone. You don’t always find guys like that.”

“Something both of them have in common is honesty,” Van Gundy says. “Neither one is afraid of honesty. They were easy to coach because they liked to be told the truth, and they weren’t afraid to tell you the truth, either to a coach or another teammate. You never had to wonder what’s going on with this guy or anything else.”

Will Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz be receptive to hearing the truth, perhaps when it's not the easiest to handle? Sounds like J.J. is going to be telling it.

There's a fun nugget about how those Orlando Magic teams used to bond back in the day by Nelson bringing his teammates up to Philly for a week at a time during the offseason to play ball, but also to have fun off the court, like on the paintball field or at a Phillies game.

“My favorite one was a paintball competition,” Redick says. “We drove about an hour outside the city and divided up into teams and we went at it. That was a blast. Another time we went to the Phillies and took batting practice with the team. And the whole week, you’re riding together to workouts or just spending time, and you’re sort of out of your element, so you open up. I’d also mention that I had, by far, the best swing on the team. Ryan Howard told me that I looked like the only person on the entire team that had actually played baseball.”

Basketball is back soon and it'll be fun to watch J.J. play the mentoring role this time around.

>>How Jameer Nelson helped make J.J. Redick an NBA player, and got a friend in return [Philly.com]

From last night- father/son time at the ballpark ⚾️🏟.

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