Germany 4 England 1

Last night my wife and I watched the Seinfeld episode where Jerry is forced to rerun a high-school race. As you recall, he'd destroyed the field with a false start. Nobody noticed except his bitterest rival. Everybody thought they had witnessed a miracle. After this amazing victory, he explains, he had never raced again. Friends begged him to; coaches begged him to. He refused, "and so the legend grew".

That is what we should have done in 1966. England should have retired from international football. Asked to take part, implored to compete, we should have said no. England, mighty footballing nation, why do you deny us your talent? We'll tell you why. Because we choose not to play.

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.

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