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They paved the way

Updated: August 27, 2004, 11:57 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- Let's forget the effect the U.S. women's soccer team has had on American girls for just a minute. How about its effect on American males?

During Thursday's gold medal game against Brazil, there was a little boy racing up and down the Karaiskaki Stadium aisles waving the stars and stripes while shouting Kristine Lilly's name. There was a bald man in his fifties who painted his entire scalp white and covered his face with an enormous red star. There was an entire row ...

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