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Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference Championship

Measure twice, paint once.

I’m sure you’ve heard the admonition to measure twice before you cut once. If you haven’t, take it from me that it’s very good advice. You’ll save a lot of wood and grief by doing this.

But what about “measure twice before you paint once?” The grounds crews at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium where the Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference Championship was being played apparently hadn’t heeded this warning and painted the lines for the penalty box a yard too far in on each side. No one noticed until after the player warm-ups.

So, while 61,000 fans watched and cheered the worker who came on the field with a push paint machine, the players waited in the locker rooms nearly 40 minutes while the mistake was covered over with green paint and new white lines were painted.

Measure twice, paint once!

— Bob Flexner


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