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Goalie's iPod save helps team win major soccer final

By recording, then viewing the tendencies of opposing players on his Apple device, a Manchester United goalkeeper manages to make a vital save in the Carling Cup Final.

I am not sure that those clever chaps at Apple ever considered this during the design process.

But in today's Carling Cup Final (Carling's a beer, the Cup Final is a soccer game in London) between the ruthlessly entertaining and just-plain-good Manchester United and the hopelessly brittle and just-plain-neurotic Spurs, the outcome was heavily influenced by the iconic music player.

The game ended in a scoreless tie. So Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster knew that he would have to face penalty kicks.

Penalties are like foreplay. People have tendencies. So in the very short break between the end of the game and the penalty shoot-out, Foster and his goalkeeping coach, Eric Steele, shared an iPod moment.

Many of the Manchester United players are, in fact, interchangeable robots. They merely stick human heads and feet on them. CC Edwin 11

They weren't humming along to "Eye of the Tiger," nor even to any desperate Queen tune that is played at every sporting event. Instead, Steele had recorded the tendencies of the opponents' penalty takers. Those of Jamie O'Hara, for one.

"I'd been told (that) if O'Hara took a kick...he would probably go to my left," Foster told the Sun, recalling how the information recorded on his iPod helped him out. "It was great; that was exactly what happened, and I managed to get a hand to it."

Thanks to Foster's save, the United beat the Spurs 4 to 1 on penalties and, as you're reading this, the players' heads are feeling as if they have been subjected to unsafe decibel levels. The cause, however, will probably have been somewhat liquid.

One can only look forward to the day when the New York Giants' Plaxico Burress begins a play, wearing his iPod and studying the opposing cornerback's tendencies.

Perhaps he could also download a basic firearm safety video to watch during time-outs.