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A newspaper in England has been banned from reporting on a kids' soccer league because it called a 29-0 defeat in one of their matches as a "trouncing," reports the BBC.

The Sheffield and District Sunday League said reporting on such losses in such language is too humiliating for the little tykes. It said that normally, no games with scores more lopsided than 14-0 may even be reported in the paper.

The editor of the Derbyshire Times said he would not abide by either rule. "It's pointless. If you play competitive sport, the scoreline's an important part of it," he said.

League chairman Matt Hardman said such reporting was cruel. "The children know they've suffered a heavy defeat and they don't need to see it in large print with words like 'emphatically trounced,'" he said.


Now, while it might have been nice to put a kid's game in kinder terms -- seriously. Banning a paper from reporting on something because it might make people feel bad? Give me a break. The editor gets props for displaying some common sense.

And, for the first inaugural Kerry Joke of the Day:

"Kerry has already begun his search for a running mate. They say that because John Edwards still has $50 million in campaign money, Kerry might pick him. Pick him? Hey, for $50 million, Kerry will marry him."
--Jay Leno
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