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Pacific Time: Reporters talk soccer balls, Mexican flags and Lakers fans

June 25, 2010 |  2:22 pm

PacificTime_300x300Soccer fans at Caltech in Pasadena know exactly how to approach a controversy -- even one over a soccer ball in South Africa. Apply the scientific method.

An international group of soccer fans in the aeronautics department put the controversial Adidas soccer ball being used in the World Cup to the test. The Times' David Wharton talks about the test and their findings.

And fans can also contribute to controversy without blowing a single vuvuzela. Reporter Hector Becerra talks about how the Mexican flag, which has taken on a rather polarizing tint over the years, is making a return to the streets of Los Angeles on the cars of soccer fans cheering on their national team.

Last week, another team in another sport was victorious. (Remember the Lakers?) Columnist Sandy Banks was rather surprised by the reaction she got from her column on an evening's experience of wandering with fans juiced about the game but with nowhere to watch. She talks about the response.

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-- Michelle Maltais