Letters: Manchester City And All Tech Considered

Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read emails from listeners about Manchester City's soccer win and the revamped All Tech Considered segment.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

I'm Melissa Block and it's time for your letters, beginning with response to a story about soccer.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: He could win it. Goal. He's won the title, stolen from Manchester.

BLOCK: Soccer fans in Manchester, England have been waiting to hear that call for four decades. Their team, Manchester City, has long been overshadowed by cross-town rivals, Manchester United, but not this year. Over the weekend, Manchester City won its first English Premier League title since 1968, in dramatic fashion, two goals in two minutes at the very end of the game.

Yesterday, I talked with Jim White, sports columnist with The Telegraph. He's also a Manchester native and he described the celebration that followed Manchester City's win.

JIM WHITE: As you would imagine, small boys hanging from lampposts, people sticking their heads out of office windows. It was like a kind of collective broad grin, really.

BLOCK: Well, Ray Wallford(ph) was grinning, too. The English ex-patriot now living in Bakersfield, California writes this. It was wonderful that NPR recognized this achievement. Being a City fan these last 44 years can only be described as being born a Clippers fan in Los Angeles. Those moments at the water cooler can be awkward the day after a big match letdown and there have been many. Thanks again.

SIEGEL: Also, yesterday, we rebooted our weekly tech segment, All Tech Considered, including a new - and we think improved - theme song. So now, instead of hearing this...

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SIEGEL: ...tech fans will hear this.

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SIEGEL: Apparently, not everyone likes the switch. Boo, writes John Froind(ph) of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. He goes on to say, you dumped the coolest jinglet you have.

BLOCK: We appreciate your comments, even your boos. You can write to us by visiting NPR.org, click on Contact Us. And, Mr. Froind, if you're listening, here's a swan song just for you.

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