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DP: France qualified for the World Cup with a late goal against Ireland that was set up by your handball. I'm Irish. Are you here to apologize?
TH: I said the game should have been replayed.
DP: Could it have been replayed?
TH: Yes, you could. They can make that decision. You know the  FA Cup final? Stephane Henchoz of Liverpool dove on the line and [hit] the ball over with his hand. The referee didn't see it, we didn't replay the game. They lifted the Cup right in front of me. I went home, and nobody cried for me. I'm just saying. You Irish guys [benefited from] a penalty against Georgia in qualification when it was never a penalty. I didn't see you guys crying for Georgia. That's the game. Let's face it: I wasn't proud of it. I did apologize for it. I said the game should be replayed. But I couldn't do more than that.
DP: Do you think there should be video replay in the World Cup?
TH: I think we need to put in video [replay]. How long will it take to watch the replay? Ten seconds. When you look at it, when there is a controversial goal or a controversial offside or that kind of thing, you lose more time arguing than if you would have showed the replay. Again, I'll say it: I do apologize to all the Irish fans. But I've lost games like this, and I've won one game like this.
• Joe? No Go
Peter Gammons of the MLB Network doesn't think that Joe Girardi will end up replacing Lou Piniella as the Cubs' manager. "He grew up a Cubs fan ... and it's played perfectly into his hand, because he can negotiate with the Yankees," Gammons told me. "I don't believe for a second that Hal Steinbrenner and [general manager] Brian Cashman will let him go, but this will make Joe a little more money." As for who might get the job, Gammons mentioned Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Valentine.
• Free Pass
Lance Armstrong finished 23rd in the Tour de France, but the bigger story surrounding him dealt with Floyd Landis's allegations that Armstrong had used PEDs. I asked listeners, If Armstrong did cheat, was it worth it because of all of the good Armstrong's seven Tour wins did in raising awareness and money for the fight against cancer? The results were interesting: 53% believed that if Armstrong cheated, it was worth it.