and the commercials were funny at the rate of a 10 million a minute or more, what's the dif who needs money? They keep trying to throw me these emotional curve balls. I used to swing and miss alot but these days it is like I'm dropping the bat as the ball is approaching the plate, I reach up with one hand eyes focused on the movement of the sphere and I catch it, stopping it's motion from fooling me. I look at the ball, I see the stiches, the imperfections and the contour of the little orb that up until now was curving past me. I notice it is shaped like a globe, it in it's idle state is easier to deal with and understand for what it is no matter how scary the curves seemed to be in the past. This is the now and we must never look away, we must square off and stop swinging at the decoy of a curve ball.
In case you were wondering, this is what was happening on the other side of the globe while America got to see the big game:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Coalition forces killed nine Iraqi civilians and wounded three others near the town of Iskandariya, a U.S. military spokeswoman told CNN Monday.
There was one child among the dead and two children among the wounded on Saturday. The injured were treated at U.S. military hospitals.
Lt. Col. Maura Gillen, a U.S. Army spokeswoman, said coalition forces were pursuing suspected al Qaeda in Iraq militants south of Baghdad when the incident occurred. No additional details were provided, but Gillen said the incident is under investigation.
"We offer our condolences to the families of those who were killed in this incident, and we mourn the loss of innocent civilian life," Gillen said. Leaders with the coalition force met with a sheik representing local citizens.
Iskandariya is about 30 miles south of Baghdad.
On Sunday morning, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official was killed when a bomb attached to his car exploded in western Baghdad, and four members of a neighborhood watch group were found shot to death in a house north of the Iraqi capital, officials said.
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The U.S. military also reported the death of an American soldier during a patrol in eastern Baghdad last week.
The Iraqi official, Lt. Col. Mohammed Ibrahim, worked in National Police Affairs, an official with the ministry said. Two police officers in the car with Ibrahim were badly wounded in the blast, the official said.
In Diyala province, the focus of a recent U.S.-led push against Islamic militants loyal to al Qaeda, the U.S. military confirmed the death of four young men who were part of a "concerned local citizens" group in northern Iraq. The men were 17, 18, 20 and 21 years of age.
Authorities discovered their bodies in a house in Baquba, the provincial capital, said Staff Sgt. Sam Smith, a U.S. military spokesman.
Concerned local citizens organizations are neighborhood watch groups that patrol residential communities and report suspicious activities to Iraqi and coalition forces. Their members, some of whom are paid by the U.S. military, conduct security support tasks such as manning checkpoints.
No group has taken responsibility for the shootings.
In Baghdad, a U.S. soldier died when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade on the east side of town on Thursday, the U.S. command in Iraq reported. His death brings the number of Americans who have died in Iraq since the nearly 5-year-old war began to 3,938, including 40 in January. Seven civilian Pentagon contractors also have died.
Elsewhere, a mortar landed on an Iraqi army patrol in northern Baghdad's Seleikh neighborhood at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, killing one soldier and wounding three civilians, the official said. E-mail to a friend
CNN's Yousif Bassil contributed to this report.
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