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Mario Mario Mario: Balotelli goes ballistic (in a good way)

Soccer Euro 2012 Germany Italy

Italy’s Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring a goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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Really, is there anything else to say? The dude is ridiculous.

Thanks for coming, Manuel Neuer. (It’s so rare to see a world-class keeper so completely beaten.)

Mario Balotelli just showed the world why coaches put up with his not-so-cheeky shenanigans and, almost certainly, increased the already exceptional expectations placed upon his not insignificant shoulders.

The real question: How quickly does Germany respond? (I’ll take before the 60th minute.)