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Balls being annoying!

Balls was introduced as the April Fools' Joke 2009. For the entire day of April 1st and on several pages of the site, it suddenly appeared as the new Hattrick's online help application, quite similar to the controversial "MS Office Assistant" called Paperclip.


Balls in action
The addition of Balls to the game was touted with the following announcement:
Hattrick announces
I’m here to help 01-04-2008
Please welcome Balls, the Hattrick Assistant. Balls will always be ready to give you a helping hand when you need it, and he’s also designed to improve your Hattrick knowledge – for both newbie and veteran players!

Balls uses his artificial intelligence and neural networks to acknowledge what you’re up to, what you’re thinking about and when you’re in need of help. And he’s always happy to help!

Dear Balls immediately caused a storm of protests from annoyed users in the forums calling for an option to disable it - although many immediately believed that this was just another April fools joke. Only later in the evening did the following announcement appear:

Hattrick announces
April, April... 01-04-2008
The Hattrick assistant, Balls, may have been very happy to help, but naturally it was an April Fools' Day joke. One can also say it was our little tribute to Clippy the paperclip, the most famous "helpful" software assistants of them all. We hope you've had a few laughs during the day. :)

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