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September 18, 2014

HOT BLAST: What's he talking about?

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Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 10:00 am

“I don’t know if you call it a problem or a weakness, but it’s clear that the American nature is to try and make everything fair, to try and be fair to the game. That’s just how Americans are.”

(a.) An expert on the U.S. court system

(b.) a U.S. soccer coach

(c.) the winner of the U.S. Open golf tournament.

And the answer is ...

Tab Ramos, an assistant coach on the U.S. soccer team competing in the World Cup. He was talking to the New York Times about the reluctance of U.S. players to follow the normal pattern of flopping in order to win a referee's call.

The Times explains:

For better or worse, gamesmanship and embellishment — or, depending on your sensibilities, cheating — are part of high-level soccer. Players exaggerate contact. They amplify the mundane. They turn niggling knocks into something closer to grim death.

 They do all this to force the referee to make decisions, with the hope that if he is confronted by imagined bloodshed often enough, he will ultimately determine he has seen some. Applying this sort of pressure on the official is a skill that, by their own admission, United States players generally perform poorly, if they perform it at all.

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