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Pressure Makes Them

I hope you were watching the Women’s World Cup just now. The U.S. team put on one of the most amazing, determined, come-from-behind performances you’ll ever see in sports, playing a man down and tying Brazil at literally the very last moment possible then winning on penalty kicks — all in the wake of an awful referee’s call in regulation time that nearly threw the game to Brazil by letting them re-try a missed penalty kick. The call was so bad that the German crowd swung wildly in favor of the Americans, with chants of USA!USA! throughout the extra time. This was Rocky on the soccer field. Unforgettable.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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