Overanalyzing America and soccer, MSNBC edition

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Conservative columnist Ann Coulter started us down the path to overanalyzing the 2014 World Cup last week with a perfectly silly column about the collectivist nature of soccer.

Her article, which inspired groans everywhere, was soon followed by a column at the Atlantic, which claimed that the people in America who support soccer look "a lot like the coalition that got Obama elected."

And in case you needed further analysis of the relationship between soccer and the republic, we now have MSNBC’s Chris Hayes with the smartest of smart takes.

While commenting on the U.S. men’s team 2-1 loss to Belgium Tuesday, Hayes criticized America's “anti-soccer trolls” whose opposition to the sport is “weirdly tied to American exceptionalism.”

Or, you know, it could be that Americans who don’t like soccer don’t like it for the simple reason that they think it’s boring. Crazy, I know, but just give that theory some thought.

“Part of embracing a truly worldwide competition is accepting the fact the U.S. cannot simply assert its dominance,” Hayes said. “Turns out we have to play just like everybody else.”

This is what we call “overthinking an issue.”

Lastly, he concluded, although the U.S. has been eliminated from the tournament, true soccer fans can take comfort in knowing “some amazing football is going to be played.”

(H/T: WFB)

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