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June 23rd, 2014
05:28 PM ET

The agony of the tie: Draw wakes Americans from World Cup dream

By CNN's John Berman

(CNN) – Everyone always likes winning.

Winning gets all the attention, all the cheers, all the glory.

And ties? Well, ties get none of that.

But fear not fans, do not disrespect the draw. It has a rich tradition.

Just ask "Adrian!" Sylvester Stallone's character didn't beat Apollo in the original "Rocky." It was a split decision. A tie. And he still married Adrian, made five more "Rocky" films, and "Rhinestone."

Seriously, what's wrong with tying? There is a lot of tying in "50 Shades of Grey," and that book sold like crazy.

You know what they say: "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you tie the game!" Or how about: "Go out there and tie one for the Gipper!" Or my favorite: "Winning isn't everything ... because, you know, you can tie."

Who didn't love the recount after the sort-of tie in the 2000 election? Well, okay, so not everyone quite as much.

But it is not an awful thing either. After all the pain last night, one way the U.S. can move on in the World Cup is to tie Germany. If it is so awful, why would we want to do it again?

Pay no attention to the headlines that say a tie is like kissing your sister. Remember Luke and Leia kissed in "Empire Strikes Back," and the rebels still blew up the Death Star.

And it had nothing to do with goal differential.

CNN's Kim Berryman contributed to this report.

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