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Ted Lasso Season 2 Isn’t In A Slump, It’s Headed For A Breakdown

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In Ted Lasso Season 2 Episode 5, “Rainbow,” the eponymous coach tries to cheer up the losing AFC Richmond team by describing the philosophy of “Rom-communism.” You have to trust, Ted tells his squad, that things will work out, like they always do in romantic comedies–maybe not the way you want, maybe not the way you expect, but they will, in fact, work out.

At the time, it struck me as a weird thing for the coach of a losing soccer club to tell his struggling team. I get what Ted was going for–it’s a philosophy of avoiding frustration and hopelessness about things outside of your control, and trusting that this, too, shall pass. For a guy whose big central tenet is “Believe,” outwardly, it’s an idea that tracks.

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