How did Erics parents try to relieve the humiliation of the fake kick?

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The winning play made Erik look like a fool, flying up in the air and landing in the mud, while Antoine took the ball and ran it in for two points to win the game. Because the ball wasn't kicked, the score didn't end up as a tie. So, in...

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The winning play made Erik look like a fool, flying up in the air and landing in the mud, while Antoine took the ball and ran it in for two points to win the game. Because the ball wasn't kicked, the score didn't end up as a tie. So, in a way, Erik's humiliation caused the team to win.

That night on TV, Erik's fake kick was featured on the sports' bloopers of the week. Erik's mom and dad advised him to laugh it off and move on, that it would not be listed in his statistics. They said no one would remember his fall, just that the team won. His parents did not know their child very well, but Paul did. He knew that Erik would get payback for being made to look foolish.

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