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Flopping at the World Cup

Posted: June 27, 2010

First let me start off by saying that I like soccer, and that I have always enjoyed watching the World Cup. I think these guys are tremendous athletes, and I respect them very much. Having said that, I would now like to go on a tirade about the “flopping” that has gone on during these games.

You can’t look like a world-class athlete when you fall down every time you run up the field. It’s really annoying when they fall down and whine; don’t get the call, and then get up and resume play as if nothing happened. They should card you if you keep faking penalties and injuries or make you come off the field for 5 minutes and let your team play with a man down. I can’t believe these guys get away with this. Is it me, or are the women that play soccer much tougher than these guys.

Maybe they should give out the Josh Koschek award to the guy that does the best job faking. In case you don’t know who Koscheck is, he’s the guy in the UFC that fakes like he’s gotten kneed in the face when he hasn’t. He successfully pulled this off in 2 of his most recent fights, and will now be rewarded with a title shot against GSP. Just like some of these clowns in the World Cup who flop are rewarded with penalty kicks. What kind of message does this send to our kids. That we should be a crybaby to get what we want, or that we should blame someone else every time we make a mistake.

Let’s try a World Cup experiment tomorrow at work. Let’s all fall down and say that the filing cabinet attacked us. We can then start crying for a raise. Let’s see how successful we can be. I’m sure after this type of incident you may be dismissed as mad or fired. Other employers may not even touch you with a ten foot poll. Only at the World Cup is this type of behavior considered normal.

In closing I would just like to say that “flopping” may be a part of the game, but it’s ridiculous and should be stopped. It sends the wrong message, and quite frankly turns some of the world’s best athletes into crybabies and sore-losers.

Post some comments and let me know what you think.