Most dives are fine. Some dives are bad. But few dives are so egregious that you skip over the whole “Should the player get a yellow for that?” logic and instead head right to the barn for the pitchfork. Valencia youth teamer David Pascual pulled off one of those:
One of two things happened here.
Leeds United took on Derby County over the weekend, and that's not at all interesting except for the fact that the game gave us a truly glorious flop.
You can't even be mad with Lance Stephenson for this. It's pretty genius, really.
Of all the things soccer fans have been known to chuck at opposing players—coins, batteries, bags of urine, flares—snowballs are probably the tamest. So we're not too pleased to hear CSKA Sofia manager claim he was knocked unconscious when a Levski Sofia fan pelted him in the back of the head with one.
Here it is, soccer haters. If any of you needed that one crucial piece of evidence that the sport's players were a bunch of diving, playacting wimps, this video showing five Defensor Bolívar players faking injuries, forcing the ref to end the match eight minutes early, should be just what you've waited for.
A.J. Pierzynski has long been one of baseball's most notorious heels, so it makes sense that he would become the first catcher to add shameless flopping to his repertoire. That's a flop Chris Paul would be proud of.
If only there was video of the kid actually asking Dwyane Wade why he flops. That would be beautiful. Wade's explanation of the story is a decent consolation prize.
Look, even soccer fans won't argue that there's too much theatrical diving in the sport. We don't need the anti-soccer brigade shouting at us about the umpteenth instance of a player rolling around in the grass, clutching his ankle with a grimace a horror movie actress would be jealous of to admit that point, okay?…
The NBA has brought swift justice against Dwyane Wade, who committed one of the most egregious flops you will ever see during last night's game against the Spurs. He will be fined $5,000 for convincing the referee that Manu Ginobili has telekinetic powers.
Up until now, I've believed that flopping was an unfortunate but inevitable aspect of a sport where fouls can completely change a match. But now? After this? Where a finger near the throat drops a grown man to his knees? There might just be something about a soccer pitch that turns all who step on it into master…
We all agree that flopping is terrible and nobody should do it, but you've got to respect this kid's hustle.
Either Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen has a literal glass jaw or he was guilty of one of the worst flops we've ever seen, one that earned the phantom headbutter a straight red.
At first blush, Jerrone Maymon looked to have knocked out Andrew Harrison with a wild elbow to the face. But with each successive replay here you can see that it was a flop and an absolutely ridiculous one at that.
We featured Ahmad Brooks's premature escalation briefly yesterday, but it seems the moment from yesterday's 49ers-Panthers game deserves a bit more inspection. After all, there's not one but two meaningful moments here: the flight of Brooks and the flop of Newton.
Last night, the NBA Board of Governors approved the implementation of a handful of rule changes, which include a few tweaks to the league's instant replay policies.
Dirk pretty much fessed up to "selling" contact in NBA games to draw a whistle, but said the league needs to get rid of "the really obvious ones." Like, say, toppling over at a charity soccer match in Germany yesterday.
Shane: I've been waiting for you Manu; we meet again at last. The circle is now complete, when I left you I was the learner, but now I am the master.