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Flopping: Basketball or Soccer…Which is Worse?

A few weeks ago, I was having lunch and watching a little bit of a soccer match. While I was watching, I noticed that someone got hurt about every 30 seconds. It seemed like on every play someone fell, was grimacing in pain and there was a stoppage in the game. I must admit: I don’t watch/attend many soccer games but I do go to a lot of basketball games and flopping seems to be everywhere.

Let me start with a quick definition of flopping:

In basketball, the definition of a flop is: “An intentional fall by a player after little or no physical contact by an opposing player in order to draw a personal foul call by an official against the opponent.” The move is sometimes called “acting”, as in “acting as if he was fouled”. Because it is inherently designed to deceive the official, flopping is generally considered to be unsportsmanlike. Nonetheless, it is widely practiced and even perfected by many professional players.

As I was watching the soccer match and the replay I couldn’t believe how many athletes seemed like the slightest touch needed emergency care! As I looked closer flopping seemed to be as bad in soccer as it is in basketball!

The question is: Which is worse?

  • What do you think of flopping?
  • Have you noticed an increase in flopping?
  • Which is worse: Basketball or soccer flopping?

    I look forward to reading your comments.

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