Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday sports blog bemoans the worst sports fans will witness in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
American sports fans may revel in the histrionic antics of WWF, but the drama-queen dilettantes of 2014 World Cup soccer in Brazil are far too over-the-top for the American male.
Most American sports fans still can’t stomach soccer.
And, it’s because of the flopping that would make NBA stars LeBron James and Manu Ginobli beam with pride!
Certainly the action at the 2018 World Cup has been exciting to watch, well at least until a player goes down on the pitch.
Tell me you too haven’t guffawed at the overreacting little guys on the soccer field every time they get touched. They jettison to the ground like they’ve been shot by a stinger missile.
Next, tell me you haven’t grunted as panicking paramedics race to the field with their all-too-familiar stretcher in a mad dash to rescue the fallen, injured FIFA player.
And, tell me you haven’t grimaced as succoring soccer teammates hover around their fallen comrade. They scream wildly at the ref and gather together in a last rites gesture for the prone teammate who appears to be fighting death’s door. But, you know what’s next.
If all the melodramatic nonsense isn’t enough, you’re expected to stand up and cheer once the play resumes and the “injured” player suddenly rises from his horizontal position and miraculously sprints to the pitch like he’s running the Boston Marathon.
The silly shenanigans of flopping in FIFA play way too much like a bad Italian opera for gutsy American sports fans.
Forget the flopping! Red card the floppers & watch the NFL instead.
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