There’s no debating the undeniable flop culture in modern-day professional sports. Sooner or later, the Academy Awards may want to consider divvying out an Oscar or two to the fabulous acting on display in the sports world. Across the board you have soccer studs taking dives drawing penalty kicks, baseball batters pretending they were hit by a pitch drawing a free base, and NBA hoopers’ flailing arms fouling out key players in important games. It’s deceitful to both fans and referees trying to keep the game clean and fair. It’s tough to give anyone the benefit of the doubt anymore—acting is now fully engrained in gamesmanship and if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.
When Oklahoma City Thunder’s James Harden hit the floor the other day in a matchup versus the Los Angeles Lakers, I was casually monitoring the game with a household of basketball fans. We all collectively groaned and instantaneously accused Harden of flopping after seeing him fall lifeless on the court after an emphatic Laker bucket. That being said, I’d like to apologize to Mr. Harden, because after taking a second look at the replay, we all saw that Harden was in fact victimized by one of most malicious and violent elbows I’ve ever seen in my life (that includes all the mixed martial arts fights I’ve seen, even this one).
27 April 2012