I have watched more soccer the past two weeks than I have my entire life, and it has not been all about just watching the United States German-American National Team (#USG-ANT).
Like millions of other Americans, I’ve also been watching a bunch of foreigners tango in the World Cup: Brazil-Croatia; Italy-England; Germany-Portugal; Brazil-Mexico; Germany-Ghana; Switzerland-Honduras; Brazil-Chile; Mexico-Netherlands; Costa Rica-Greece; Germany-Algeria … Good Lord, what has come over me?
However, my new-found appreciation for this so-called "beautiful game" is starting to wane because it’s painfully obvious a key component to winning in soccer is knowing how to take a dive.
That’s figuratively of course, not literally. What I can’t figure out is why referees persistently allow players to hit the turf as though they have just been taken out by a sniper sitting in the top row, to flop around like a sea bass out of water.
Every player from every country flops. Sadly, in its quest to become an elite soccer country, United States has joined the flopping fray. FIFA might as well chane itself to the Fédération Internationale de Floppers Association.
A player can be warned for taking a dive, but instead of being given a yellow card, floppers are given the green light. until the flopping light turns red, I will continue to proceed with caution when it comes to soccer.