Tale of the Tape: Soccer Flopping vs Basketball Flopping

Flopping: To fall or lie down heavily and noisily, to move about loosely or limply, pretending.

When most think of flopping they think of the NBA. Flopping happens in many sports but in honor of the World Cup, I compare flopping in soccer to flopping in basketball.

Which sport is the KING of flopping?

Soccer Flopping
Basketball Flopping
The Better Flopper
Luis Suárez - He has mastered the no contact flop
Winner LeBron James - He has mastered flopping on and off the court
Fines for Flopping
There are no fines for flopping during the World Cup.
Winner During the playoffs players are fined $5,000 for flopping. They are fined double for the second flopping violation.
Selling It
Winner Soccer players flopping: Flailing on the ground faking injuries and wasting everyones time.
Basketball players flopping: Pretending they are getting fouled by an opponent and selling it with body language and an ugly facial expression.

The Winner Is

Winner Basketball Flopping
2 out of 3

Basketball is the KING of flopping. Although soccer flopping is more intense and wastes about five minutes of everyones lives every time it happens, flopping in the NBA occurs consistently every game. Athletes need to take more pride in their sport and just stop flopping all together.


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