Faking it is part of our culture. Soccer players around the globe have been faking it for years -- that is, feigning most-grievous injury where, in fact, not even a light stroke of contact occurred. And in recent years, even the big boys of basketball have taken to faking contact, flopping about on the court like a fish on a dry dock with Oscar-worthy performances.
The unwritten rule in the NFL is that when players take a knee with the game conceivably out of reach, the other team backs down and lets them. But when the New York Giants Quarterback, Eli Manning, went to kneel down and run out the clock he instead got tripped up by a Buccaneers defensive lineman because the Buccaneers' coach insists that his teams play until the final whistle. Was this a true display of leadership?
It seems more than a bit odd that, according to a probing piece in The New York Times, players do not protect those delicate, tender, highly sought-after jewels. Seriously, though: no cups? That's astonishing. I mean, they wear equipment to protect every other area. Why be more protective of the kidneys than the cookies? More protective of the noggin than the nuggets?