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Thu Dec 5, 2019, 10:29 AM

"Flopping"--A last ditch strategy both in basketball and amongst Trumpists

In basketball, "flopping" is a diversionary tactic when a player is either barely touched by an opponent, or not touched at all, but then throws him or herself down to the ground in the hopes of fooling the referees into calling a personal foul and setting up a free throw.

It's a desperation move, usually made when one's team is losing, which relies little on athletic ability and far more on acting skills.

But basketball players are not the only ones to "flop."

Professor Karlan makes a harmless pun that merely mentions the name of Trump's son--Boom! She was "mocking" Barron Trump!

Representative Schiff paraphrases the readout of phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky--Boom! He was "falsifying the record" and ought to be "impeached" for "treason"!

Lieutenant Colonel Vindman raises concern about the substance of the Trump-Zelensky call--he's a "foreign agent"!

A whistleblower--still not yet identified--reports via proper channels his concerns about the call--He/she is supporting a "coup" against Trump and must be publically identified, mocked, and humiliated!

The reason why Trumpists do all of this is quite simple and transparent--the evidence against Trump is so completely damning that they're desperate to create any sort of counternarrative that will distract the public away from the facts. It's what they've tried to do with the whole IG report and ridiculous claims that the 2016 Trump campaign was "illegally spied upon;" thankfully, it appears from initial reports the IG did not take the bait.

It's why they want to make this most recent episode all about Joe and Hunter Biden and Crowdstrike and the DNC and poor Alexandra Chalupa whose name gets dropped by Republicans left and right even though she did little more than help bring out some facts that showed Paul Manafort's criminal behavior.

They're "flopping."

We, the People, are the refs.

Don't buy it.

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Reply "Flopping"--A last ditch strategy both in basketball and amongst Trumpists (Original post)
Tommy_Carcetti Dec 5 OP
Takket Dec 5 #1
global1 Dec 5 #2
sarge43 Dec 5 #3
central scrutinizer Dec 5 #17
Wellstone ruled Dec 5 #4
Tommy_Carcetti Dec 5 #5
Wellstone ruled Dec 5 #6
kairos12 Dec 5 #7
ffr Dec 5 #8
IronLionZion Dec 5 #9
argyl Dec 6 #24
MFGsunny Dec 5 #10
TheBlackAdder Dec 5 #11
B Stieg Dec 5 #12
Pacifist Patriot Dec 5 #13
B Stieg Dec 5 #16
Ligyron Dec 5 #14
B Stieg Dec 5 #15
RandiFan1290 Dec 5 #18
happy feet Dec 6 #19
nolabear Dec 6 #20
Bettie Dec 6 #21
LuckyCharms Dec 6 #22
Proud Liberal Dem Dec 6 #23
ck4829 Dec 6 #25
LineNew Reply I
Ingersollman Dec 9 #26

Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 10:37 AM

1. Every rethug right now...

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Response to Takket (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 10:40 AM

2. Prepare For A 'Hail Mary' Pass ......nt

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Response to Takket (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 12:10 PM

3. Drama King. n/t

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Response to Takket (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 05:05 PM

17. Por favor!

[link:https://m.|

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 12:11 PM

4. As someone who

was a High School and College Ref back in the day,seen my share of the Flop. We would have our pre game meeting and discuss the who what and whom played that card,and sure as heck,we would get at least one with certain teams.

Now days,we have to watch similiar Actors that call themselves Politicians with their Faints and fake utterance's.

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 12:13 PM

5. Who can forget Lindsay Graham's diatribe at the Kavanaugh hearing? nt

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 12:24 PM

6. Lindsey Graham is the poster Boy

of the Faint and fake verbal injury used today in American Politics. Scripting and Stage Crafting,most folks would not pick up on the use of these tools.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 12:25 PM

7. Disregarding Senate rules of silence

during the impeachment trial, I expect to see this act again.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 12:35 PM

8. Hey, he shoved me!



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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 12:40 PM

9. Trump being coached by Neymar



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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 08:59 PM

24. Neymar was the first guy I thought of as far as flopping.

Here's a YouTube clip of his dog in action.


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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 12:47 PM

10. K&R + 1,000,000 ............. priceless.

Flopping For Failing.

Flopping For Falsifying.

Flopping For Fabricating.



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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 12:58 PM

11. In theatre, a byproduct of flopping is sweat.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 01:14 PM

12. In ice hockey, this used to be called...

"taking a dive." (boxing too?)

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Response to B Stieg (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 01:24 PM

13. Soccer as well...

Diving or "simulation" are the terms most commonly used.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 01:45 PM

16. You're right!

And the international players are flopping all over the place!
Some see it as an "art."

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Response to B Stieg (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 01:28 PM

14. Boxing 4 sure.

Remember the invisible punch the then named Cassius Clay, (later renamed Mohammed Ali) knocked Sonny Liston down with who then refused to come out for the next round. That was so obvious that it needed more than a few Boxing "authorities " to try and bolster the legitimacy of the bad job Sonny did faking it. Classic Dive of which there were many in this "sport ".

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 01:44 PM

15. I do remember that!

Also, love your avatar. I really miss Lou.

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Response to B Stieg (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 05:21 PM

18. Yes, also called embellishment. nt

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 10:14 AM

19. Great analogy/observaton.

Made me chuckle.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 10:16 AM

20. That was Rodman's specialty. Of course.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 01:03 PM

21. Maybe they are all mad because

he was planning to declare Baron a literal "Baron" and now he will look silly bestowing titles of nobility on his spawn...Princess Ivanka, Grand Duke Junior, The Earl of Eric...

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 01:04 PM

22. Excellent. n/t

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 01:07 PM

23. Yup

Didn't really have a name for it, but it's definitely what they are doing.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 09:36 PM

25. K&R

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 09:32 AM

26. I

am of the opinion that the refs should be allowed to call a technical foul on the "flopper".

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