While soccer deserves its name "the beautiful game", there exists a foul scourge that's threatening to tarnish that moniker: Alexi Lalas. And also, dudes taking dives. Check out every last disgusting
strand of Alexi Lalas' circa-1994 hair pratfall, at TheDivingBoard.
Straight outta Redcoat-land, DB aims to hold accountable soccer's most appalling actors by giving readers a chance to determine whether particularly galling plays are fouls or flops, but not Fosbury Flops, because that's just a really good way to high jump. Vids include recent tumbles complete with game context and description ("After going down 2-0 to Benfica, Porto's James Rodrîguez pathetically throws himself to the ground in a sad attempt to gain a penalty") from the English Premier League, Spain's La Liga, international friendlies, etc.; DB's "Panel" passes its judgment, then provides a vote box to let you weigh in, so hopefully Val Kilmer doesn't use it, cause they want it to keep working. There's also a "Classic Dives" section, including all-time lows from greats like Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, who the announcer snarkily describes as the "total package", so clearly he saw that Vanity Fair cover...bikini bottoms, boyyyeee!!!
Because they're nice like that, DB also accepts submissions, and claim that if they use your act of cowardice, "you will be credited and praised for your contribution", just like Alexi Lalas was, by the group Soccer Fans For Announcers Still Living Off Goatee Fame 17 Years Later.
Published: February 14, 2011 at 4:00am EST
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