Posted Thursday, June 17, 2010, at 2:17 PM
For the duration of the World Cup, Slate will highlight the greatest dives by the world's greatest players. We'll score each dive in three categories: level of actual contact (1 if there's no contact at all, 10 for a huge collision), level of simulated contact (1 for a stoic response, 10 for acting as if you've been shot), and dive duration (the time from first contact to when the player gets off the ground).
game is made for
. The rabbit, as the quick-footed striker is known, has the ability to make defenders look foolish. He's also known for being a frequent diver. In the 51st minute of the
-South Africa match Wednesday, Suarez absorbed a boot to the leg at the edge of the box and fell. It wasn't an egregious dive, but it looked like one on TV. (It's actually surprising that a foul wasn't called.) Suarez didn't stay on the ground for long, and when he got up, though he might have liked to complain about not getting awarded a free kick, he wasn't able to. He'd cut his mouth a few minutes prior to going down, and it was now stuffed with cotton. Said ESPN's Martin Tyler: "The man with the swab in his mouth can't get out his protest, really."
Thanks to reader Ethan Dean for the tip.
Level of actual contact:
Level of simulated contact: 4
Dive duration: about 4 seconds
If you see a particularly egregious dive in a World Cup match, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Make sure to include the names of the players involved and the time of the game when the dive occurred.