No dive, no foul?

Ivica Drusany / Shutterstock.com

Article Highlights

  • Is @NYTimes right that US soccer fares poorly because they don't flop?

    Tweet This

  • .@stanveuger has doubts that US faking injuries would lead to more wins

    Tweet This

  • US soccer losses as a moral victory? Not so fast, writes @stanveuger

    Tweet This

This Sunday, the New York Times published an article arguing that a central reason why the U.S. soccer team is not a very successful one is its deep sense of honor and honesty. The argument runs as follows: If only American players were as good at flopping and as willing to dive for a penalty kick as others, they would be much more successful on the world stage, so any loss is really a moral victory.

As a preemptive defense of yet another failed U.S. attempt to win the World Cup or make it to its later stages, it is somewhat clever. As a way to circle the wagons around a different cultural icon of the liberal left now that president Obama’s agenda is failing the country both at home and abroad, it is entirely understandable. But is it true? Note that there are three parts to the argument:

Click here to read the full article on US News & World Report's website. The full article will be posted to AEI.org on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Stan
Veuger

What's new on AEI

Study: Piketty tax plan would boost equality by making rich less rich. But poor would be poorer, too
image Rep. McCaul’s cybersecurity information sharing center: If you build it, will they come?
image Halbig and its aftermath
image Culture of how Washington pays for medical care
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 28
    MON
  • 29
    TUE
  • 30
    WED
  • 31
    THU
  • 01
    FRI
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Is Medicare's future secure? The 2014 Trustees Report

Please join AEI as the chief actuary for Medicare summarizes the report’s results, followed by a panel discussion of what those spending trends are likely to mean for seniors, taxpayers, the health industry, and federal policy.

Event Registration is Closed
Friday, August 01, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Watergate revisited: The reforms and the reality, 40 years later

Please join us as four of Washington’s most distinguished political observers will revisit the Watergate hearings and discuss reforms that followed.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.