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Mark Gram
Springfield, Illinois
High School: Quincy High School
Loves: Illinois sports, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, reading, and politics

Eric Pedigo
Birthplace: Chatham, Illinois
High School: Glenwood High School
Eric is a Chatham native and Glenwood graduate.  He and his wife Amanda live in Glenarm with their three children.  Eric started hosting a sports talk radio show on the internet in 2005. In 2008, he began co-hosting Fantasy Football 101 with Adam Stark, Mark Gram, and Nicorelli. Eric can be heard every Sunday morning from 9-11am on Sports Radio 1450.
Posts from May 2013

What the Flop is Goin' On?
       The flopping in the NBA is getting out of hand.  It's been in the league forever, and it was supposed to be all but eliminated this season with the new system put in place by the league.  This floppin' system went as follows: A warning for the first offense, a $5,000 fine for the second, $10,000 for the third, $15,000 for the fourth, $30,000 for the fifth, and a possible suspension for 6 or more.  Of course, we all know who received the most floppin' fines this past season.  Wait, does anyone have any idea if even one player received even one fine?  I watched and followed a lot of NBA this season -as I do every season- and I didn't hear about any fines, or any warnings for that matter.  What I did see was exactly what we've always seen.  Guys were flailing all over the floppin' place.  I, for one, am sick of it.  I'm ready for some heavy fines to get doled out to the parties responsible for this floppin' embarrassment.  No, not the players- the refs.
       It's the refs' job to know when a foul has occurred, and to differentiate between real and fake.  How is it that everyone in the world knows a flop when they see one except the people who get paid to know?  One of the problems is that these refs are calling the reaction instead of the action.  If a player with the ball drops his shoulder and barrels into a defender on his way to the hoop, and that defender holds his ground, you won't hear a whistle.  If the same play happens and the defender hits the deck, he'll likely get the call.  In either situation the action of plowing into a defender is an offensive foul, but it isn't called without a reaction from the defender.  For some reason refs aren't calling offensive fouls unless the defender is on the floor.  When DJ Augustine ran LeBron James over on a screen, LeBron went down and got the call.  The announcers scoffed at the thought of anyone Augustine's size knocking over someone as big as LeBron.  But regardless of LeBron's reaction, Augustine's action was a foul.  It just wouldn't have been called if LeBron hadn't went down.  Refs are rewarding guys for flopping, and ignoring offensive fouls that take place when no flop occurs. 
       Another problem is refs calling fouls when players drive to the hoop.  A defender is entitled to the space directly above where he's standing, but you'd never know it if someone didn't tell you.  If a defender goes straight up to contest a shot and any contact takes place, refs are too quick to send the shooter to the free throw line.  So instead of players playing actual defense, they have much more incentive to stand still and try to take a charge.  In what is arguably the most athletic, fast-paced, action-filled sport played on 2 legs, good defense is somehow played by standing absolutely still- literally the least athletic thing you could do.  The way the refs are calling the games, it makes more sense to stand still then fall down when someone touches you, than to actually play defense.  
       It's easy to criticize players for flopping, but they're just making the smart play.  Refs are calling fouls based solely on the reaction of players.  Fouls can take place without anyone falling down, but they never get called.  LeBron is bigger and stronger than most of the league.  But does that mean opponents can hit him harder than other players because he's harder to knock down?  A foul's a foul, no matter the size of either player.  But if refs aren't calling them when they should, you can't blame the players for exaggerating the effect to get the call.  And if refs would allow players to play defense by the rim, we would see far fewer players taking charges and a much more exciting game.  So I propose fines for referees.  Big, huge floppin' fines for rewarding players who act like get hacked.  Enough is enough.
       Thanks for reading my floppin' blog.
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