Well, how about that: there's some overlap with the article I linked to in the previous post. Previous article first reason why soccer isn't popular in the US: "1. We Didn’t Invent It". Slate's first reason: "First, as a nation of loony but determined inventors, we prefer things we thought of ourselves." Previous article reason eight: "8. Players faking injuries". Slate reason two: "The second and greatest, by far, obstacle to the popularity of the World Cup, and of professional soccer in general, is the element of flopping."
Harmonious convergence, I guess. Speaking for myself, diving is reason nummer eins. Certain countries, and you know who are, are worse than others. Perhaps the German tendency to orderliness and discipline will somehow ooze into the air and moderate some of the worst offenders.