When a player we don't like does it, we lambaste him. Call him a cheater. Say his theatrics are an attempt to compensate for lack of athletic skill. But when one of our favorites do it, we smirk and shake our heads and mumble something about how cunning he is. The faked injury—an aspect of the game that polarizes even our own selves.
In simpler times when the only lenses focused on games were in human eyes, getting away with a faked injury took little more than a some grimacing and rolling on the ground. Now, with the ability to capture every millimeter of the field and every nanosecond of the game on high definition video, getting away with it requires a great deal of wiliness. And frankly, most athletes just don't have what it takes. Not even close.
Click on to see the hammiest, most poorly coordinated, and just plain awful faked injury performances of all times.