Just by being a cheap old fart, Chicago White Sox owner Charlie Comiskey touched off one of the worst (and first) scandals in sports history. That his players took money to throw the 1919 World Series spoke to Comiskey’s legendary miserliness. It also shed light on MLB’s reserve clause, which made indentured servants of talented ball players. The ensuing scandal rocked the baseball world and ended up in lifetime bans for eight men on the Sox roster, including all-star outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson. The list of underworld characters involved in the scandal, via Chick Gandil, read like a who’s-who. Gandil persuaded associate and gambler Joe “Sport” Sullivan that the games could be fixed, and noted gangster Arnold Rothstein supplied the cash through his lieutenant, retired boxer Abe Attell. A grand jury trial ensued after the series, which resulted in acquittals. Commission Kenesaw Mountain Landis, though, investigated and banned the eight for life.
As scandals go, you can’t get much lower than posing as a mentally challenged/intellectually handicapped athlete just to win a gold medal. The 2000 Spanish Paralympic basketball team were like the snakes belly in a wagon rut, competing in Sydney with just two players with IQs lower than 70. In late 2000, team member Carlos Ribagorda came forward and blew the whistle on the scam, as well as on Spaniards competing in other disciplines. He claimed players were not tested adequately and that the handicapped poseurs were provided fake medical certificates beforehand. At one point, the players walloping China and the coach said, “Lads, move down a gear or they’ll figure out you’re not disabled.” As a result, Paralympic basketball was stricken from the Olympic sports roster.
Long after the spotlight of an arena full of fans has faded, retired athletes move on to all kinds of other careers and journeys in life.
While Miami Heat small forward Lebron James has established himself as the game’s best player the past five or so years, the question that has been posed by many is, “who can challenge or dethrone him?” King James poses many
We’ve all seen their smiling faces, lit up by the white hot spotlight of a press conference, shaking hands with an owner/GM as they agree to the “big contract.
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The winter sweeps are over and many a major league baseball team re-tooled, either to improve their lot in life, or make the playoffs. But, there were teams asleep at the switch and their season’s might derail because of inactivity, or wrong activity in the free agent and trade markets.
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Wardrobe malfunctions. Amazing comebacks. Stadium-wide blackouts. Sometimes things happen in the Super Bowl that no one could have predicted. This year we try to get ahead of the craziness and make a few ridiculous predictions of our own.
Commercials are as much a part of the Super Bowl as suds and chicken wings. And, in some cases, more interesting than the game. The all-time funny ones are classic and here for viewing enjoyment, again.
As Beast Mode prepares to play in his second straight Super Bowl, we took a look back at the most memorable moments of his career. Everything from amazing plays and huge fines to crotch grabbing and non-interviews make the list.
No one likes to be on the receiving end of a lopsided score, especially at a Super Bowl.
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The NHL All-Star game Snub-fest left a lot of good names off the roster. Here are six that SportsBreak thinks were the worst omissions.
Long gone are the days of pitchers regularly going for complete games and 150+ pitches. Arms are now carefully managed with pitch counts and inning limits, which makes the position of closer more valuable than ever. Having a shutdown pitcher that can go everyday can be the difference between winning and losing.
Randy Carlyle is out of work, that much is known. Though he may not be unemployed for long, given the long list of coaches currently sweating their team’s misfortunes, and their own. Coaches in San Jose, Arizona, Minnesota, Philadelphia and even Boston are walking a tight rope right now, while situations in New Jersey and Edmonton are fluid. Carlyle should freshen up his resume.