In sports, rule-breakers have become more common

by Gary Shelton on June 25, 2015 · 2 comments

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Thursday, 8:13 a.m.

What is cheating?

And how rampant is it?

Is cheating deflating a football? Is it corking a bat like Albert Bell? Is it spitting on a baseball? Is it Stick-Um all over the jersey? Is it stealing signs? Is it illegal taping of opponents? Is it tinkering with the headphones? Is it offering a tailback a car? Is it paying a bounty out to your defensive players for knocking opponents out of games? Is it biting someone's ear? Is it a basketball team in the Special Olympics where people of normal intelligence act disadvantaged? Is it steroids? Is it blood doping?

And for goodness' sakes, is there any difference any more?

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scott myers June 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Hi Gary,
Wow, you make a compeling case that cheating has become a way of life. That is sad.

Regarding your question “Is it accepting bribes to determine where to hold a World Cup?” This one goes way beyond cheating since enslaved people are dying in Qatar as they build the World Cup infrastructure in 120 degree heat. This is clearly criminal!

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Cecil DeBald June 25, 2015 at 8:45 am

Do believe the world is, and always has been, a collection of cheats, I’ve never known a person who would not bend a rule a bit to make things a little better for themselves or their family, organization, country. The thing that has been shamelessly sold to the world is the purity of sports, mano a mano with rules and boundaries that ensure the best man (or woman) wins. The sad thing is sports could be a moral, ethical utopia in a rather amoral world – I believe professional golf comes closest to this – but has sold out (or perhaps it has always been this way…) because the financial benefits of winning greatly outweigh the rather minor issues associated with cheating – a bit of chargrin, a day or two off, a relative few bucks in fines – a small price to pay to be a Winner.

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