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!


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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