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JFairfax
Oct 23, 2008

by FactsAreUseless


Diego Maradona - Hand of God

Plucky Argentinian Diego Maradona, coke fiend and widely considered one of the two best soccer players ever commits an outrageous handball against England in quarter finals of the 1986 World Cup.

Not long after after Argentina and England had been at war over some stupid rocks in the South Atlantic just to add extra spice to it.

When asked about the goal Maradona said: "The goal was scored a little bit by the hand of God. A little by the head of Maradona".



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ccNkksrfls

Later in the game he went on to score one of the best goals in World Cup football ever:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF_2arqQLwo

He scored both Argentinian goals in their 2-1 victory.

JFairfax fucked around with this message at 10:29 on Mar 17, 2017

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Liquid Communism
Mar 9, 2004


Out here, everything hurts.






DJExile posted:

lmao i love that sedin thing


Also some of you racing peeps get in here and tell us about all the poo poo Smokey Yunick pulled :munch:

Smokey never cheated. He just taught the rules to sit up and beg. :clint:

Wandle Cax
Dec 15, 2006


Leperflesh posted:

I read the article and it sounds like it was totally legal play, e.g. they weren't cheating, they just broke Unwritten Rules about the Spirit Of the Game. Yuck.

No, it was cheating

tadashi
Feb 20, 2006



I still argue that, if you watch the play on slow mo replay, Gant pushed into Hrbek but you can't convince Braves fans of this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiraekmCNv4

Bob James
Nov 15, 2005

by Lowtax


Ultra Carp

There was the time a team owner hired a midget to bat.



He walked on four pitches.

glowing-fish
Feb 18, 2013

Keep grinding,
I hope you level up! :)


JFairfax posted:

Diego Maradona - Hand of God

Plucky Argentinian Diego Maradona, coke fiend and widely considered one of the two best soccer players ever

Seems he would be on a list of great volleyball players, too.

Boomer The Cannon
Oct 27, 2011

Gotta see it live!




DJExile posted:

I think he kept it locked straight up like that

Stopped the air from hitting the roof cam, yeah. I forget how much drag that took off.

glowing-fish
Feb 18, 2013

Keep grinding,
I hope you level up! :)


tadashi posted:

I still argue that, if you watch the play on slow mo replay, Gant pushed into Hrbek but you can't convince Braves fans of this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiraekmCNv4

Interesting question: what is the difference between cheating and just breaking the rules?

Because that play seems to be just a spur-of-the-moment bodies colliding type of thing. Like, in a basketball game, someone who grabs someone's jersey when they go up for a rebound isn't "cheating". Its against the rules, but it isn't cheating. To me, cheating involves a premeditated plan to subvert the basic play of the game, often in a malicious way. So football teams doing unnecessary roughness isn't cheating, but the New Orleans Saints giving bounties for injuries is.

Metapod
Mar 18, 2012
:shrek:


I love everything about this

Leperflesh
May 17, 2007







Wandle Cax posted:

No, it was cheating

It wasn't disallowed by the rules, while a different league explicitly disallowed it; they told the officials he was going to bowl underhand, and the officials allowed it; and after doing it, the officials did not penalize the team.

So it wasn't cheating. It wasn't even breaking the rules. It was just "unsporting." It broke unwritten "rules" about conduct. That's different, fundamentally, from intentionally doing something disallowed in order to gain an advantage while trying to avoid being caught for doing it.

Payndz
Sep 22, 2006

I'm Peter Graves, and I was wondering if you could direct me to the natatorium, as I'm attending a Scuderia Ferrari team-building exercise. Thank you. I'm Peter Graves.


Formula 1 is a sport pretty much built on rule-bending (Renault's mass-damper, McLaren's F-duct and fiddle brakes, Brawn's double-diffuser, Ferrari's coded team orders) but when it comes to outright cheating, Crashgate is at the top.

At the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, Renault's double world champion Fernando Alonso had a mechanical failure in qualifying that left him in 15th place on the grid. During the race (Singapore being a track where it's notoriously hard to overtake), though, Alonso's teammate Nelson Piquet Jr crashed just after Alonso had pitted for fuel, bringing out the safety car. Alonso ended up near the front of the pack, and because of his advantageous fuel load - and the fact that he's Fernando Alonso, one of the most talented F1 drivers of all time - he eventually won the race. Luck and skill win out, right?

Er, no: not the "luck" part, anyway. Piquet was later fired by Renault, and in retaliation he went to the FIA with a crazy-sounding story that he'd been ordered to crash in Singapore on a particular lap at a particular corner (one without a recovery crane, which would guarantee a safety car being called out) after Alonso pitted so that he could leap up the field in the confusion. At least, it would have been crazy if it hadn't turned out to be true.

The end result was that team boss Flávio Briatori and engineering director Pat Symonds resigned (and were given lifetime bans from motorsport by the FIA, but these were eventually lifted), while Piquet Jr (and his father) won a libel case against Renault. Renault lost a bunch of sponsors and gained a shitload of negative press. Piquet Jr never raced in F1 again, though did become the first ever world champion in Formula E.

Despite the fix, Fernando Alonso did not win the F1 world championship in 2008. Or 2009. Or 2010. Or 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 or 16...

Coco13
Jun 6, 2004

My advice to you is to start drinking heavily.


This is pretty insignificant compared to most of these stories, but it was a slick 2 points. Start of the 2nd half of a women's basketball game this year, the inbounding team puts 3 players in the back court and 1 in the front court. The other team sets up to defend the other team's goal. Inbound to the girl in the front court who gets an uncontested layup.

Phone-posting the link:
https://www.google.com/amp/m.herosports.com/amp/news/womens-college-basketball-duke-louisville-wrong-side-defense-basketball

Tsaedje
May 11, 2007

BRAWNY BUTTONS 4 LYFE


Payndz posted:

Formula 1 is a sport pretty much built on rule-bending (Renault's mass-damper, McLaren's F-duct and fiddle brakes, Brawn's double-diffuser, Ferrari's coded team orders) but when it comes to outright cheating, Crashgate is at the top.

At the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, Renault's double world champion Fernando Alonso had a mechanical failure in qualifying that left him in 15th place on the grid. During the race (Singapore being a track where it's notoriously hard to overtake), though, Alonso's teammate Nelson Piquet Jr crashed just after Alonso had pitted for fuel, bringing out the safety car. Alonso ended up near the front of the pack, and because of his advantageous fuel load - and the fact that he's Fernando Alonso, one of the most talented F1 drivers of all time - he eventually won the race. Luck and skill win out, right?

Er, no: not the "luck" part, anyway. Piquet was later fired by Renault, and in retaliation he went to the FIA with a crazy-sounding story that he'd been ordered to crash in Singapore on a particular lap at a particular corner (one without a recovery crane, which would guarantee a safety car being called out) after Alonso pitted so that he could leap up the field in the confusion. At least, it would have been crazy if it hadn't turned out to be true.

The end result was that team boss Flávio Briatori and engineering director Pat Symonds resigned (and were given lifetime bans from motorsport by the FIA, but these were eventually lifted), while Piquet Jr (and his father) won a libel case against Renault. Renault lost a bunch of sponsors and gained a shitload of negative press. Piquet Jr never raced in F1 again, though did become the first ever world champion in Formula E.

Despite the fix, Fernando Alonso did not win the F1 world championship in 2008. Or 2009. Or 2010. Or 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 or 16...

It also deprived Felipe Massa of a decent points haul, he would go on to lose the championship on the last lap of the last race by one point.

JFairfax
Oct 23, 2008

by FactsAreUseless


this has got to be one of the biggest, most high profile cheating incidents ever

Calciopoli 2006: The match-fixing scandal that got Juventus relegated One of the greatest match-fixing scandals of the 21st century, the Calciopoli scandal of 2006 saw Serie A teams Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio get relegated while AC Milan received a points deduction.

Back in 2004, two very different yet startling rumours started doing the rounds. One alleged that the Juventus players were susceptible to doping while the other talked of illegal betting and corrupt referees. Naturally, a taskforce was set up and the Italian police began investigating these claims.Though both rumours proved to be ungrounded, the investigating magistrates' wiretaps turned up something much bigger: The Calciopoli.In the spring of 2006, the Turin magistrates approached Italy’s football authorities but swiftly realised that the governing bodies were themselves implicated.

Then Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, president and owner of AC Milan, was not in favour of a public investigation as his club was one of the big four in the line of fire.Hence, the magistrates turned to the press and the Calciopoli became front page news.Voluminous but inconclusive evidence from the wiretaps showed the then Juventus sporting director Luciano Moggi communicating in an “exclusive” manner with the referee designators of Serie A, attempting to influence results by picking certain referees he considered more favourable to Juventus or more likely to rule in favour of the Old Lady on a dubious call.The scandal painted a shady picture of a vast and shadowy network of untraceable phone cards, secret payoffs and Godfatheresque proposals no match official could refuse. It was further alleged that throughout the season, top players of rival clubs were shown a calculated number of yellow cards in a bid to ensure their suspension when their teams faced the record Italian champions

https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/calciopoli-2006-match-fixing-scandal-juventus-relegated

Incoherence
May 22, 2004

POYO AND TEAR


The Bench Tackle in the 1954 Cotton Bowl Classic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSteCSinjTs

Midway through the second quarter, Rice running back Dicky Moegle (he changed the spelling of his name later, which is why it's not spelled the same in the video) broke a long run down the Alabama sideline. Alabama running back Tommy Lewis, who was sitting on the Alabama bench, decided to jump off the bench and tackle Moegle at the Alabama 42, denying him a touchdown. While there was no specific rule against this (other than a fairly lame penalty for having 12 men on the field), the referee used the palpably unfair act rule to award Moegle a 95-yard touchdown run, and Rice went on to win the game 28-6.

When asked later what possessed him to do this, Lewis could only explain that he was "too full of Alabama".

Rice is now one of the worst programs in the top college football division (and they would not win another bowl game until 2008), but still holds a 3-0 all-time record against Alabama (a perennial power).

Incoherence fucked around with this message at 02:03 on Mar 18, 2017

Boomer The Cannon
Oct 27, 2011

Gotta see it live!




If we're talking NHL hockey, there's Martin Brodeur. :rimshot:

Also, I guess Marty McSorley in the 93 Cup finals with the illegal stick counts?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_Stanley_Cup_Finals

quote:

The turning point of the series for the Canadiens came late in the third period of game two. With the Kings leading by a score of 2–1, Canadiens coach Jacques Demers called for a measurement of the curve of Kings defenceman Marty McSorley's stick. The stick was deemed illegal and McSorley was given a two-minute minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. As it was late in the game and Montreal was facing the prospect of going to Los Angeles down two games to none, Demers pulled goalie Patrick Roy, producing a 6-on-4 advantage for the Canadiens. Montreal's Éric Desjardins scored from the point to tie the game at two and force overtime. Desjardins then scored his third goal of the game 51 seconds into overtime to give Montreal the win and the momentum heading toward games three and four at the Great Western Forum.

BMB5150
Oct 24, 2010

2018 Indianapolis 500 Winner



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKjVQbYcTiY

Audi R8's Quick Gearbox Change
In endurance racing especially from the 2000s on back, you will never have a trouble free endurance race. Audi knew they would have a suspect gearbox and in those days would take about 30 minutes to an hour to change a gear box by getting through the rear end and into the gear box. Audi thought of a modular system so to change a gear box is disconnecting everything from the rear end to the gear box in a quick change. This Audi went from leading to only a lap or down with 17 hours to be able to work that back. Might be wrong but it was outlawed around 2004 or so and with how technologically advanced LMP1H cars are now with hybrid power, I don't know if that could be possible now.

e: Ah after 2002 teams lobbied to prohibit removing the gear box casing but you can change the individual gears. Thanks to the Audi, sports cars brought the Balance of Performance rule set where it tries to equalize cars where one might be much stronger than the other, but it gets hit with restrictions and such.

BMB5150 fucked around with this message at 03:59 on Mar 18, 2017

Infidel Castro
Jun 8, 2010

Again and again
Your face reminds me of a bleak future
Despite the absence of hope
I give you this sacrifice






CannonFodder posted:

The 1904 Olympics in St Louis MO had one of the strangest finishes.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athletics_at_the_1904_Summer_Olympics_–_Men's_marathon

The favorite collapsed at mile 9, rode in a car back towards the stadium, then jogged in when enough time had passed. He was later disqualified when it was found out.

The eventual winner was carried across the line by his coaches, hallucinating due to dehydration, brandy mixed with rat poison, and his lungs hurting from having to run behind the coaches car while it kicked up dust from the dirt road. He got the gold because, well, he didn't ride in the car.

Jon Bois actaully did a Pretty Good on this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4AhABManTw

HJB
Feb 16, 2011

:swoon: I can't get enough of are Dan :swoon:


I've got a book here which has a section on Sporting Scandals. I think most of them have already been mentioned in here, but here's one that might have escaped everyone's radars, from the not-so-honourable world of Sumo:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/jun/28/sumo-wrestles-illegal-betting-scandal posted:

Sumo wrestling, already suffering a tarnished reputation, is facing its greatest scandal in years amid revelations of extortion, illegal gambling and ties with the criminal underworld.

The Japan Sumo Association (JSA) will meet this weekend to consider action against 15 senior wrestlers — one-third of the top division — and a dozen sumo elders, including four JSA board members, over allegations that they bet tens of thousands of dollars on professional baseball matches, a violation of Japan's strict gambling laws.

Local media reports said most faced suspension, but one coach and the wrestler Kotomitsuki could be expelled.

The sport's governing body stopped short of cancelling the next tournament, which begins in Nagoya on 11 July. The national broadcaster, NHK, has threatened to stop its coverage if the event involves any of the wrestlers implicated in illegal betting. [another article points out: "In July the national broadcaster NHK refused to broadcast the Nagoya Basho live - the first tournament it has missed in more than half a century."]

Last week, police arrested Mitsutomo Furuichi, a former wrestler, for allegedly demanding that Kotomitsuki pay him more than 100m yen (£745,000) in return for Furuichi keeping quiet about Kotomitsuki's gambling habit. Kotomitsuki, a former ozeki, or champion wrestler, told investigators he had handed over 3.5m yen to Furuichi, who reportedly told police he had once been a member of a crime group.

More arrests could follow as police widen their investigation into illegal betting and the alleged use of middlemen with ties to organised crime.

That article and the book also point out ties between sumo and the yakuza, to the point where they were banned from tournaments.

E: The book also points out that while gambling is a crime in Japan, match-fixing isn't, bizarrely.

HJB fucked around with this message at 11:38 on Mar 18, 2017

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Infidel Castro posted:

Jon Bois actaully did a Pretty Good on this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4AhABManTw

holy poo poo :stare:

Crazy Ted
Jul 29, 2003



How is it that none of you has posted the classic tale of The Whizzinator?

quote:

From ESPN in 2005...

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Onterrio Smith returned to the practice field Monday with little fanfare, and even less to say, after an embarrassing run-in with airport officials was made public last week.

The news broke on Wednesday that Smith was caught at the Twin Cities airport on April 21 with an elaborate contraption designed to beat drug tests.

A search of a bag Smith was carrying turned up several vials of dried urine and a device called "The Original Whizzinator," which includes a fake penis, bladder and athletic supporter. An NFL spokesman said using the device during a drug test would be a violation of league drug policies, but it still is not clear whether there are penalties for possessing one outside of a testing situation. Smith, who told police he was taking the vials to his cousin, was back on the practice field on Monday for a developmental camp, but did not speak to the media.

His coaches and teammates expressed their support for the embattled running back, who has two strikes against him under the league's substance abuse policy and was kicked out of Tennessee for using marijuana. After being suspended for four games last season for his second NFL offense, Smith could earn a yearlong suspension with another violation.

Crazy Ted
Jul 29, 2003



And speaking of Sumo Wrestling, back in 1994 it was discovered that wrestlers were getting implants over the tops of their skulls in order to meet the minimum height requirement.

The L.A. Times from 1994 posted:

TOKYO — To gain the minimum height requirement to be a sumo wrestler, a Japanese teen-ager had 6 inches of silicone implanted under his scalp. Takeji Harada, 16, who failed six previous eligibility tests, finally made it to 5 feet 8 inches in June, thanks to the huge bulge on his head.

The Japan Sumo Assn. said Wednesday that, because of health fears, it will no longer accept aspiring wrestlers who artificially boost their height with silicone implants.

AP Wire Report from 1994 posted:

TOKYO (AP) _ Elevator shoes won't do it in the barefoot world of sumo wrestling, so some wrestlers have tried to meet the sport's height requirement by putting lumps of silicon under their scalps.

On Monday, Japan's Sumo Association said that was no way to get ahead, and banned the implants.

The ruling came soon after published photographs showed sumo aspirant Koji Harada's box-shaped head topped by a large hairy lump. Reports said the 16- year-old had a 6-inch layer of silicon beneath his scalp, just enough to reach the required height of 5 feet, 8 inches.

Harada was rejected anyway.

''There have been more than three cases of wrestlers having received silicon implants on their heads,'' said stablemaster Hanaregoma, who is also a vice spokesman for the Sumo Association. ''We have decided to ban further use of implants for health reasons.''

The ban officially begins with the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in September.

Wrestlers with implants who qualified earlier will be allowed to compete, the association said.

That leaves in Mainoumi, a top-ranked competitor who has a 1.6-inch scalp implant.

Crazy Ted fucked around with this message at 04:01 on Mar 19, 2017

ElwoodCuse
Jan 11, 2004

we're puttin' the band back together

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disgrace_of_Gij%C3%B3n

Germany and Austria are playing each other in the World Cup. Germany and Austria both advance from the group stage if Germany wins 1-0. Guess what the score of the game was.

FIFA didn't exactly fix this either, all they did was make it so the final group stage games were played simultaneously. If you remember the 2014 World Cup, Germany and the U.S. went into their match knowing that a tie would get them both through. This led to many jokes and winks, especially since the US coach was a former German star, but the game was legitimately played.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hockey_at_the_2006_Winter_Olympics#Allegations_of_Sweden_throwing_a_game

Sweden won the gold medal in hockey at the 2006 Olympics. They lost their final group stage game 3-0 to Slovakia, to get Switzerland instead of Canada or the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. The most hilarious example of the cheat was them not attempting a single shot on goal during a 5-on-3 power play.

They successfully avoided Canada but beat the Czechs anyway on the way to gold.

ElwoodCuse fucked around with this message at 04:03 on Mar 19, 2017

DONT TOUCH THE PC
Jul 15, 2001

You should try it, it's a real buzz.


Crazy Ted posted:

How is it that none of you has posted the classic tale of The Whizzinator?

This sounds a lot like the contraption that Michel Pollentier used.

El Gallinero Gros
Mar 17, 2010


Somebody do something about Ben Johnson

Paracaidas
Sep 24, 2016
Consistently Tedious!

Crazy Ted posted:

How is it that none of you has posted the classic tale of The Whizzinator?

My favorite part of this is that I believe Smith (and possibly all NFL players?) were subject to, essentially, face-to-face supervision during the testing. So he wound up suspended for a year (and never playing again) for possessing a device that wouldn't have helped him evade his testing.

TSA also asked if the powdered urine was cocaine and his response was, allegedly, "nah, you don't wanna snort that".

Ungratek
Aug 2, 2005



Every team in NASCAR is looking for any advantage to make their car lighter and to lower the center of gravity. Sometimes you leave the oil cap off for airflow, which gives about 50hp.

Or, you could make your car lighter by literally dipping all the sheet metal in acid. This leads to the sheet metal to 'shed', which makes it a bit thinner and lighter

http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/cup/news/story?id=3657328

This has two major effects.

1st -- this pretty much killed Red Bull Racing in NASCAR at a time when the sport was no longer able to find competitive teams. The point penalty meant they fell out of the guaranteed starting spot slot, meaning they could actually show up to the track (which costs hundreds of thousands) and not actually race

2nd - it is monumentally stupid from a safety stand point. They had no idea what would happened to the metal if it ended up in a wreck. Additionally, the driver of the car? He has blood clot issues!

All in all, the RBR experiment was a hilarious waste of money plus the Scott Speed experiment

Bob James
Nov 15, 2005

by Lowtax


Ultra Carp

The Dodgers cheated by hiring Jackie Robinson.

trem_two
Oct 22, 2002

it is better if you keep saying I'm fat, as I will continue to score goals

Fun Shoe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXLmh1dG5fY

Shrecknet
Jan 2, 2005

Nosferatu Enthusiast
@shrecknet



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5I_vke1nMc

If you ain't cheating, you ain't tryin'

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007





yessssssss this was so loving good

Bob James
Nov 15, 2005

by Lowtax


Ultra Carp

RE2PECT CHEATER2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U9jttDSUCg

Bob James fucked around with this message at 13:12 on Mar 20, 2017

glowing-fish
Feb 18, 2013

Keep grinding,
I hope you level up! :)



Getting hit with a recoiling ball still has to hurt, though. So he might not have been faking the pain.

IcePhoenix
Sep 18, 2005

Take me to your Shida



glowing-fish posted:

Getting hit with a recoiling ball still has to hurt, though. So he might not have been faking the pain.

If he wasn't faking the pain you'd think he would be holding the part it actually hit

C. Everett Koop
Aug 18, 2008

by Smythe


If you're gonna fake being HBP this is clearly the way to do it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyNZGm4gVH8

Bob James
Nov 15, 2005

by Lowtax


Ultra Carp

Every member of the Harlem Globetrotters made a Faustian bargain in exchange for demonic bball powers. Whether or not you consider this cheating is up to you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frImW50n5Rk

DJExile
Jun 27, 2007




Bob James posted:

Every member of the Harlem Globetrotters made a Faustian bargain in exchange for demonic bball powers. Whether or not you consider this cheating is up to you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frImW50n5Rk

The Harlem Globetrotters are god's gift to basketball and would never cheat. There are no rules against bringing water buckets full of confetti onto the court :colbert:

BWV
Feb 24, 2005




This is obviously a classic which I'm sure many of you have already seen many times over. Even though everyone in the match knows it's illegal they are still powerless to stop it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejQFkSFDpn8

NickRoweFillea
Sep 27, 2012

doin thangs



Miss u every day Eddie viva la raza

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Shrecknet
Jan 2, 2005

Nosferatu Enthusiast
@shrecknet



NickRoweFillea posted:

Miss u every day Eddie viva la raza
"Everyday" Eddie Guardado isn't dead though?

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