The Long History Of Pitchers Getting Caught Red-Handed

Yesterday Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games for his use of pine tar during Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. The New York Times has put together a nice collection of photographs of pitchers getting caught in the act. Above, knuckleballer Joe Niekro was found with a nail file in his pocket… » 4/25/14 11:43am 4/25/14 11:43am

Pine Tar Should Be Fully Legal, And Baseball Is Still Fucking Insane

As you might know, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda got booted from a game last night for rocking a swatch of pine tar on the back of his neck, in full view of everyone. The weird thing is that it wasn't the fact that Pineda used pine tar that got everyone pissy, but the fact that he did it so blatantly, at least… » 4/24/14 12:14pm 4/24/14 12:14pm

Mt. St. Mary's Wins NCAA Bid After Earlier Win With Six Men On The Court

Mount St. Mary's earned the NEC auto-bid last night by beating Robert Morris 88-71 last night in the conference championship game. The Mountaineers entered the tournament with a sub-.500 record, making their trip to the dance a bit of a shock. But here's the thing: they shouldn't have even been in the NEC title game. » 3/12/14 1:02pm 3/12/14 1:02pm

It's Been 40 Years Since The Great Soap Box Derby Cheating Scandal

It's been called "Watergate on Wheels." It drew the attention of Walter Cronkite and the New York Times. It was a sports cheating scandal involving a child, and it's been an object of occasional fascination ever since, from newspaper articles to trivia questions to a television documentary. This summer, it turns 40. » 7/24/13 1:21pm 7/24/13 1:21pm

The Outrage Over Students "Cheating" Is Mostly Harmful Nonsense

The Wall Street Journal asked a question with an obvious answer this week under the headline "How Could a Sweet Third-Grader Just Cheat on That School Exam?" A quick answer is, because human beings are a naturally social species that has survived and flourished for thousands of years by collaborating and discovering… » 5/18/13 5:16pm 5/18/13 5:16pm

Oprah Winfrey Gets The Next Chance At Asking Lance Armstrong If He…

News surfaced last week that Lance Armstrong was sorta kinda getting itchy to come clean on certain PED-related matters, and now it seems that Oprah Winfrey will get the next crack at letting the ex-seven-time Tour de France winner admit, well, anything he might feel compelled to admit. And on the off-chance you don't… » 1/08/13 7:40pm 1/08/13 7:40pm

The Jets, To The Patriots: "Hang On A Minute"

The Patriots' hurry-up offense is quick—too quick, according to the Jets. They point to a crucial moment in the Patriots win over the Broncos two weeks ago in which the Patriots had sped up their offense so much between snaps that the Broncos didn't have time to make substitutions. That's not fair: if the offensive… » 10/21/12 2:15pm 10/21/12 2:15pm

Oscar Pistorius Lost The 200m Final At The Paralympics, And Everyone's…

Here's Oscar Pistorius, who seemed well on his way to an overwhelming victory in the men's 200m at the Paralympics, losing to Brazil's Alan Oliveira. Oliveira finished the race in 21.45 seconds, .07 seconds faster than Pistorius. The video above is worth watching if only for the deafening silence that greets… » 9/03/12 2:45pm 9/03/12 2:45pm

How Paralympians Cheat By Injuring Themselves

The Paralympics are legitimately inspiring—check this promo and you'll be ready to run through a wall—but they are, at the end of the day, athletes. For all the feel-good stories, they're just looking to win. And that means for the Paralympic Games what it's meant for every competition since the dawn of time: cheating. » 8/23/12 10:50am 8/23/12 10:50am

Boy Kicked Out Of National Scrabble Championship After Getting Caught…

Division 3 isn't exactly the big time in the Scrabble world—It's roughly the skill level of "any great living-room player out there," says the National Scrabble Association's executive director—but this is still the championship. Not a county championship, not a state championship, but the national freaking… » 8/15/12 11:05am 8/15/12 11:05am

Doug O'Neill, Trainer Of I'll Have Another, Will Be Suspended For…

The California Racing Board has upheld a punishment of Doug O'Neill, trainer for Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another, in connection with an incident in a race nearly two years ago. In that case, Argenta, a horse trained by O'Neill, showed an overly high level of carbon dioxide in its blood. That's often associated… » 5/24/12 7:50pm 5/24/12 7:50pm