Michael Waltrip may join the likes of Ben Johnson, Rosie Ruiz and Danny Almonte in the history books. You've seen our list of memorable cheating controversies. Some famous examples are missing: Pete Rose's off-field gambling, while a violation, did not impact the baseball games he played. Which ones would you add?
How about Italy´s soccer current cheating scandal. Authorities have proved some teams chose and bought referees. The punishments include sending teams to lower divisions, subtracting points for next season and taking a title away from one team. That’s far more than a corked bat. In soccer you can also investigate something about the world cup in Italy back in the Mussolini era. It is very clear that it was all arranged for Italy to win.
Back in the early 80's there were accusations that Bernie Brewer, mascot of the Milwaukee Brewers, was stealing the catcher's signals and conveying the results to Brewer batters via hand signals. I don't believe anything was proven, but the mascot did disappear for a while after that season.
While considering it cheating might be debatable, there was the 49'ers response to the Bengals no-huddle offense in Super Bowl XXIII: lots of clock-stopping injuries. For a team as good as the 49'ers were, it seemed odd that their defense was in such poor shape that they suffered an injury seemingly every play.
If you really want to stack the list with baseball cheaters, read up on the Baseball Hall of Shame books. It details how one team (Cardinals) purposely grew the outfield grass to hide extra balls, a trip wire between 1st and 2nd to discourage the steal and a sloped third base line to prevent the bunt just to get a win. They even went so far as to have part of the outfield fence pulled back when the opposing team came up to bat and then pushed back to its original spot when they came up.
You almost have to consider cheating par for the course now in soccer, cycling, track and field, swimming, baseball, football, and weighlifting. I figure everybody is juiced in some fashion, legally or not.
How about the constant rumors of Ralph Wilson buying off other AFC teams so his "great" bills of the 90's could make it into 4 Super Bowls. Want proof? Explain how the Oilers D-backs were caught standing still on play after play during the "comeback." I am not talking blown coverages, I am talking actually standing still and not moving when the ball was snapped.
The part about Barry Bonds said, "although he has not been officially caught..." I feel one of the biggest cheating controversies goes to Lance Armstrong. He never tested positive, but winning seven Tours after never finishing one smells fishy.
German Gas Guzzlers Before the 1976 Olympics, German swimmers had 1.8 liters of air pumped into their butts in order to improve buoyancy. This scam helped front crawl and backstroke specialists but one of the breastrokers on the team claimed it made his feet stick out of the water.
I know that SI has never been very fond of Barry Bonds, but to include him, along with Floyd Landis, on this list is very inappropriate, certainly premature. They have not been convicted, and in Bonds' case, no evidence outside the unsubstantiated comments of people who don't like him and the criminal leaks from a supposedly secret grand jury. If either is found guilty, certainly include them on this list. I am not a big fan of Bonds, and he is not the nicest of people, but I am a big supporter of a person's innocence until proven guitly.
I am old enough to remember when the Sports World wanted to hang Muhammad Ali and took his title. All this before his case came to court concerning his religious beliefs. Of course he was found innocent and all his titles and his career would have been gone if it was not for his come back fight to honor.
Before anyone takes Landis's title or good name lets see what the final determination is after the dust settles.
Wow...how could you not have the scandal with the 2002 Winter Olympics with the French judge lady? Also, Rafael Palmiero should be on this list for being the first major MLB player being tested positive for steroid use in 2005. At least put things that have actually been proven to be true on the list. Barry Bonds...give me a break. And don't jump the gun on Landis either...I still believe that he is innocent until proven guilty.
No way on this earth can one say the word cheater without throwing up out of your mouth Bamer Football. Paul Bryant beat Vandy and Ole Miss for 25 years then when Bo put him in the ground they get caught.
Lance armstrong won the biggest race in the dirtiest sports seven times in a row annihilating every opponent he had to face. All of them (pantani, ullrich, basso etc..) were later convicted or or thought to have used drugs.Does anybody really believe that Armstrong was able to be clean and beat the hell out of guys who took EPO, testosterone and all that type of stuff ? Come on ...
Sorry to say.... but Lance's is the number one controversy. After the findings of "Operacion Puerto" last march in Spain, where more that two docens of world class cyclists were involved in following doping schedules systematicaly (Ulrich, Basso, Botero, Hamilton et al), Armstrong has to prove that he beat all these chemicaly-enhanced top athletes while clean, just with hard work, power bars and gatorade.
Justine Henin-Hardenne not admitting she put her hand up -- meaning she wasn't ready -- during Serena Williams' first serve during the semifinals of the French Open. Serena was already mid-swing, and her serve plunked into the net -- it clearly was not a real first serve. Television cameras recorded JHH calling for time.
The umpire did not see JHH call time, and called Serena's 'serve' a fault. Serena protested, and Justine refused to admit she had called time. Serena was so upset by the cheating that she blew her third set up a break lead and lost the match. JHH went on to claim her first FO title.
Lasse Viren won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in Munich in 1972 and then did nothing for the next four years. He repeated his victories in Montreal in 1976. Many thought that he was involved in blood doping/blood boosting which involved returning frozen blood to the body to boost oxygen levels.
First of all I think Floyd Landis should be treated innocent until proven guilty, because the French are having a "hissy-fit over another American winning the Tour de France.On the subject of cheating, how about Leon Spinks drinking a small bottle of an obvious stimulants before the last round when he beat Muhammed Ali in their first fight. Also, Arron Pryor snorting stimulants off of the back of his trainers hand when he "defeated" Alexis Arguello in two of the greatest boxing matches I have ever seen.
Since Madden is going into the football hall of fame this year, let's not forget one of the most ridiculous calls by an NFL official. I believe it was a playoff game the Raiders were in and the football was measured laying vertically instead of horizontally. I wish I could remember the year. Also the infamous 5th down call a few years back with I believe the Colorado Buffalos.
Arnie getting a drop in '58 cost Venturi the win; Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns bouts in the early 80s-Hearns completely dominated after the first fight but never got a win; Marvin Hagler and Ray Leonard--how does Leonard get the decision when Hagler was the champ and Leonard just basically defended himself during the entire fight? Boxing is fixed? Say it ain't so!
Why doesn't anyone just look at the history of world records being broken? Up until the 50's rarely was a record broken, but now records are broken at almost every event. Diet and genetics can only get you so far. Look at a body builder from the 30's, or a football player from that era. Today's athletes are monsters in comparison.
It is sad that only a select few ever get caught and their reputations get ruined... They are no different than the rest. Lets just be honest and let the fastest be the fastest, the strongest be the strongest and who cares how they do it. Carl Lewis was just as juiced as Ben Johnston, but had a better doctor! It is pathetic that we have athletes having to lie that they didn't know what was in their water...Just let them perform. That is what we pay them for anyway.
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DDR swimmers of the 70s and 80s... Howard Johnson's corked bat (one of the earliest corked bat incidents), the figure skating French judge scandal, Charles White's phantom touchdown (beating U of M in the 1979 Rose Bowl)... by the way, Niekro's emery board incident was WAY overblown... he used it to keep his fingernails sharp- nothing wrong with that! How could he have used an emery board while on the mound? Stick the ball in his pocket? Somehow slip the board into his glove and back into his pocket? PLEASE! He just forgot to take it out of his pocket.
The 91 and 87 Twins in the World Series. In both series's they won all their games at home. The head groundskeeper years ago admitted to blowing wind out when the Twins were up to bat, and blowing it in when the Cardinals and Braves were up. Unbelievable.
In 1900, the backup catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies would sit in the center field stands with a pair of long-range spyglasses and steal signs from the other team's catcher. He would then relay these signs to Phillies' third-base coach through a buzzer device that went underneath the field. This sign-stealing scam worked wonders for the Phillies until a player for the Cincinnati Reds was running around third base and nearly tripped over the wires of the secret device which were sticking out from under the field.
The 97-98 Denver Broncos they could not win the Super Bowl so they decided to cheat the salary cap paying for players they could not afford to win the back to back Super Bowls a total disrespect the the entire NFL.
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP game between PATRIOTS and RAIDERS. No matter how many times that play was/is looked at, Brady's arm was going in a forward motion, and if it was a good call, then why was there a new rule added the next season based soley on that play...
This list is horribly lopsided, with seven out of the ten incidents occurring in baseball. And even so, where is Pete Rose, who presumably threw a game here or there to win a bet?
A lot of the cheating in other sports is more interesting, anyway. Soccer is full of it. Maradona's Hand of God must join the list, as should current scandal in the Italian leagues involving some of the richest sports franchises in the world. And don't forget match fixing in the 1978 World Cup, when Argentina needed a four goal victory to advance over Brazil. Argentina won 6-0 and nothing was ever proven, but the Peruvian goalkeeper was born in Argentina! Also, Peru was dependent on Argentinian grain shipments.
From the Olympics, you have to include Tonya Harding and the attack on Nancy Kerrigan.
From the NFL, consider 1988, when the San Francisco 49ers, having already secured a playoff berth themselves, threw their final regular season game against the Rams, which kept the New York Giants (who had defeated the 49ers in the playoffs in both 1985 and 1986, and injured 49er quarterback Joe Montana in the 1986 game) from reaching the postseason. Giants quarterback Phil Simms famously accused the 49ers of "laying down like dogs."
No sport is immune: An anonymous source accused Bulgarian Grand Master Vesselin Topalov of cheating in the 2005 World Chess Championships. Allegedly, after each of Topalov's moves, his aide Ivan Cheparinov used computer analysis of the game and then secretly signaled Topalov for the next move. Another GM, Peter Leko, has also shared his suspicions that Topalov gained an unfair advantage by sitting in the same place during the entire championship.
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Game 3 of the 1988 NLCS - Reliever Jay Howell - From Wikipedia
The Dodgers turned to closer Jay Howell in the bottom of the 8th. Howell ran a 3 ball, 2 strike count to McReynolds leading off the inning. Suddenly, Mets Manager Davey Johnson came out of the dugout, and asked Umpire Harry Wendelstedt to inspect Howell's glove for an illegal substance. Sure enough, Howell was found to have pine tar on his glove, and he was immediately ejected from the game, and would later be suspended for the remainder of the series. The ejection seemed to undo the Dodgers. Three subsequent relievers failed to hold down the Mets, as they rallied for 5 runs in the inning after two men were out. Backman doubled home the tying run, Wilson singled home Backman with the lead run and Darryl Strawberry iced the inning with a 2-run single.
in a game americans don't understand, cricket was tarnished by the 'underarm' incident between australia and new zealand, where having to score 6 runs of the final ball of the match, the ball was bowled underarm (similar to a lawn bowling action)which removed any possibility to scoring any runs.
Boris Onishenko. Boris who you say? lol. He is probably the only cheater honored with a postage stamp, because it was too late to have it recalled after he was caught cheating at the 1976 olympics where he was expected to win gold for the USSR. I wonder how much one of those stamps are worth today?
Back in 2002's big fight between bitter rivals Oscar De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas, Vargas talked up a storm about how he would annihilate De La Hoya. He insulted Oscar for years and years and finally the fight was made. After a few tense moments in the first couple of rounds, De La Hoya took over with lead rights and speedy combos. Going into the 11th Vargas was still woozy from a vicious combo he took at the end of the 10th, Oscar put the finishing touches on Vargas by dropping him with a left hook and stopping him with about 20 unanswered shots in the corner. And what made the victory even sweeter for Oscar was the fact that Vargas, after all the garbage spoken by him, failed his post fight drug test: STEROIDS!
Anyone correct me if I'm wrong. Wasn't Gaylord Perry accused of cheating. I seem to remember an incident when the homeplate umpire was suspicious and went to the pitchers mound with the other umpires. Gaylord reached into his pocket to prove nothing was in them and something went flying out and another umpire saw the object fly out.
I think it is inappropriate and unfair to Floyd Landis to put him on your cheating controveries, especially at number one. Only an 'A' sample has been tested and nothing has been confirmed yet. The test is only for a ratio high testosterone. FYI the UCI maximum limits are one-third lower than what the IOC allows. Even if the 'B' sample is positive, this level of testosterone although high is sometimes found to occur naturally is some people. With the doping scaldal that occured before the tour which eliminated several contenders, I don't think anyone near the top in GC would have risked getting caught for doping especially since the upper group in GC and stage winners are tested very often. I think in the end Floyd will be proven innocent, but the damage the media has inflicted to his image will be irrepairable. His comback after stage 16 was one of the greatest in tour history.
In NASCAR racing, Smokey Yunick built a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle for Curtis Turner. The car was very fast and looked just like a production Chevelle . . . until they measured it and determined that it was really a 7/8 scale replica of a production Chevelle, which provided an obvious aerodynamic advantage. Now, that's creative. This is why NASCAR uses body templates to this day.
Stanley Cup - 1955. Clarence Campbell (then-NHL Commissioner) questionably benched Maurice Richard ("the rocket") for the remainder of the year and the playoffs. This suspension dashed French Canadians' hopes for both a scoring award for Richard and the Stanley Cup for the Montreal Canadiens. During the first hockey game without Richard at the Montreal Forum, which Campbell defiantly attended, fans demonstrated, then exploded into the streets of Montréal on an extended rampage.
You Yanks love to point out the Ben Johnson scandal in the Seoul Olympics. However, history has shown that almost every sprinter in the field that day - including US wonder boy Carl Lewis - has "doped" at one time or another! Ben was essentially racing against an even field of performance enhanced athletes! Carl Lewis should be stripped of the gold that "won" due to Ben's DQ because Carl himself is a tarnished athlete. Why you sportswriters fail to expose him is a mystery, and a blight on track and field history.
By far the most outrageous would be FloJo going from a journeywoman sprinter in 1987 to setting untouchable records in the 100m and 200m in 1988 and then conveniently retiring. Next has to be Lance Armstrong's seven Tour De France's in a row. His old team mate Landis got caught. The Home Run records of Bond and McGuire are patently false. Recent revelations about Justin Gatlin show that American athletes have nothing to learn from the Soviet or GDR cheats. There are clean performers. As far as I am concerned Roger Maris, Evelyn Ashford and Carl Lewis are still kings.
It is perhaps the biggest doping cover-up in all of sports.
Dr. Wade Exum's report that 19 American medallists were allowed to compete at various Olympic Games from 1988 to 2000 despite having earlier failed drug tests shocked some people in the sporting community but was no surprise to others.
For years, insiders had speculated that U.S. athletes were not immune to delving into doping to get ahead of the competition.
But how could this be? American athletes often spoke publicly against illegal drug use in sport, cursing the sports regimes of East Germany and China for systemic doping practices.
"There is no commitment to stopping the drug problem," said track and field star Carl Lewis in 2000. "People know the sport is dirty, the sport is so driven by records."
Little did Lewis know he would be named in Exum's report.
The five-time Olympic medallist was among the athletes named in more than 30,000 pages of documents released by former U.S. Olympic Committee anti-doping chief to Sports Illustrated and several newspapers in 2003. More than 100 athletes from several different sports tested positive for banned substances between 1988 and 2000 but were cleared by internal appeals processes.
According to Exum's evidence, Lewis was one of three eventual Olympic gold medallists who tested positive for banned stimulants in the months leading up to the 1988 Seoul Games.
Exum made the initial allegations about coverups in 2000, which led several sporting organizations – among them, the IOC, IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency – to pressure the USOC to re-examine how they conducted drug testing.
Soon, the USOC turned over drug testing responsibilities to the newly founded U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Don't worry, the USOC assured, this type of cover-up will never happen again.
So far, it hasn't. (Well, aside from track and field's Jerome Young being allowed to compete – and win a gold medal – at the 2000 Sydney Olympics despite testing positive for steroids in 1999.)
These coverups still beg the question: How could a country's own Olympic federation turn their backs on the oath of fair play and allow drug cheats to compete for a decade's worth of Olympic Games?
Ben Johnson would like to know.
Lewis was awarded the gold medal in the 100-metres after Johnson was disqualified for using steroids.
The Canadian sprinter told the Toronto Star that he felt somewhat vindicated by Exum's report.
"It was (for years) like I was the only cheat," he told the newspaper. "I knew time would take care of the truth."
How about the way South Africa lost the bidding rights for the World Cup in 2006 which Germany eventually won? The representative from Australia (or was it New Zealand) played a fast one to rob the Africans.
Then also, Justin Gatlin, FloJo, Lance Armstrong, that couple (Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery)I wonder if the just sit around for a cocktail of steroids at home.
I find your comments about Barry Bond's being poised to become the greatest cheater of them all shocking to say the least. The press has already declared the man guilty as charged which has poisoned the minds of most sports fans. Yet the most interesting thing is that there is only a lot of circumstantial evidence surrounding Mr. Bonds. Please someone find out why MLB did not administer a urine test when speculations were high. I guess the old American adage of "innocence until proven guilty" has been manipulated to guilty until proven innocent. let me leave you with these parting words,” Unless you find performance enhancing drugs in the Pee, you have to set Bonds Free."
Not that you need more baseball examples but... Reggie Jackson's intentional hip job on SS Bill Russell's throw on what should have been a double-play. Of course, many think Russell performed an intentional drop of the line drive that started the play in the first place.
The Hand of God and the USSR/US basketball game of 1972 are the most egregious omissions.
even though bridge is no longer prominent in si it is still a sport, in my opinion, so how about the americans (actually a british ex-pat) accusing one of the world's greatest players and his partner (terrence reese and boris shapiro) of cheating at the world championship in buenos aires in 1956 (?)? or the italians, accused of tapping each others' feet in an international bridge tournament in the 90's? also, how about the accusations against the giants who supposedly had a spy in the scoreboard with binoculars for the entire end of the '51 season, including bobby thompson's at bat against ralph branca? there were also acusations that lenny dawson bet (or perhaps worse)on football games while a kc chief.
I second the Italian soccer scandal posted by Luis. This is comparable to the Yankees winning the series only to be found guilty of buying umpires thus resulting into the yanks being stripped of the title and being forced to play in the Triple A league the following season. It has also cast a shadow on their World Cup triumph and scarred what was onced considered the best domestic league in the world
I know that Formula 1 is not big in the US but, its greatest champion, Michael Schumacher, is also its greatest cheater. There have been many instances where he blatantly cheated, or tried to, but recently, during the 2006 season in Monaco when he parked his car during the final lap of qualifying in order to impede other drivers who were better positioned to take pole.
how come gaylord perry and don sutton are in the hall of fame and not mark mcguire? and why should barry bonds have a problem getting in if they are in? a double standard? i personally feel that none of them should be in, but......