Police in Coral Gables, Fla., are investigating the theft of several Hurricanes playbooks after portions detailing Miami's vaunted 4-3 defense were scanned and posted on the Internet last week. The theft has earned a place alongside some famous playbook heists of the past:
Four former NFL coaches, including Buddy Ryan, sue SportsPlayBooks.com, a site offering what the plaintiffs call "purloined playbooks." Following a settlement, the site's creators agree to stop selling the coaches' game plans.
A few days before the Knicks-Pacers playoff series, Indiana guard Malik Sealy leaves his playbook at a New York airport. A fireman finds it and gives it to radio host Don Imus, who reads it on the air. The Knicks beat the Pacers three games to one.
After an FBI sting in a New Orleans hotel collars Karl Sweetan, a former Rams quarterback who'd arranged to sell the team's playbook to another NFL team's coach, Sweetan faces charges of wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property. A U.S. Attorney determines the playbook's minimal value doesn't warrant an indictment. Sweetan goes on to become a dealer in a Las Vegas casino.
Before a game between Fairview ( Calif.) High and rival Westdale, Fairview quarterback Jerry Rogers begins dating Marcia Brady, sister of Westdale's QB, in a plot to steal Westdale's playbook. Greg Brady uncovers the scheme, but Marcia refuses to believe it until the theft actually occurs. (For those not paying attention, this is the classic Brady Bunch episode "Quarterback Sneak.")