“Deflategate” and Sports

NASC - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:08

While we are heading into Super Bowl weekend, we should be talking about the game—instead, we’re talking about under inflated footballs, and who’s to blame.

We’re acting as if playing fast and loose with the rules is something new in sports. The old saying, “if you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin’” is said mostly in jest, but for some it’s too often a stain on their sports record.

In 2001 Danny Almonte was probably the most famous Little League pitcher in the country, throwing a solid 76 miles an hour and tossing a no-hitter in the Regional Finals to send his team from the Bronx to the Little League World Series. He then threw a perfect game during the Series and ended the series striking out 62 of the 72 batters he faced. Problem was, he was found to be 14-years-old during the Series, not the 12-years-old he was supposed to be.

Youth football isn’t immune to cheating allegations. A Tennessee youth football team was suspended, along with five coaches, for misreporting player’s weight before games. A certain weight means the player can’t run the ball or play certain positions so he doesn’t hurt smaller players. Once home video showed the coaches, still on the sidelines, the team was suspended from the league.

In fact, type in the name of just about any youth sport and add “cheating” to the search and you’re bound to find examples of bad behavior among players and/or coaches.

This controversy will be resolved, one way or the other, and the game will be played. But it shows you that no matter what the age or the sport, teams are always walking the edge, trying to get an advantage in the biggest games of the season.

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NASCAR's Stewart buys sprint car series tour

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:54
Tony Stewart has purchased the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series, one of the oldest, traveling winged sprint car tours in the country.
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Report: 'Deflategate' probe seeks Ivy consult

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:22
Bill Belichick admittedly isn't a scientist, so an independent investigator hired by the NFL reportedly has attempted to contact someone who actually is in its attempt to get to the bottom of "Deflategate."
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Bulls stop Warriors in OT; home streak over

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:56
Derrick Rose hit a step-back jumper with 7 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Chicago Bulls ended Golden State's franchise-record 19-game home winning streak with a thrilling 113-111 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night.
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Pierce laments injury to Kobe: 'He's an icon'

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 23:55
Paul Pierce lamented Kobe Bryant's latest injury Tuesday, saying "it always saddens me, knowing that Kobe, who is one of my NBA brothers, we lose [him] due to injury."
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Colts, CFL WR Carter near deal, source says

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 23:17
Wide receiver Duron Carter is closing in on an agreement with the Indianapolis Colts, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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Blatt: LeBron belongs in MVP convo more

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 22:56
The Cleveland Cavaliers have turned their season around, winning their seventh game in a row with Tuesday's 103-95 road victory over the Detroit Pistons.
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Mayweather, Pacquiao courtside at Heat game

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 22:39
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the same arena? Can it be?
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Serena into Aussie Open semis; Venus ousted

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 22:37
Madison Keys got one Williams sister out of the way Wednesday at the Australian Open. On Thursday, the 19-year-old American will try to make it two, and this sibling might be a little tougher.
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LaVine, Plumlee among dunk contestants

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 19:21
Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Minnesota's Zach LaVine, Orlando's Victor Oladipo and Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee will be the contestants in the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk contest, the NBA announced Tuesday night.
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Two ex-Vanderbilt players convicted of rape

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 17:58
A jury has convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student inside a dorm room.
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Clips' Barnes fined, blames Suns owner in rant

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 16:41
Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes has been fined $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan.
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Kurt Busch focused on racing amid court case

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 15:57
Kurt Busch is confident he is in line for his best NASCAR season ever despite a domestic violence case that could keep him off the track.
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Patriots' Blount: Seahawks D 'not immortal'

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 15:57
Running back LeGarrette Blount knows all the statistics about the Seattle Seahawks defense, and how they allowed a league-low average of 15.9 points per game during the regular season, but he's equally as confident in the New England Patriots offense.
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Ex-Patriots RB Tatupu had CTE, family says

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 15:19
Former New England Patriots running back Mosi Tatupu, who died of a heart attack in 2010 at the age of 54, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease that has been linked to football-related head trauma.
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Repetitive Lynch: 'Here so I won't get fined'

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 14:47
During Super Bowl media day, Marshawn Lynch, reportedly threatened with a $500,000 fine, answered every question with some variation of "I'm here so I won't get fined."
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Kraft: Sherman 'very smart marketing whiz'

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 14:44
Robert Kraft isn't about to start a war of words with Richard Sherman, who said Sunday that the Patriots wouldn't be disciplined by the NFL for underinflated footballs because of Kraft's close relationship with Roger Goodell.
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Allenby stands by story of beating, robbery

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 13:55
Robert Allenby is standing by his story of a beating and robbery in Hawaii, even though he has no memory of a part of that night.
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Browner stands by comments on targeting

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 13:53
Brandon Browner stood by his remarks to ESPN's Josina Anderson about instructing teammates to go after injuries to Seahawks defensive backs Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas in Super Bowl XLIX, saying it is all in the spirit of competition.
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McDaniels: Pats must be smart vs. Sherman

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 13:38
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Tuesday that an offense can't avoid Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman all the time, but by the same token, "You can't not be smart and just throw at him because you're just trying to throw at him."
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