Cheaters Gonna Cheat

Aug 7, 2012

What is cheating? In games, It takes myriad forms. There's the spontaneous cheating that mainly tests the watchfulness and judgment of the officials. How much can I push you or nudge you with my elbow? Can anybody see this cheap shot to your face as we football linemen hunker down before the snap?

Then there's the cheating that's kind of an art. In the 1960's and 70's, a pitcher named Gaylord Perry dazzled, maddened and fascinated major league baseball fans with his legendary doctored ball. Perry was believed to be putting all manner of substances on the ball but he was hard to catch and roguishly charming.  Then there's the doping kind of cheating. Ingesting potentially performance enhancing substances is not new, as we'll point out today, but the most obvious transition, to Americans, was from the spitballs and corked bats of the 70s and 80s to the juicing of the 90s. On the audio here, a show about cheating at games, especially Olympic ones. 

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