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The spirit of sportsmanship dictates fair competition, with the best man using his skills and resilience to win. However, over the years, many athletes have broken out of that convention, using shady means to gain an unfair advantage over the competition. In this three part series, we will be going through some of these acts, along with the aftermath of their actions.
Fred Lorz- Marathon Runner
In the 1904 Olympic marathon, a professional bricklayer by the name of Fred Lorz had participated in the race. The run started off clean, with everyone aiming to finish the stretch at first place, but by the end of it, it was Fred Lorz who finished the race the quickest. However, after being awarded, he confessed moments later to using unfair means in order to finish the race.
He ran the initial few miles on foot, but was later on aided by his manager, who gave him a ride in his automobile while the race was still in progress. The car broke down after eleven miles, but since there were only a few more miles to go, Lorz ran the last few miles to finish in first place.
He was banned from running marathons for a year after his confession. However, he made good on his mistake, and practiced for a year to win the Boston Marathon of 1905 through fair means.
Continuing on with the second installment of the three part series, we look at one of the worst acts of cheating in professional rugby, when an English professional rugby team, the Harlequins, faced off against Leinster for a shot at the finals game.
The English team was clearly outmatched by the competition, with Leinster dominating the playing field for the better half of the game. Many of the Harlequins players were getting injured on the field and were getting substituted again and again. In Rugby, only a certain number of player substitutions are allowed while the game is in progress, so that current players might get rested up. However, if a player gets injured, the limitations do not apply. The unnatural amount of injuries, along with the quick healing of the Harlequin’s players on the field, made officials a little suspicious.
They soon found out that the Harlequins were using blood packets to fake injuries and cuts, in order to allow for numerous substitutions. Not only that, but it was also uncovered that the English team had used this illicit approach in previous games as well.
After this elaborate plot was uncovered, several of the team’s players were fined and even banned from playing professional league games. In fact, they were about to be permanently barred from playing in any European league game. The team’s doctor was also imposed with a heavy fine.
What cheating in sports list would be complete without the infamous Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan incident in the selections for the 1994 Olympics?
Tonya Harding- Figure Skating
In 1994, one of the biggest scandals in sports history took place, when it was discovered that figure skater Tonya Harding, along with her (ex) husband Jeff Gillooly and bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt hired Shane Stant to break her rival Nancy Kerrigan’s leg. The plan was to injure Kerrigan so she may not be able to compete in 1994 figure skating championships.
However, things didn’t go as planned. Stant got a hold of her in Detroit, after failing to locate her at Massachusetts. He stuck her on the thigh, a few inches above the knee, with an ASP baton. The injury did not break her leg, but caused severe bruising, causing her to drop out of the competition. Even though this placed Harding in the Olympic team, Kerrigan was also selected.
By the time of the Olympic competition, Kerrigan had made a full recovery, winning the silver medal in figure skating, while Harding was placed at the 8th position. Once caught, Harding was forced to resign from the USFSA, along with dropping out of the 1994 World Figure Skating championship. She avoided jail time and further prosecution by pleading guilty to conspiracy, and served 3 years probation, along with a $160,000 fine and a 500 hour community service. She missed out on the greater part of the Ice skating boom that followed after 1995, due to the lifetime ban by the USFSA after conducting its own investigation.
We are finally in March and the lull between the Super Bowl and any other sporting event of any significance is now over with the start of the March Madness NCAAB Men’s College Basketball tournament. The below March Madness 2014 picks and predictions with updated wagering odds are being taken from the Top Bet Sportsbook and the Bovada Sportsbook which make our list of the top 3 sports betting sites for US players. Our four number 1 seeds will be previewed below. Let’s dig in our heels early March is almost upon us. So let’s indulge, shall we? Here are our final four predictions for this year’s March Madness tournament.
Wichita State Betting Odds
Greg Marshall has this team running like a well oiled machine. They are red hot collectively and individually. With Ron Baker proving to be clutch and with last year’s final four appearance and this year’s 30-0 season, the Shockers are proving that they are not a one hit wonder. It is easy to complain about their schedule, but it’s not their fault that they had that schedule to begin with. They took care of businesses and that’s all you could ask from them. The bottom line, you simply can’t mess with perfection.
Florida Betting Lines
Back court has questions marks, but the old adage still rings true for the Gators, defense wins championships, and boy do they defend like their lives depend on it. Sure they are in the SEC, a conference on par with the Missouri Valley, but look at their schedule… Seminoles, Kansas, Memphis, Wisconsin, their body of work is impressive and they sure look like going deep this season.
Syracuse Betting Odds
The picture is pretty straight forward for Syracuse, win the last three and make a deep run into the ACC tournament theb it’s more than likely they will end up with the number 1 seed.
Kansas Betting Lines
The two strongest leagues are Big 10, and Big 12, but unfortunately, there are no clear-cut favorites or any clear-cut contenders for the number 1 seed, but when you factor in Kansas’s tough schedule, and the fact that if they end up winning the Big 12 tournament, chances are they will sneak in to the last seed spot.
You can catch the latest March Madness online betting odds at the top sports betting sites for NCAA basketball.
Boxing is at an all-time high this year and Floyd “Money” Mayweather has announced who his next fight will be against. Marcos Maidana will be the lucky contender to face Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. Currently boxing betting online odds have Mayweather sitting as a -600 favorite to defend his Championship title.
Considering the numerous physical injuries in sports, along with the larger than life stakes on the line, it should come as no surprise that there are more than just a few meltdowns that athletes go through. Some of them, however, have the unfortunate distinction of being caught on live cameras in front of millions of people watching, while they contemplate their life choices and go completely berserk. Let’s have a look at a few of them in this 3 part series.
In 1997, former heavyweight boxing champion Oliver McCall broke down in the middle of the ring while fighting Lennox Lewis for the Heavyweight championship.
During the third round, McCall dropped his defensive stance and let Lewis gain the upper hand. Sheer confusion ensued, as spectators commented it might be a trick or strategy to get his opponent’s guard down. Things started to be clearer when McCall when started weeping in his corner at the end of the 4th round.
After concern from the referee, who asked him if he wanted to continue the fight to which McCall replied in the affirmative, he was defeated 50 seconds into the next round by TKO. The referee had to stop the fight after McCall refused to defend himself. The incident is still remembered today, 15 years later, as one of the most infamous boxing meltdowns in the history of the sport.
As we continue to look back at the most entertaining celebrity and athlete meltdowns we move on to Angle Matos. Carrying on with the list, we look at one of the fastest meltdowns in recent history, when Cuban Taekwondo fighter, Angel Matos, attacked a judge after losing a match through technical knockout.
The 2008 summer Olympics being his third time onto the Olympic field, Matos had sufficient experience in the sport, along with being the fan favorite. During the matchup with an opponent, Matos suffered a broken toe injury.
According to the rules of Taekwondo, a fighter is allotted a narrow time bracket to heal any injuries he may have suffered during the fight in order to continue. But since Matos could not possibly recover within that time bracket, the Swedish judge called for the match to be over, awarding the victory to his opponent. Matos, who was dominating most of the fight, clearly didn’t know what was going. It is speculated that this was due to a language barrier between the Swedish official trying to explain things.
Matos, confused and furious over his defeat, retaliated by attacking the judge with a high kick. Then, he proceeded to further physically threaten the judge to reverse his decision, which as you might have expected, was a lost cause now. The Cuban caused further controversy, pushing another judge and spitting on the stadium floor before finally leaving.
Due to his actions, Matos not only lost the fight, but also earned a lifetime ban by the Olympic committee from ever competing in the sport again.
Today we will be looking at one of the greatest meltdowns in sports in a first of a 3-part series on meltdowns in professional sports and televised sporting events.
Last but not least, we bring you the most spectacular sports meltdown in recent history. You probably might think that the greatest meltdown in sports would come from an ultraviolent sport like MMA, Ice Hockey or Boxing, but the honor belongs to a relatively unknown sport- Australian Football.
A meltdown where you harm yourself is considered normal. One where you might try to harm your opponent is considered violent. But a meltdown where you attack the umpire, your own teammates, along with a fan watching from a safe distance is plain crazy. Such were the events of the 1985 Australian football match between Collingwood and an opposing team from Sydney.
John Bourke, a Collingwood player, was constantly being subject to cheap shots by an opposing player. Tired of it, he retaliated by tripping him onto the field, ushering in the umpire to call a foul, but Burke wasn’t done there.
He decided that the best measure would be to throw the umpire onto the ground, followed by punching one of his teammates who was trying to calm him down and get him off the field. Even the audience wasn’t immune to Bourke’s wrath, as he jumped over the guard rail proceeded to punch a fan, knocking him out.
As a result of his actions, Bourke was suspended for 10 years, effectively ending his career on the football field. He will, however, be remembered as one of the most violent athletes of his time.
MMA is a serious sport, no doubt, with fighters putting their bodies on the line every time they step into the octagon. Like any other sports, the fights usually involve an equal dose of sportsmanship, along with mutual respect for the opponents. But sometimes, the stakes are much higher than just winning or a championship, transcending into the area of simple, satisfying revenge. Let’s look at some of MMA’s greatest revenge matches of all time.
Brock Lesnar versus Frank Mir
Before joining the UFC, Brock Lesnar was working as a professional wrestler in the WWE. Well known for his muscle bound physique, he has often been critiqued for his lack of patience in fights, relying more on a street fighting style as compared to the technical approach that most MMA fighters use.
This proved to be right, as he lost to Frank Mir in his debut match within a short time of the first round. Lesnar had gone in strong, throwing powerful punches on Mir, but made the mistake of keeping his legs exposed which Mir used to get him into a leg lock, making him submit.
Following the fight, Mir kept on reporting on how Lesnar’s impatient style caused the difference, and that he needs to be more “technical” in order to succeed in the game. Lesnar didn’t take those comments too kindly, as shown in their rematch at UFC 100, where the unified world title was on the line.
Brock kept on punching Frank in the first round, learning from his mistakes and dominating the first 5 minutes. By the end of it, Mir had suffered numerous cuts, but kept on going with it. In the starting moments of the second round, Brock reversed a flying knee attempt by Mir, dropping him onto the ground and using his heavy punches again, making the referee stop the fight.
After the victory, Brock told Mir to “Talk all the shit you want now!” along with flipping off everyone in the crowd.
The second installment of this series follows the revenge of Quintin “Rampage” Jackson, against one of the most dangerous fighters of all time; Wanderlei Silva.
Rampage Jackson versus Wanderlei Silva
The two squared up for the first time at Pride’s middleweight tournament in 2003, where Rampage lost to Silva via knockout. He, however, got a chance to redeem himself a year later at Pride 28, where once again, he lost in one of the most repeatedly televised knockouts on the internet. A powerful hook by Silva had left Jackson dangling in the ropes, completely knocking him out. But that’s not the end of this rivalry. Rampage wasn’t going to let it end this way.
Four years later, the two met for the third time at UFC 92. For the first 3 minutes of the fight, they were circling, sneaking in a few kicks and punches at a time. But Silva proceeded forward with a right hand, which is what Jackson was waiting for. As Silva tried to connect more punches, Rampage dodged and punished him with a strong left hook, knocking the day lights out of Silva.
He then capitalized on a downed Silva by throwing in more head punches on the ground, making the referee stop the fight and award the victory to Jackson. After 4 years, Rampage had finally avenged his humiliating defeat, proving to be one of the toughest fighters in the sport.
The greatest revenge fight in MMA history took 5 years in the making, and involved a man who is widely considered by many as the greatest MMA fighter of all time; Fedor Emelianenko. Fedor was undefeated for almost a decade, after which he lost three consecutive fights and one draw. However, a stain on his impeccable record was his 5th fight, against Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in Japan.
Fedor vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka
In December 2000, Fedor lost his fifth fight to Kohsaka due to a technicality just 17 seconds into the match. Kohsaka had accidentally scraped Fedor’s forehead as a result of a missed punch, which caused a huge gash on the Russian’s forehead. Officials had to stop the fight, and as rules of that time didn’t allow for a draw, the victory was awarded to Kohsaka via TKO.
Fedor went on to use his god given talents to decimate 16 more men before finally meeting Kohsaka, 5 years later at Pride Bushido. Fedor, known for his calm persona, perhaps for the first time lost his cool, completely destroying Kohsaka. As soon as the fight started, the Russian fighter threw Kohsaka to the ground, punching his way till the end of the first round, after which officials stopped the fight to prevent the Japanese fighter from getting killed.
It’s a stereotype that Russians are tough people, trained since birth to be emotionless fighters as seen in Rocky 4. However, Fedor Emelianenko proved that stereotype to be correct, destroying everything that dares to stand in the ring with him.
Athletes put it all on the line and sometimes this leads to injuries. Today we will be looking at the worst sports injuries which is a post inspired by the Lebron James injury which resulted from Lebron breaking his nose during a drive to the hope against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lebron finished the play with a dunk by the way.
Most men would cringe at the thought of something bad happening in the area between their legs. If you are one of those men, then it’s advisable to take some precautionary measures before reading further, as we look at the worst sports injury of all time.
Former Rugby player Wayne Shelford holds the unfortunate honor of suffering the worst sports injury of all time, when during a Rugby game in 1986, he went through a man’s worst nightmare.
Rugby players at that time basically didn’t wear much protection gear, which is ironic seeing that the sport involves tackling different men in pursuit of a victory. Also note that they are required to wear cleats, in order to give them a better foot grip on the field.
As Shelford was about to make a home run with the ball, he got tackled by a barrage of players from the French team. In the ensuing struggle, one of the player’s cleats cut through Shelford’s scrotum. Yes, he walked to the sidelines with a testicle hanging out of his shorts.
At this point, a normal man would probably blackout or die, but Shelford proved he’s superhuman, getting stitched up right then and there, and then going back onto the field. Yes, he didn’t let a torn scrotum come in his way, and instead kept playing.
So the next time you whine at a paper cut or a simple bruise, think of the torn scrotum that Shelford suffered to ease your suffering (or enhance it).
Worst Sports Injuries- Part 2
Ice hockey is a violent sport, no doubt, with fights and tough men with lost teeth being a mainstay attraction in the sport. But there’s a limit to what one defines as normal violent, and “Clint Malarchuk” violence. The former may involve shoving opponents in ice and beating them to the ground, but the latter involves slicing your jugular vein on the ice. Yes, you heard that right.
While playing a routine ice hockey game in 1989 against the St. Louis Blues, Malarchuk accidentally sliced his jugular vein when an opposing player tripped and his blade cut Clint’s neck. As soon as the blade sliced through, Malarchuk’s neck started sprouting blood onto the rink. Do keep in mind that the match was live, and that millions of hockey fans were witness to the violent incident. Many audience members reportedly suffered heart attacks while watching, along with other hockey players vomiting on the ice.
Clint, defying all boundaries of human limitations, simply stuck his hockey glove in the gash to stop the bleeding while his trainer covered his wound with a towel, after which he was taken into emergency surgery.
Fortunately, after 300 stitches, Malarchuk not only survived the injury, but also continued with practice 4 days later. When later asked why he reacted so calmly to the puddles of blood coming out of his neck, Malarchuk stated that he didn’t want to upset his mother, who was watching the game at home.
Worst Sports Injuries- Part 3
It’s no surprise that professional sports demand a lot of physical endurance, often resulting in broken bones and what not on the playing field. Let’s have a look at the three worst sports injuries of all time, starting with the man who went blind during a super bowl game; Terrell Davis.
Going into Super Bowl Sunday 1998 as the runner back for the Denver Broncos, Davis pulled off one of the most amazing feats in sports history. While playing against the Green Bay packers, he got kicked in the head during the second quarter of the game. The extent of his injury wasn’t clear immediately, but once Davis was called onto the sidelines, he started to go blind.
Davis, not one to quit, went into the game once again when called, completely blind. He ran for one play, after which he was taken into the locker room and given medication by the supervisors. A normal person would probably start contemplating his life and question God. But this wasn’t a normal person, this was Terrell Davis.
Once he was able to see a little after 15 minutes, he went into the game again. Not only did he run for 103 more yards, he made history by scoring the most touchdowns in a game by a running back (three).
Have you ever wondered why so many people bet on boxing and have you also ever wanted to bet on boxing yourself? Well, not everyone can make it out to the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, so betting on boxing online has now become the next best thing. You may have heard of Floyd “Money” Mayweather placing millions of dollars in bets on all major sporting events including boxing, NFL games, and College Football.
Although online sports betting is relatively new in the world of gambling, betting on boxing itself can be traced back to the 1600′s. It all started with bare knuckle boxing which brings us to some of the biggest boxing rivalries and betting matches in recent memory.
Best Boxing Rivalry and Betting Match: Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns
This was one of the longest running boxing rivalries in the history of the sport, as it took 8 years to conclude, and ended in a draw. Sugar Ray Leonard was one of the most charismatic boxers of the 1980s, earning over $11 million for facing Thomas “Hitman” Hearns in the wrong, who had a reputation for being one of the most vicious punchers.
Billed as “The Showdown”, the bout took place at Ceasers Palace in Nevada on September 16 1981. Leonard fought from a distance in the early rounds, with Hearns waiting for the proper time to strike and keeping it cool. However, Leonard had difficulty avoiding the long reach of the Hitman, and was badly injured around his left eye. It looked as if the fight was about to be over, but Leonard started to gain the lead on the points after the sixth round, with Hearns gaining the edge again in the 12th round. After Leonard’s trainer Angelo Dundee said the now legendary phrase “You’re blowing it, son! You’re blowing it!” Leonard responded and managed to score a 14th round victory via TKO.
A rematch occurred 8 years later, in the famous Las Vegas bout called “The War”. Leonard had already retired before, and was the underdog for the matchup. The match started with Hearns taking the upper hand, and most observers believed that he would take the lead in the scorecards. However, the fight ended in a split decision, with the decision being booed by the audiences, who felt Hearns was the winner.
Later on, even Leonard admitted that Hearns should have been the winner, thus giving a graceful end to one of the best boxing rivalries and betting upsets in the world of boxing wagering.
One of the greatest upsets in sports came to us in the form of a lopsided boxing match. It involved one of the biggest names in boxing, and one of the smallest.
You probably would have never heard the name before. We don’t blame you, as Buster Douglas’s reign as the Heavyweight Boxing Champion was brief, losing the title to Evander Holyfield. What makes Douglas one of the greatest underdog champions of all time was his victory against the, till that time undefeated, Mike Tyson.
Tyson was the heavyweight boxing champion back in 1990, gaining a fearsome reputation as the “Baddest man on the planet”. Douglas, however, was a relatively unknown boxer, with a decent boxing record, but nothing that came close to Mike Tyson’s record. In fact, the fight was hailed as a “warm up” for Tyson’s championship fight with Evander Holyfield, which was scheduled for later.
The odds were heavily against Douglas, at a 42-1 in Tyson’s favor, something that is unheard of. The events that followed were something reminiscent of the first Rocky movie. Tyson had his hands full, as Douglas proved to be more than just another punching bag for him, and took the fight early on.
Douglas went down in the 8th round with a sharp hook by Tyson, but got up and took the edge over Tyson in the next round, knocking Tyson down in the 10th round. The audience couldn’t believe what they just witnessed, as the undisputed champion of the world lied down on the mat, being put there by a relatively unknown boxer.
Douglas’s championship didn’t last too long, losing the title to Holyfield, and retiring at a 38-6-1 record. His victory against Tyson, however, would be remembered for a long time.