Thursday, January 17, 2013
GREATEST SPORTS HOAXES OF ALL-TIME
SIDD FINCH On April Fool's Day in 1985, Sports Illustrated ran a story about
a pitcher whose fastball was clocked at 168 MPH while he was throwing in
bare feet. They had pictures and everything. Most of us were buying it, until
Sports Illustrated revealed that it was just a hoax.
DANNY ALMONTE In 2001, a left-handed pitcher out of the Bronx dominated
the Little League World Series like nobody had in the history of the tournament.
Almonte was clocked in the mid-70's and had a slider that made Steve Carlton
envious. He struck out 63 of the 72 batters he face. Trouble was, he and his
coaches had lied about his age. He turned out to be 23 years old with two kids,
a wife, and a dog. Ok, he was really only 14 but he was definitely a man among
KEVIN HART. With his entire high school looking on, the Nevada senior was
going to make his college choice official. A stud lineman who had been rated
highly by Rivals.com, Carl had two hats in front of him on a table. It was either
going to be California or the Oregon Ducks. Hart chose the Golden Bears.
Trouble was, Cal didn't want him and never even offered him a scholarship.
Hart admitted he made the entire thing up. Give him big points for creativity.
ROSIE RUIZ Running in just the second marathon of her life, Ruiz was the
first woman to cross the finish line in the 1980 Boston Marathon. She had
a medal draped around her neck and a wreath placed on her head after
setting a woman's record with a time of just over 2:30. Trouble was, people
had spotted her riding on the 'T', Boston's underground transportation system.
That was Rosie being Rosie, long before Manny Ramirez arrived in Boston.
She admitted to cheating to win the event.
MANTI TE'O. If John Grisham, James Patterson, Quintin Tarantino, and
Stephen Spielberg got together, they would have trouble topping the story
that's coming out of South Bend. A star linebacker meets a girl online,
tells everybody she's now his girlfriend, and then she dies of leukemia.
He plays inspired ball in helping the Fighting Irish earn a berth in the national
championship game. And she doesn't even exist. Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!
And The winner for best picture goes to.......