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Why is There a Compelling Need to Cheat?


According to California State University, Los Angeles Sociology Professor Gretchen Peterson, the need to cheat in slow pitch softball is to simply demonstrate one’s own abilities within the limelight of what is supposedly a team game. Apparently winning a recreational softball tournament or game is this century’s Gumball Rally.  If people will do whatever it takes to win a t-shirt or weekend tournament, then its worth exploring a bit how people cheat in other sports. 

Baseball: In baseball, entire books about cheating have been written.  In fact, in baseball, it’s not cheating if you’re not trying. And these days, each of the 30 major league teams is not even doing things by the book.  They use computers, advance scouts, and analytics to gain every advantage possible.  In addition, forms of baseball cheating also consist of corking bats, scuffing up baseballs, and (allegedly) betting on ones own teams.  Yet things like stealing bases to steal signs are perfectly acceptable within the code.

baseball manager crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing is apparently not cheating

Professional Football: Apparently the NFL has a grip-like vise on cheating.  In recent years, three head coaches have been fined heavily for infractions such as eavesdropping, bounties, and standing too close to the sideline.  The occasional player gets penalized for hitting another player the wrong way.  In fact, the whole game can be considered cheating.  Coordinators are high atop the stadium issuing commands to their players through radios, and players are hitting each other as violently as they can to try and injure them and take them out of commission for the contest.  Ironically, the NFL fan has to go through Israel airport style security, but the teams don’t check the coordinators booths for bugs and wiretaps.

NFL cheerleaders wage disparity

The disgusting element of the NFL is the wage disparity. These cheerleaders COMBINED eaned less than 40,000 per season for their efforts on the field!

Golf:  A few years ago, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren got into a lovers spat with him driving his SUV 30 miles in a 25 mile per hour zone avoiding his scorned wife and causing 3200 dollars damage to a hydrant and a tree.  Shortly after, it was revealed Woods was having affairs with multiple women.  This caused Nordegren to file for divorce and her part of the settlement was 1 million….er, 750 million dollars and custody of the children.  This ordeal left a lot more questions than answers.  Is the justice system really this skewed towards black men?   What about the feelings and rights of the women that weren’t married to Woods? Shouldn’t they get part of the 125 million dollar per year pie for being with such a monster?  Are their kids really that obnoxious?

Elin Nordegren moneybags

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

NBA:  The NBA is tightly guarded and contained. Cheating occurs sometimes, it’s just that the referees aren’t necessarily there to witness it.  Every movement is captured within the arena, so to evidence cheating requires amateur sleuths to look elsewhere.  For instance, some of these 18 year old kids that pass high school and go straight to the NBA.  Its easy to imagine that growing up and excelling in basketball would cause other aspects of ones life to falter such as grades.  These kids are all in and ill prepared for a second career after basketball,  With the fact that 90 percent of NBA players go broke after playing in the NBA within 5 years, its easy to conjecture where the cheating occurs.

Tim Donaghy hands on hips

I didn’t witness no cheating

Cheating in sports is subtle and implicit, yet for the most part officially sanctioned by their leagues as a means of drawing revenues.  Therefore, we should ask ourselves if cheating is simply something in human nature as a means to demonstrate one’s ability? To purport self gain?   Or is it something that exists far beyond our immediate millieu?

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