Most people love sports… surely, sports are without conspiracies… right? Wrong. There are many conspiracies related to the world of sport. From boxing to swimming… you’ll find many of them here on this blog. Why don’t you check them out?
Phelps and the Mysterious Gold Medal
Michael Phelps had a horrible start to the beginning of the 100-meter butterfly at the 2008 Beijing Games, but he managed to put together a miraculous finish to take gold.
Or did he?
The replay isn’t conclusive, but appears to show Serbia’s Milorad Cavic narrowly defeating Phelps. Phelps was given the win according to his electronic touch pad, which registered the American coming in one one-hundredth of a second before Cavic.
The possible conspiracy theory here is that Phelps’ electronic touch pad was rigged to be extra sensitive, and that the swimmer had actually triggered the pad with the force of the water his hands moved in their downstroke toward the wall.
Hand of God? Hand of Argentina…
Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona got away with the equivalent of handball murder in a 1986 World Cup quarterfinal against England.
The striker fielded the ball with his hand after a botched clearing by an English defender, punching the ball over the head of England’s goalkeeper and into the net. The infraction wasn’t called, as referees apparently failed to notice the glaring handball.
The lack of a call by officials remains a mystery today, and one of the explanations could be that officials wanted to see Argentina, the underdogs, defeat England.
Riggs…. Just Rigged?
In 1973, professional tennis player and hustler Bobby Riggs challenged women’s tennis legend Billie Jean King to a “Battle of the Sexes” match, the implied meaning of which was to sort out whether the best female player in the world could keep up with a decent male player.
King ended up dismantling Riggs, and some believed Riggs had bet against himself and purposely let the match get away from him.
The Ali Punch
Muhammad Ali’s famous “phantom punch” against Sonny Liston in February 1964 was a pivotal and controversial moment in boxing history.
Ali (then Cassius Clay) hit the then-heavyweight champion with a seemingly light counterpunch that sent Liston to the mat in the first round. Liston was unable to recover from the blow, and Ali was awarded the TKO.
The manner in which Liston went down has drawn speculation about the fight, with some believing Liston fixed the fight in order to pay off debts with the mob.
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