The Fix

June 26, 2013
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Most old timers remember the Black Sox Scandal (when the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series in baseball), and some of the point-shaving incidents in college basketball that crop up every once in a while. What you hear about every year is who really controls certain pro sport playoff outcomes. I read that if the Pacers had beaten the Heat, TV revenue would have been cut in half. With those kind of statements, people will still always wonder if the games are really played out or are they manipulated toward a positive TV outcome. I am still not so cynical that I believe all of them are fixed and most of the time the team playing the best ball wins. We all know that certain players get by with a lot more than the lesser known ones do. Michael Jordan got 5 steps before he traveled, and Joe Morgan seldom ever got called out on strikes. Likewise, LeBron James never pushes off to get open. Once in a while officials have been disciplined for questionable calls in games, but those are usually for ineptness rather than trying to allow a certain team to win. You do wonder how certain ball players seem to always avoid drug testing when later it is revealed they use banned substances. I know TV is powerful and schedules are altered so certain teams get on TV more than others, but I still think that most championships are still won by the best team in that particular season. At least we hope that is the case.

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Vogt’s Annual Blueberry Festival @ Vogt Farm
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