You gotta love the versatility of sports. When things go the way we want, it’s exhilarating, incredible, inspiring, and heartwarming. When things don’t go the way we want, it’s boring, depressing, disenchanting, and heartbreaking. In either case, sports fans tend to lose their minds a little bit.
In victory, people jump up and down, hug strangers, and sometimes head outside with likeminded individuals to flip cars—in other words, stuff they normally wouldn’t do. In defeat, people start looking for explanations to mitigate their suffering, sometimes losing sight of common sense and concocting grand conspiracy theories.
Now, generally, I’m not a huge fan of conspiracy theories in politics. I prefer to keep my theoretical skepticism confined to the world of sports. There’s a lot less at stake, so I can afford to be a little delusional. And let’s face it, being delusional from time to time can be easier than facing the truth (i.e., that your team’s just not that good).
So let’s take a look at some of the greatest conspiracy theories in the world of sports. None of them are quite as “out there” as some of the 9/11 conspiracy theories, but some are still pretty far-fetched. Especially the one we lead off with…