September 5, 2017

First, the New England Cheatriots, and Now …

Filed under: Business Moves,Consumer Outrage,Corporate Outrage — Tom @ 10:53 pm

… the Boston Fraud Sox (hopefully more permanent, login-free link):

Boston Red Sox Used Apple Watches to Steal Signs Against Yankees

(For those unfamiliar with baseball, “stealing signs” by figuring out the other team’s “code” with your own eyes and without technological help, e.g., anything from binoculars to Apple Watches, is a hallowed tradition. Using technology to steal signs is indisputably cheating.)

The Associated Press and New York Times both say that the Red Sox are claiming that “Boston manager John Farrell, general Dave Dombrowski and other team executives were not aware of the operation, which had been going on for weeks.” Excuse me, but that hardly seems plausible.

I suppose we shouldn’t expect anything different from the area which gave us Ted Kennedy, Deval Patrick, Barney Frank’s house of prostitution, and the $22 billion “Big Dig.”

More seriously — and I know people will criticize me for this, but I’m a baseball and sports purist — when a sports team gets caught cheating, as the Patriots definitely have been (not once, but twice since the turn of the century), and as the Red Sox have been by their own admission, it ever so slightly but still validly tars the team’s entire history. (“They got caught doing this? For how long and in how many different ways have they been engaging in these and other underhanded tactics?”)

That was a long way of saying that cheating doesn’t only discredit you, it ever so slightly discredits — in perception — everyone in your franchise who came before you, and yes, even the related sport in general and society’s sense of fairness, justice, equity.

I didn’t say it’s fair — but don’t even try to tell me that it doesn’t have at least a slight negative effect in every area just mentioned. It’s really not arguable. I’m not as big a fan of professional football as I was many years ago. The Patriots/Cheatriots are a big part of the reason. After the exposure in 2001 of the cheating carried out by the New York Giants during the 1951 season and now the Red Sox cheating with Apple Watches, I’m also less of a baseball fan.

If those sports don’t like it, they can begin to remedy the situation by meting out serious punishments, and by convincingly cleaning up their acts. Until then, those two professional sports now represent a few minutes a day of curiosity instead of something worth spending a lot of time studying and following.

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