A magnet for cheaters

August 21, 2008|By BILL ORDINE

Seven members of the Joe Gibbs Racing team have been sanctioned by NASCAR for cheating, some suspended indefinitely. To cut to the chase, members on the mechanical side of the Gibbs team tried to thwart a chassis dyno test by placing magnetic spacers under the gas pedals of two cars used in the Nationwide Series.

Now, I'd have a hard time explaining the difference between a magnetic spacer and a pencil sharpener, but it doesn't sound like something that can happen accidentally.

So here's the question: Whether it's steroids in baseball, unethical taping of opponents in football, gambling-addicted basketball referees, fudging college athletes' transcripts, drugging horses or something called magnetic spacers in auto racing, is there a game anywhere that's on the level?

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