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It Seemed Smart

7 EpisodesProduced by SB NationWebsite

Liars, cheaters, burglars, oh my! Enter the amusing, diabolical, and entertaining world of sports trickery and mayhem. Spencer Hall shares the absurd stories of stolen bats, pirated play calls, renegade cross-country road racers, and promising footballers who, it turns out, were never really footbal… read more

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Introducing It Seemed Smart

September 25th, 2018


True stories of people who broke the rules of the game, just to win. Hosted by Spencer Hall.

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The Great Albert Belle Bat Caper

October 23rd, 2018


In 1994, the Cleveland Indians crawled through a ceiling, stole a bat out of an umpire’s dressing room, and set off a chain of events that eventually …

How to Plan to Break the Law in 20 States at Once

October 30th, 2018


The Cannonball Run, a 28-hour car sprint across the United States, involves a thousand small challenges, and two huge ones: how to fool the cops, and …

The Shady Rise and Spectacular Fall of Daily Fantasy Sports

November 6th, 2018


The online fantasy boom made a lot of people rich: the fantasy sports companies that raked in millions on barely legal bets; and some of their employees who used insider info to cash in.

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Wakeyleaks (a college football espionage story)

November 13th, 2018


Wake Forest suspected that someone was stealing its playbook. What they didn’t know was that it was an inside job.

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Tour de France is the pinnacle of cheating in sports — Part 1

November 20th, 2018


There is cheating, and then there is the Tour de France.

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Tour de France is the pinnacle of cheating — Part 2

November 27th, 2018


Tour de France Part 2 looks at doping, and what happened when it all finally went too far — even for the Tour de France.

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