5The Moment: The Shot Heard Round the World
The Insane Theory :
In 1951, baseball's New York Giants found themselves trailing the Brooklyn Dodgers by 13.5 games in the standings with less than two months to go. Typically teams faced with such an insurmountable deficit call it a season and start stocking away grain alcohol for those long winter months.
But with the possible exception of Philadelphians, no one likes losing. So, the Giants decided to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, try extra hard and play great, fundamental baseball. When that failed they decided to just cheat their way back into contention.
How did they do it? Well, believe it or not, Bill Belichick didn't invent signal stealing.
Except, when the Giants cheated, they won.
Allegedly during their home games, the Giants would send a coach out to center field armed with a telescope and electronic buzzer with which to steal and relay the other team's signs to the hitter. Since it happened in the black and white era, we're forced to assume this led to Three Stooges-style slapstick shenanigans; a buzzer malfunction leading to some good old fashioned genital shocking, if we had to guess.
During the final stretch of the season, the Giants managed to make up their huge deficit and force a three game playoff with the Dodgers, culminating in Bobby Thompson's now legendary home run to win the pennant, which sportswriters dubbed "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" because they figured nothing else important already had dibs on that name.
Why it Might be True :
Exactly 50 years after the Giants cemented their place in history, Wall Street Journal writer Joshua Prager published a book detailing how the Giants stole signals and with them, the pennant.
Two years later in 2003, the Associated Press ran a piece in which they quoted former Giants Monte Irvin, Sal Yvars and Al Gettel admitting that the team cheated through the duration of the comeback.
But, they also said that knowing what pitch was coming didn't really give them an advantage, and that they didn't steal signals during the playoff series. They also presumably insisted that being professional baseball players never got them laid.
4The Moment: Junior Wins One for His Dad
The Insane Theory :
In February 2001, NASCAR fans lost their most legendary driver at their most legendary event when Dale Earnhardt was tragically killed during the last lap of the Daytona 500. In June of that same year, NASCAR returned to Daytona and what transpired resembled a Hollywood ending, only without slow motion and melodramatic music.
Earnhardt's son Dale Jr. found himself in seventh place with only six laps to go, but somehow, miraculously, managed to come from behind for the storybook victory at the racetrack that claimed his father's life.
Many fans and rival drivers have been vocal about Junior's win being just a bit too perfect, and hinted that NASCAR may have been pulling some strings in order to give Junior the emotional win and, presumably, their sport a ratings boost. Either that or the drivers who had been ahead of Junior suddenly developed the driving habits of elderly women.
Why it Might be True :
From May of 2000 until his win at Daytona in June of 2001, Junior had won exactly zero times, a span of 36 races. Keep in mind that this is a sport where your success is largely determined by how fast your car goes. Unless you're driving the little engine that could, inspiration can only take you so far.
But driving the car that was on a 36 race losing streak, he somehow passed six cars in two laps, which is a feat only repeated by Ricky Bobby as far as we know. Some have suggested that the drivers ahead of Junior eased back to let him win, while others have speculated that NASCAR gave Junior preferential treatment in his car's inspection, allowing him to soup up the car that had been losing.
Even racing legends like Bill Elliot, Richard Petty, and Richard Petty's mustache believe that something is fishy with NASCAR. Elliot in particular has been vocal, suggesting that "they still try to dictate results."
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Then again, what do you expect from a sport that shares its main demographic with WWE?