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The Seven Craziest Conspiracy Theories in Sports

by davidbreitman   November 02, 2010 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 2,194

5. The Boston Celtics’ (kind of) Poisoned Opposing Teams


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With the exception of Tiger Woods and tax evasion chain gangs at white collar summer camps, nobody understands the old adage of “it’s only cheating if you get caught” quite like legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach.

Legend has it that Auerbach used advantageous – and non-prohibited – plumbing techniques to gain an edge over visiting opponents. The heralded bench boss allegedly turned off the hot water in the visitors’ locker room and connected their drinking fountains to the sewage pipes. It’s unclear if this helped Auerbach win the game or just spread Hepatitis. What we do know s that he won more NBA titles than anybody before him, so questioning his methods would be ridiculous.

(Note: Now that Bill Belichick has also been caught cheating while coaching a Boston area sports team, is it too cheesy to ask if there’s “something in the water” affecting their moral compass?)

4. Wayne Gretzky Blames His Wife For the Family Gambling Problems


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In 2006, Janet Gretzky (yes, the star of the 1973 classic short film “Gollocks! There’s Plenty of Room in New Zealand”) admitted to placing Super Bowl bets with her husband’s good friend Rich Tocchet. Conveniently, the admission came after many people speculated that her far more important husband had made the bets.

Seeing as an NHL head coach is strictly prohibited from gambling on sports and “female witness 3” in the movie “Alpha Dog” has limited wagering restrictions, it seems like a no-brainer conspiracy theory.

3, LeBron James Left Cleveland After His Mother took her Sexual Talents to Delonte West’s Bedroom

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To be fair, there are hundreds of possible reasons why LeBron James left Cleveland in order to ply his trade on the sunny beaches of South Beach. Chief amongst them perhaps is that Zydrunas Ilgauskas looks great in a bikini.

However, the most intriguing rumor surrounding James’ departure centered around his mother’s romantic relations to his teammate (and gun-toting lunatic) Delonte West. Although West and James both deny that the affair happened, some insiders believe that basketball’s most notable player was so distraught about the rumors that he wanted to distance himself from the situation. Luckily, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were available for five contractual years of pigging out on Chocolate Ice Cream and sharing their feelings.