BOSTON - This week, the Boston Red Sox announced that they were parting ways with (read: firing) manager Alex Cora after his involvement in the Houston Astros sign-stealing cheating scandal that has rocked the MLB. On top of that, it seems likely that Cora's act extended all the way to Boston. And as if that was not enough, there still remains the lingering possibility that the New England Patriots could receive punishment for their alleged video recording of the Cincinnati Bengals sideline.
Between these two acts and Spygate and the Apple Watches and the DeflateGate, which seems to be the most ludicrous, but still, it counts, it seems like the Red Sox and the Patriots just cannot stop trying to find ways to cheat. It got me thinking about all the inevitable ways that the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins have cheated. How long will it be until we find about cheating scandals in basketball and hockey? That remains to be seen. Perhaps they didn't cheat at all! But they do play in Boston, so perhaps it seems unlikely that they are innocent.
One potential method of cheating for the Celtics could have come back during the Kevin Garnett era. With his new movie, Uncut Gems, Garnett has connections to Hollywood. Maybe he knows Zac Efron, who had access to magnetic basketball technology during High School Musical 3: Senior Year. That movie came out in 2008 and the Celtics won the title in 2008. Did Garnett use magnets on the rim for his basketballs? We may never know.
And let's think about the Al Horford days with the Celtics. It's hard for veterans to remain strong presences in the league, but Horford played for the University of Florida. Maybe he found access to the Fountain of Youth while in that state. I think that sort of substance would be banned in the NBA.
As for the Bruins, I am not sure there is any way to prove that David Pastrnak is not just hundreds of tiny, elite hockey players working together to form one big, elite hockey player. The hockey uniforms are thick and we don't know what goes on under there. That might be a way of cheating for the Bruins.
I'm sorry, I'm just frustrated.
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