SBS Film Vault: Eight Men Out

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Published on : June 27, 2017

 

Can you imagine if a major sports championship was rigged? If it happened in today’s world it would shake the very foundation of American entertainment. The Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup playoffs, these are institutions. That’s what makes the story told in 1988’s Eight Men Out that much more intriguing. It’s the story of the 1919 Chicago White Sox, forever known as the Black Sox.

 

They were the team that helped throw the World Series that year, but before all that they were arguably the best baseball team ever assembled up to that point. They were damn near unstoppable and before the series, it was a foregone conclusion that they would beat the Cincinnati Reds in decisive fashion. But a penny pinching owner, a team who played in an era in which they were held hostage by that owner, and some opportunistic bad guys made sure that never happened. Let’s open up the SBS Film Vault and have a look at Eight Men Out.

 

The Team

This was an all star team that White Sox owner, Chalres Comiskey (Clifton James) had assembled for the 1919 season. They were led by “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (DB Sweeney) who had a .351 average and 96 RBI’s, and star pitcher Eddie Cicotte (David Strathairn) who finished the season 29-7 with a 1.82 ERA. The 1919 Chicago White Sox are still one of the greatest teams ever and finished 1st in the American League with a 88-52 record. There was no way they were going to lose to the Cincinnati Reds in the 9-game World Series. That is, until gamblers “Sleepy” Bill Burns (Christopher Lloyd) and Billy Maharg (Richard Edson), and famous gangster Arnold Rothstein (Michael Lerner), got involved.

 

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The Fix

Despite the fact that Chicago White Sox owner, Comiskey, had a historically talented roster, he was known for being cheap with his players and out of that grew a disdain for ownership. When word of the discontent among players on the team reaches Burns and Maharg, they convince a group of players on the team, including Cicotte, who was turned when Comiskey screwed him out of a $10,000 bonus.

 

Eventually Rothstein takes over the conspiracy and eight players including Happy Felsch (Charlie Sheen), Swede Risberg (Don Harvey), Joe Jackson, Chick Gandil (Michael Rooker), and Buck Weaver (John Cusack) get involved. Weaver maintained his innocence after the fact, claiming to have given it his all during the series, but he still had knowledge of the fix and didn’t bring it to the attention of the authorities.

 

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Up until Cicotte hit the leadoff hitter, Morrie Rath, with a pitch in game 1, sending the signal to Rothstein that the fix was in, no one was sure that the team would go through with it. Once they began to lose people became suspicious. It became obvious to some that the team wasn’t giving their full effort on the field. After the Reds won the series 5-3, the whispers of a fix in the World Series turned into shouts.

 

The Aftermath

A Chicago newsman writes an article condemning the White Sox, spurring an investigation into the World Series. All eight of the players tried in court and eventually acquitted of any wrongdoing but not before being implicated in some sort of underhanded behavior. Three players signed confessions but the documents were stolen before they could be presented to the court during trial, rendering them useless, but that didn’t stop the owners from taking the necessary precautions so nothing like that would ever happen again.

 

The owners came together to install the first ever league commissioner in baseball and he proceeded to ban seven players for their knowledge of the fix. Jackson was spared, but the rest never played professional baseball again. The new commissioner had the power to levy punishments against players and the position helped elevate Major League Baseball to a new level of legitimacy.

 

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Eight Men Out is a cautionary tale about what can happen when ownership and management squeeze labor and profit off the sweat of others without properly compensating those who do the heavy lifting. The players involved in the fix paid the ultimate price by losing the ability to play the game they loved at the highest level but the league had its reputation tarnished and it took years to recover. With an old timey feel and a star-studded cast, you should go watch this movie right now before you judge these players about the mistake they made.

 

 


Biggest scumbag moments in sports history

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Published on : March 7, 2017

 

 

Sports has plenty of villains. You can’t really blame them because sports tells a story and any good story has an antagonist. A lot of times these hero and villains tags are a result of rivalries. Most people worship Jordan, but as a lifelong Pistons fan, I can’t stand the guy. I may not like him but I don’t doubt his abilities as an athlete and his dedication to playing the game and he played the game the right way. That can’t be said for all of the athletes that might wear the tag of villain. Some of them are real scumbags. They do things that sully their reputations and the game as a whole. Here are some of the biggest scumbag moments in sports history.

 

Mike Tyson takes a bite

 

This will forever be engrained in my mind as the one time my family bought a pay-per-view boxing match. Thanks to Mike Tyson, we never did it again. It was a rematch between Tyson and Evander Holyfield. Holyfield had won the first match in an upset and Tyson was looking to exact some revenge. What unfolded was a complete joke. Tyson got worked pretty good in the first two rounds and by round three, the pressure was beginning to get to him. 40 seconds into the round, Holyfield got Tyson in a clinch and Tyson went on to show the world just how mentally unhinged he was at that point in his life. He bit off a large chunk of Holyfield’s right ear, which began to bleed. After determining that he could continue the fight, Holyfield had his left ear bitten by Tyson. They finished the round but the fight was stopped after that and Tyson was disqualified. “Iron” Mike went on to get kicked out of boxing for a year and was fined $3 million. He probably should have just taken that knockout like a man, but at least he has since apologized to and befriended Evander Holyfield.

 

Luis Suarez does his best Tyson impression

 

Another biting incident. What is it with these guys? Actually Uruguayan footballer, Luis Suarez, is something of a serial offender when it comes to biting his opponents. He has had three separate incidents of biting including one in the World Cup that landed him a four-month ban. The biting always happens during moments of frustration or bad play and he claims that it is some sort of release valve. I claim that he is a dip shit. To see someone with that much talent, on that big of a stage venting his frustrations like that is embarrassing. Just like Tyson, he has proven that he is weak willed and working out some issues. How about you close your vampire mouth and help your team win the game, not get yourself ejected.

 

Tonya Harding is scared she will lose

 The face of guilt.

 

Crazy things happen when people are competing in competitive contact sports. Tempers flare and mistakes can be made. Just ask Suarez and Tyson. But how diabolical do you have to be to try to take your opponent out of the game before the contest has even begun? That’s exactly what Tonya Harding did in 1994 when she, along with her ex-husband, arranged to have Nancy Kerrigan assaulted and unable to compete against her. Harding wanted to be the top skater and instead she got banned from US Figure Skating for life. She avoided a jail sentence by pleading to a lesser charge but four other people served time for their roles in the assault on Kerrigan. The injuries to Kerrigan’s leg kept her out of the National Championships but she recovered in time to be selected to the Olympic team that year along with Harding. Kerrigan went on to win silver and Harding came in 8th place. She ruined her career through her cowardice and still lost to Kerrigan.

 

The Black Sox

 

This is perhaps the scummiest thing to ever happen in all of the history of organized sports. Baseball is sacred in America, the national pastime. So the idea of rigging the World Series seems unholy and wrong, but in 1919 that’s exactly what happened. The Chicago White Sox faced the Cincinnati Reds, who would win the series in eight games (this was one of four years in baseball history that the World Series was nine games). Noted gangster, Arnold Rothstein, was involved in the plot for the Sox to throw the series and eight players on the team were banned from baseball for either helping throw games or having knowledge of the fix. The plot was born out of discontent with ownership but it went on to sully the sport, the players and the team that was known thereafter as the Black Sox.

 

If you ever have kids you should tell them about all of these people when you teach them what sportsmanship is all about. Make sure they know that this is not how you want conduct yourself. With any luck they will listen to you. These incidents are bad but do you have any other scumbag moments that you love to hate? Leave them in the comments section below.

 

 


Most Annoying Fan Bases in Sports

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Published on : August 5, 2015

 

 

I’ve been all over. So this is the truth. Here is a list of the most annoying fan bases in sports:

 

Bay Area Fans

Don’t you just hate them?

 

Whether you’re a “die hard” Warriors or Giants fan or a fair whether flipper between the Raiders & 49ers, just shut up about all of it. Being a die hard fan of anything by inductive reasoning makes you extremely annoying. The Bay Area is a particularly spoiled sports region that most people don’t think of as a hardcore sports region. The term “sore winners” comes to mind. Don’t forget to recycle those empty fair trade, organic beer cans after you shotgun them while tailgating.

 

Boston

A fan holds up a ‘Free Tom Brady’ sign at a Red Sox game.

 

Another spoiled sports region. All 4 major sports franchises from here have won championships in recent years. The fan base most likely to physically fight you over a minor disagreement. Shout out to Philly fans on violence too.
A city of “die hard fans” meaning they have so little going on in their life that they pour their whole personality into devotions to a team of millionaires. Millionaires competitors who care less about winning than their loyal fans who talk like they all had strokes.

 

Chicago

Put your shirts back on!

 

Shockingly worse accents than people from Boston. The perfect storm of spoiled (Blackhawks, 90s Bulls, Black Sox from not long ago, 80s Bears) and tortured (Cubs, Derrick Rose, current Bears) to combine for an infuriating brand of in-your-face pride & loser’s lamenting. Go eat comfort food from anywhere within 5 feet of you & shut your yapper!

 

New York

Less than a year ago they wanted A-Rods head on a spike in the Bronx. Now it’s all Happy Birthdays and rainbows.

 

Ok, you do have the right to be genuine Yankee fans unlike 85% of Yankee hat wearers. Hearing New Yorkers belly aching about sports is like hearing your rich friend complain about their BMW.  You live in an overwhelming metropolis – find something better to complain about than Carmelo, Gino Smith/Eli Manning & ARod. I’m walking here!

 

Los Angeles

Lakers fans.

 

Similar to NYC fans, but worse because of general vanity & lack of self awareness; not to mention the entitled mentality all fans of big market teams are stricken with. Lakers fans are the hardest to stomach, directly followed by Trojan Fans or Dodger fans* who will beat the living shit out of you then fair-weather Kings fans. What a cross section of fair-weather & spoiled.

*non-violent Dodger fans are legit though

 

Ohio

I hope these drunks aren’t driving after the game.

 

Ohio State fans, the ones who are so enthusiastic/spirited/aggressive/loud – it makes you love U of M even if you have no rooting interest whatsoever. Cleveland fans who burned their Lebron James jerseys & welcomed him back with open arms. Bengals fans when they’re a fringe playoff team. They are the best of the worst, only because they’re consummate losers/silver medalists, but Ohio State fans are the worst braggarts about their success. These fans are those kids who get trophies despite losing.

 

Portland

Fair weather as fuck in a city with pretty fair weather. And I’ll never get behind a team that does this:

Recycle

 


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