It Seemed Smart

By SB Nation

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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 fantasy football's own insider trading scandal. Produced by SB Nation and the Vox Media Podcast Network.


Episode Date
Tour de France is the pinnacle of cheating — Part 2
00:29:47

Riders taking rat poison, nitroglycerine, and chloroform was considered normal as far back as 1924. Part 2 looks at doping, and what happened when it all finally went too far — even for the Tour de France.

Nov 27, 2018
Tour de France is the pinnacle of cheating in sports — Part 1
00:23:53

There is cheating, and then there is the Tour de France — an event so rife with cheating that riders taking rat poison, nitroglycerine, and chloroform was considered normal as far back as 1924. Part 1 looks at the event's first winner, Maurice Garin, who established a tradition of ruthlessness from the race's inception.

Nov 20, 2018
Wakeyleaks (a college football espionage story)
00:26:35

Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson thought something was up when the Louisville defense read the Demon Deacons’ plays like they knew what was coming — even with plays Wake Forest had never used before. Teams have had spies for as long as college football has existed, but Wake was dealing with something entirely new: The plays were being stolen by someone standing on their own sideline.

Nov 13, 2018
The Shady Rise and Spectacular Fall of Daily Fantasy Sports
00:30:50

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.

Nov 06, 2018
How to Plan to Break the Law in 20 States at Once
00:28:11

Ed Bolian is a mild-mannered Lamborghini salesman who teaches Sunday school at his church. He is also the driver and organizer behind the fastest Cannonball Run time ever — a 28-hour sprint across the United States that involves a thousand small challenges, and two huge ones. The first: How to document a record-setting attempt of a highly illegal speed run conducted across 20 different states without creating evidence. The second: What to do if the cop who saw the pig heart on ice in his trunk didn’t believe he was transporting a human heart for transplant? Holly Anderson joins Spencer in this week's episode.



Oct 30, 2018
The Great Albert Belle Bat Caper
00:27:59

In 1994, Albert Belle of the Cleveland Indians had a bat confiscated by umpires while his team was in a pennant race with the Chicago White Sox. The episode could have simply resulted in a penalty for Belle. But then his teammates got involved, and set off a chain of events that cast a long shadow on the series and led to the MLB threatening to enlist the FBI.

Oct 23, 2018
Introducing: It Seemed Smart
00:01:42

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

Sep 25, 2018