It Seemed Smart is a six-part storytelling experience brought to you by SB Nation and Vox Media Podcast Network that enters the amusing, diabolical, and entertaining world of sports trickery and mayhem. SB Nation's Editor-at-Large 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.
The Great Albert Belle Bat Caper
In 1994, the Cleveland Indians crawled through a ceiling, stole a bat out of an umpire’s dressing room, and set off a chain of events that eventually involved a former FBI agent.
The Real Cannonball Run
The Cannonball Run, a 28-hour car sprint across the United States, involves a thousand small challenges, and two huge ones: how to not leave any evidence, and how to fool the cops.
The Shady Rise and Spectacular Fall of Daily Fantasy Sports
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.
Wakeyleaks (a college football espionage story)
Wake Forest suspected that someone was stealing its playbook. What they didn’t know was that it was an inside job.
Tour de France is the pinnacle of cheating in sports — Part 1
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.