So said the young hero worshipping kid, following the guilty verdict against “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Joe and some of his team-mates of the Major League Baseball team the Chicago White Sox way back in 1919 had been convicted of conspiracy to fix the Baseball World Series. Joe wasn’t the last sporting hero to fall from grace and disappoint their fans and followers.
Failure in sport is difficult for the fan to take, but it can be accepted if we know that someone has tried, given their all, was beaten by the better opponent, will pick themselves up and try again. Losing is the other side of the coin to winning. But cheating is a double headed coin and is no win at all.
The accumulation of money or the pursuit of fame, or both are it seems sufficient justification to win by whatever means it takes. The cycling world is reeling from all the disclosures about Lance Armstrong. A man revered for his achievements in the sport of cycling and an inspiration to millions worldwide for his fight against Cancer. Now discredited his victories worthless.
Premier League Football is rife with accusations of “diving” by top players to influence the results of games by the award of free kicks and penalties. Their legacy can be seen in action any weekend in junior games across the Country.
Back in 1919 it seemed impossible for the youngster to believe, his hero Joe Jackson, was prepared to fix a game, to cheat. But the illegal use of drugs in cycling has been known about for many years. Television highlights in slow motion replays the minute contact required to fell a muscle toned footballing superstar (you know who you are) and how far he can role in what appears to be his death throes.
Ironically if asked if they cheated they invariably say it ain’t so.