“Shoeless Joe” Jackson was a famous baseball player from Pickens County, South Carolina. He played major league baseball in the early 1900’s. He is remembered for his baseball skills, but also remembered for being implicated in the Black Sox scandal of fixing baseball’s World Series in 1919.
At that time, there was nothing more pure than the game of baseball. So, when all the players implicated in the scandal were swept into a trial, Joe Jackson was included. Legend has it that a boy came up to Joe following the trial and said, “Say it ain’t so, Joe… say it ain’t so”. Instead, a contemporary news story says that the following conversation occurred between Jackson and a young boy, as Jackson left the courthouse that day:
When Jackson left criminal court building in custody of a sheriff after telling his story to the grand jury, he found several hundred youngsters, aged from 6 to 16, awaiting for a glimpse of their idol. One urchin stepped up to the outfielder, and, grabbing his coat sleeve, said:
“It ain’t true, is it, Joe?”
“Yes, kid, I’m afraid it is,” Jackson replied. The boys opened a path for the ball player and stood in silence until he passed out of sight.
“Well, I’d never have thought it,” sighed the lad
It’s not quite on the same level of cheating news. (yes, typed with some sarcasm) But now, a story comes out to say that “Storage Wars” is fixed.
The popular TV show has treasure hunters bidding on unseen storage units that have been abandoned or simply put into auction, because of unpaid rents. In every show, the participants bid on the units and then show the audience the “haul” from that bid, and then resell those items to make a profit.
Now, a lawsuit alleges that the TV producers are planting items in the storage units, to make it appear more exciting. One allegation includes burying a BMW car underneath some trash in one unit.
Currently, the show draws an average of 5 million viewers per episode, on the A&E Network. After one of the original “hunters” was fired from the show, he filed suit against the producers, and included lawsuit allegations of “fraud, wrongful dismissal, breach of contract and unfair business practices”.
The contestant went on to say that “nearly every aspect of the show is faked”. He recited other examples of planted items such as valuable memorabilia and original newspapers that announced Elvis Presley’s death. A&E declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Will fraud make viewers stop watching or will it just be viewed as entertainment, or a version of pro wrestling? If you are a “Storage Wars” fanatic, maybe you just feel like exclaiming, “Well, I’d never have thought it”.
For pic o’ day, I guess this is more like cartoon o’ day. To me, there’s just something funny about a rabbit holding up some snowmen for their noses!!!