Stranger than fiction
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Bizarre and Bogus returns from its double-secret probation for its part in alleged academic fraud at the University of Georgia. We'd look you in the eye to tell you we will be exonerated, but B&B just doesn't have the icy glare to pull that off. We're not qualified to answer that question.

Besides, it's time to move on. And we're joining Calvin Klein and Latrell Sprewell for dinner at Tavern on the Green to go over some new plays for the Knicks.

Believe us or not, we've got another test of your knowledge of some other strange sports stories. Below we've compiled five strange-but-true sports-related stories and one that we made up. Guess which one you believe is fake, then vote in the poll to see which item isn't true.


  • No. 1 The Russian government said a riot in Moscow after Japan upset Russia in last year's World Cup was caused in part by the showing of a clip from the film "The Big Lebowski."
  • No. 2 Golfer David Hartshorne claims duck droppings on the green caused him to miss a vital putt and caused him to be eliminated from a qualifying event for the New Zealand Open.
  • Emmit Smith

  • No. 3 Former Dallas Cowboy star Emmitt Smith, who last season became the NFL's all-time leading rusher, was nominated for induction into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in September, but he was not enshrined because he couldn't attend the Feb. 12 ceremony.
  • No. 4 John Henry Williams and the Raelians have entered into a partnership to buy a pro baseball team in the Dominican Republic.
  • Coco Pasqual

  • No. 5 The Toronto Blue Jays released pitching prospect Pasqual Coco this spring because he stole $900 out of his roommate's locker at the team's minor-league camp.
  • No. 6 Instead of the traditional throwing of hats onto the ice to celebrate three goals by one player, Islanders fans at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., tossed boxer shorts onto the ice after Jason Blake scored a hat trick against the Atlanta Thrashers.


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