I don’t like cheating. I don’t like cheating on board game night, I don’t like cheating on soccer night, and I despise cheating in fantasy football.
Fortunately, I run virtually every league I’m in and I’ve written ridiculously thorough league rules, and, for the most part, this has prevented any shenanigans from taking place. This year, however, I helped a friend with his team in a fairly high buy-in ($200), 10-team, friends and family league, which, despite its high buy-in, was fairly low-key.
It was here that I encountered the most blatant cheater I’ve ever encountered
My buddy is a shift worker, so I did a lot of the work for him, sometimes even placing waiver claims when he knew he wouldn’t have a chance to- though only with his consent. On either Monday or Tuesday he placed a claim for Rodgers and, on Wednesday, I followed up on it. Despite having the highest priority amongst the remaining 4-teams, he didn’t get Rodgers. I figured one of the lower teams had poached him until I saw he was on one of the playoff teams (I confirmed with the waiver report that my friend’s claim was unsuccessful), which was odd because, again, my friend’s team had the higher priority.
I looked at the league history (on ESPN where every move is tracked) and noticed that, on Tuesday, the Commissioner had modified the waiver order. I went back and checked who had claimed Rodgers and, surprise, it was the Commissioner.
I brought this to my friend’s attention and he brought it up to the commissioner who 1) denied he did anything, 2) said he accidently want to that page, 3) that he hadn’t changed anything- it just made a notification because he had been there, and 4) called my friend a cry-baby over losing Rodgers. I did a little home work and found that it’s virtually impossible to get that page by accident AND, unless you make a change, no notification is generated. Smelling a rat, I filtered the league history down to just commissioner actions and saw this:
To put this in proper context, the commissioner: 1) Altered the waiver order on 4 occasions and gave himself top-priority (as confirmed by waiver reports), 2) Altered the schedule to play the lowest projected team that week (both after major injuries) on 2 occasions, and 3) Altered the scoring multiple times in ways that appeared calculated to benefit his team at the expense of his opponent.
I collected all evidence and submitted it to my friend to present to the league. The commissioner- despite clear evidence of wrongdoing throughout the season- still denies he cheated. The league has basically taken a “well, he always cheats, so whatever” approach. Given that my friend can’t get justice, I wanted to share this with the Foot Clan so that I can vent my extreme frustration.
Rant concluded. For those of you that have outrageous cheating stories, please share them. This is the first time I’ve encountered this brazen of action and I’m curious what else is out there.