I couldn't possibly describe what Patrick Hruby pulls off with his extensive piece on The Post Game today, "The Truth Is Out There," but if you're a fan of sports or conspiracy theories or David Foster Wallace-styled annotations, you'll have to check out how he weaves together Michael Phelps' millisecond win in Bejing, several Super Bowls, international soccer, and the 1985 NBA Draft Lottery that brought Patrick Ewing to New York:
I believe in the fix. I believe in the hidden hand, that sports have a secret, redacted history. I believe that Game 6 of the 2002 NBA Western Conference Finals was a sham, that Spygate was a cover-up of a cover-up, that Super Bowl III was preordained, that Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s heartwarming 2001 victory at Daytona was, in fact, too good to be true, that Michael Jordan's first baseball-playing retirement was anything but, that powerful forces don't want me to write this because powerful forces don't want you to read this. I believe that black is white, white is black, the 1990 World Cup draw was rigged and Sophia Loren was definitely in on the con. Most of all, I believe that on June 18, 1985, inside the Starlight Room of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, in front of Pat O'Brien and nearly 150 reporters and umpteen popping flashbulbs and an entire world utterly oblivious to the conspiracy about to take place before them in plain sight, David Joel Stern did not act alone.
Of course, I might be crazy.