- This one, over at SBNation, explores the world of an SEC football "bagman", who slips kids and families cash in exchange for results on the field.
- This one, from Deadspin, is written by a man who used to manage boxers - and fix matches.
- This one, at ESPN, talks about what Yasiel Puig went through - and is still going through - in order to get to the US to play baseball.
They are all sobering reminders that the machinery of big-time sports is lubricated, not just in sweat, but in money and blood, and that the blood can be shed unwillingly. Never mind stadium shenanigans or any of the other stuff we usually yell about here; all three of these are about what it takes to keep our sports entertainment flowing.
Enjoy the reads.