Unwritten rules

How athletes exploit the loopholes in their sport's rulebook

Originally Published: May 30, 2013
By Rachel Ullrich | ESPN The Magazine

ONE GLANCE at the massive rulebooks that govern sports -- the NFL has 112 pages in its guide -- and you'd think there's very little wiggle room. But players in every sport continue to find new and increasingly creative ways to gain an advantage. Here's our (dirty) laundry list of low-blow tactics, many of which are technically legal, presented on a scale of garden-variety a--hole tricks to full-on A-Rod moves. The Yankee warrants his own category.

The A-Rod File

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