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1st Jun '16 9:38:28 AM TheCuza
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Luanne becomes a boxer and gets a huge winning streak, but she and Hank eventually find out all her opponents were people Mr. Stickland hired to take a dive, because he didn't want her pretty face messed up. Angry that he didn't believe in her, she challenges Freeda Foreman to a match. Luanne lost but proved she was a true fighter.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Luanne becomes a boxer and gets a huge winning streak, but she and Hank eventually find out all her opponents were people Mr. Stickland Buck Strickland hired to take a dive, because he didn't want her pretty face messed up. Angry that he didn't believe in her, she challenges Freeda Foreman to a match. Luanne lost but proved she was a true fighter.fighter.
-->'''George Foreman:''' Man, if I could take a punch like that, I might have been able to think of a name besides George for all my sons!
1st Jun '16 9:36:03 AM TheCuza
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* Satan in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in his big fight with Jesus.
** This was the episode "Damien", in which Satan keeps showing up to challenge Jesus to a boxing match. Before the fight, it's revealed that only one person bet on Jesus, the rest of the town bet on Satan. After Satan throws the fight, it's revealed that Satan himself was the one to bet on Jesus, he threw the fight to get everyone's money.
** The boys kept trying to throw Little League baseball games so that they didn't have to play over the summer. Unfortunately, the other teams were better at throwing games.

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* Satan in In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in his big fight with Jesus.
** This was the
episode "Damien", in which Jesus and Satan keeps showing up are scheduled to challenge Jesus to have a boxing match. Before the fight, it's revealed Everyone in town is sure that only Jesus will win and place bets on him, until Satan appears and everyone sees how huge he is, so they all change their bets to Satan. Even Jesus doesn't think he can win and plans on forfeiting, until the boys tell him that there is one person bet on Jesus, the rest of the in town who didn't change their bet on Satan. After Satan throws the fight, it's revealed and still believes in him, [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly which restores his confidence]]. It turns out that Satan himself was the one to bet person still betting on Jesus, he Jesus was ''Satan'', who threw the fight to get (very unconvincingly) and walked off with everyone's money.
** The boys kept trying to throw In "The Losing Edge", the entire South Park Little League baseball team ''hates'' playing baseball and tries to throw all their games and get knocked out of the series so that they didn't won't have to play over the summer. waste their entire summer playing. Unfortunately, the other teams were every team they go up against ''also'' hates baseball, and are all better at throwing games.
26th May '16 5:28:22 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* One episode of ''TouchedByAnAngel'' features a star NBA player throwing a game for betting money. Already known as a showboat, he figures he can take a lot of ridiculous shots during the game and it won't seem too out of character - but thanks to the angels, [[SpringtimeForHitler all of his improbable shots go through the hoop anyway]] and he has one of the best games of all-time.

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* One episode of ''TouchedByAnAngel'' ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'' features a star NBA player throwing a game for betting money. Already known as a showboat, he figures he can take a lot of ridiculous shots during the game and it won't seem too out of character - but thanks to the angels, [[SpringtimeForHitler all of his improbable shots go through the hoop anyway]] and he has one of the best games of all-time.
17th May '16 10:24:11 AM pacealot
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** In the mid-1970s, the NFL's tie-breaking rules were labyrinthine and often counter-intuitive, which culminated in a situation at the end of the 1977 season where the Baltimore Colts were able to nearly guarantee the elimination of AFC East divisional rival New England Patriots (with the help of fellow division rivals, the Miami Dolphins) by ''losing'' their Week 13 game to the Detroit Lions, rather than winning it (and, importantly, by also beating New England the following week in the final regular season game). As it happened, the Colts lost the game to the Lions by having a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown on the final play of the game. New England fans accused Baltimore of throwing the game simply to ensure that the Patriots would be practically eliminated from playoff contention even before their final week match-up (which, in the event, Baltimore rallied from behind to win and earn the division crown). There is no realistic reason to believe that Baltimore actually lost the Lions game intentionally, but the freak nature of the ending, combined with the impact on the playoff race, left Patriots fans with a good deal of resentment.

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** In the mid-1970s, the NFL's tie-breaking rules were labyrinthine and often counter-intuitive, which culminated in a situation at the end of the 1977 season where the Baltimore Colts were able to nearly guarantee the elimination of AFC East divisional rival New England Patriots (with the help of fellow division rivals, the Miami Dolphins) by ''losing'' their Week 13 game to the Detroit Lions, rather than winning it (and, importantly, by also beating New England the following week in the final regular season game). As it happened, the The Colts lost the game to the Lions by having a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown on the final play of the game. Some vocal New England fans accused Baltimore of throwing the game simply to ensure that the Patriots would be practically essentially eliminated from playoff contention (their only hope was in Miami losing to the significantly inferior Buffalo Bills in their last game; Miami ended up beating Buffalo 31-14) even before their final week match-up (which, in the event, Baltimore rallied from behind to win and earn take the division crown). There is no realistic reason to believe that Baltimore actually lost the Lions game intentionally, intentionally (indeed, the team had just rallied to a 10-6 lead with four minutes left in the game, prior to the ill-fated final punt attempt); but the freak nature of the ending, final scoring play, combined with the impact on the complex playoff race, left Patriots fans with a good deal of resentment.
17th May '16 10:11:55 AM pacealot
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** This had been subverted in the NFL the season before in 1976 by the Oakland Raiders, who, in Week 15, were in a position to eliminate their long-time playoff rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, by losing to the Cincinnati Bengals, who would have won the AFC Central division crown over the Steelers. Some sportwriters and commentators suggested that Oakland might tank the game to avoid another playoff showdown with Pittsburgh, who had eliminated them from the playoffs three times in the previous four seasons. Rather than laying down and allowing Cincinnati to win, Oakland used the media speculation as motivation to beat the Bengals and do what was in their power to ensure another playoff rematch with Pittsburgh. The Raiders beat the Bengals, 35-20; they then went on to defeat Pittsburgh 24-7 in the AFC Championship Game, and ultimately won Super Bowl XI against the Minnesota Vikings.
17th May '16 10:10:24 AM pacealot
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** In the mid-1970s, the NFL's tie-breaking rules were labyrinthine and often counter-intuitive, which culminated in a situation at the end of the 1977 season where the Baltimore Colts were able to nearly guarantee the elimination of AFC East divisional rival New England Patriots (with the help of fellow division rivals, the Miami Dolphins), by ''losing'' their Week 13 game to the Detroit Lions rather than winning it (and by beating New England the following week). As it happened, the Colts lost the game to the Lions by having a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown on the final play of the game. New England fans accused Baltimore of throwing the game simply to ensure that the Patriots would be practically eliminated from playoff contention even before their final week match-up (which, in the event, Baltimore rallied from behind to win and earn the division crown). There is no reason to believe the Baltimore could have realistically lost the Lions game intentionally, but the freak nature of the ending, combined with the impact on the playoff race, left Patriots fans with a good deal of resentment.

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** In the mid-1970s, the NFL's tie-breaking rules were labyrinthine and often counter-intuitive, which culminated in a situation at the end of the 1977 season where the Baltimore Colts were able to nearly guarantee the elimination of AFC East divisional rival New England Patriots (with the help of fellow division rivals, the Miami Dolphins), Dolphins) by ''losing'' their Week 13 game to the Detroit Lions Lions, rather than winning it (and (and, importantly, by also beating New England the following week).week in the final regular season game). As it happened, the Colts lost the game to the Lions by having a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown on the final play of the game. New England fans accused Baltimore of throwing the game simply to ensure that the Patriots would be practically eliminated from playoff contention even before their final week match-up (which, in the event, Baltimore rallied from behind to win and earn the division crown). There is no realistic reason to believe the that Baltimore could have realistically actually lost the Lions game intentionally, but the freak nature of the ending, combined with the impact on the playoff race, left Patriots fans with a good deal of resentment.resentment.
** This had been subverted in the NFL the season before in 1976 by the Oakland Raiders, who, in Week 15, were in a position to eliminate their long-time playoff rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, by losing to the Cincinnati Bengals, who would have won the AFC Central division crown over the Steelers. Some sportwriters and commentators suggested that Oakland might tank the game to avoid another playoff showdown with Pittsburgh, who had eliminated them from the playoffs three times in the previous four seasons. Rather than laying down and allowing Cincinnati to win, Oakland used the media speculation as motivation to beat the Bengals and do what was in their power to ensure another playoff rematch with Pittsburgh. The Raiders beat the Bengals, 35-20; they then went on to defeat Pittsburgh 24-7 in the AFC Championship Game, and ultimately won Super Bowl XI against the Minnesota Vikings.
17th May '16 9:52:32 AM pacealot
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** In the mid-1970s, the NFL's tie-breaking rules were labyrinthine and often counter-intuitive, which culminated in a situation at the end of the 1977 season where the Baltimore Colts were able to nearly guarantee the elimination of the divisional rival New England Patriots (with the help of fellow division rivals, the Miami Dolphins), by ''losing'' their Week 13 game to the Detroit Lions rather than winning it (and by beating New England the following week). As it happened, the Colts lost the game to the Lions by having a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown on the final play of the game. New England fans accused Baltimore of throwing the game simply to ensure that the Patriots would be practically eliminated from playoff contention even before their final week match-up (which, in the event, Baltimore rallied from behind to win and earn the division crown). There is no reason to believe the Baltimore could have realistically lost the Lions game intentionally, but the freak nature of the ending, combined with the impact on the playoff race, left Patriots fans with a good deal of resentment.

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** In the mid-1970s, the NFL's tie-breaking rules were labyrinthine and often counter-intuitive, which culminated in a situation at the end of the 1977 season where the Baltimore Colts were able to nearly guarantee the elimination of the AFC East divisional rival New England Patriots (with the help of fellow division rivals, the Miami Dolphins), by ''losing'' their Week 13 game to the Detroit Lions rather than winning it (and by beating New England the following week). As it happened, the Colts lost the game to the Lions by having a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown on the final play of the game. New England fans accused Baltimore of throwing the game simply to ensure that the Patriots would be practically eliminated from playoff contention even before their final week match-up (which, in the event, Baltimore rallied from behind to win and earn the division crown). There is no reason to believe the Baltimore could have realistically lost the Lions game intentionally, but the freak nature of the ending, combined with the impact on the playoff race, left Patriots fans with a good deal of resentment.
17th May '16 9:50:31 AM pacealot
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** In the mid-1970s, the NFL's tie-breaking rules were labyrinthine and often counter-intuitive, which culminated in a situation at the end of the 1977 season where the Baltimore Colts were able to nearly guarantee the elimination of the divisional rival New England Patriots (with the help of fellow division rivals, the Miami Dolphins), by ''losing'' their Week 13 game to the Detroit Lions rather than winning it (and by beating New England the following week). As it happened, the Colts lost the game to the Lions by having a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown on the final play of the game. New England fans accused Baltimore of throwing the game simply to ensure that the Patriots would be practically eliminated from playoff contention even before their final week match-up (which, in the event, Baltimore rallied from behind to win and earn the division crown). There is no reason to believe the Baltimore could have realistically lost the Lions game intentionally, but the freak nature of the ending, combined with the impact on the playoff race, left Patriots fans with a good deal of resentment.


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** In the mid-1970s, the NFL's tie-breaking rules were labyrinthine and often counter-intuitive, which culminated in a situation at the end of the 1977 season where the Baltimore Colts were able to nearly guarantee the elimination of the divisional rival New England Patriots (with the help of fellow division rivals, the Miami Dolphins), by ''losing'' their Week 13 game to the Detroit Lions rather than winning it (and by beating New England the following week). As it happened, the Colts lost the game to the Lions by having a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown on the final play of the game. New England fans accused Baltimore of throwing the game simply to ensure that the Patriots would be practically eliminated from playoff contention even before their final week match-up (which, in the event, Baltimore rallied from behind to win and earn the division crown). There is no reason to believe the Baltimore could have realistically lost the Lions game intentionally, but the freak nature of the ending, combined with the impact on the playoff race, left Patriots fans with a good deal of resentment.
17th May '16 9:46:18 AM pacealot
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** In the mid-1970s, the NFL's tie-breaking rules were labyrinthine and often counter-intuitive, which culminated in a situation at the end of the 1977 season where the Baltimore Colts were able to nearly guarantee the elimination of the divisional rival New England Patriots (with the help of fellow division rivals, the Miami Dolphins), by ''losing'' their Week 13 game to the Detroit Lions rather than winning it (and by beating New England the following week). As it happened, the Colts lost the game to the Lions by having a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown on the final play of the game. New England fans accused Baltimore of throwing the game simply to ensure that the Patriots would be practically eliminated from playoff contention even before their season-ending game (which, in the event, Baltimore rallied from behind to win and earn the division crown). There is no reason to believe the Baltimore could have realistically lost the Lions game intentionally, but the freak nature of the ending, combined with the impact on the playoff race, left Patriots fans with a good deal of resentment.

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** In the mid-1970s, the NFL's tie-breaking rules were labyrinthine and often counter-intuitive, which culminated in a situation at the end of the 1977 season where the Baltimore Colts were able to nearly guarantee the elimination of the divisional rival New England Patriots (with the help of fellow division rivals, the Miami Dolphins), by ''losing'' their Week 13 game to the Detroit Lions rather than winning it (and by beating New England the following week). As it happened, the Colts lost the game to the Lions by having a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown on the final play of the game. New England fans accused Baltimore of throwing the game simply to ensure that the Patriots would be practically eliminated from playoff contention even before their season-ending game final week match-up (which, in the event, Baltimore rallied from behind to win and earn the division crown). There is no reason to believe the Baltimore could have realistically lost the Lions game intentionally, but the freak nature of the ending, combined with the impact on the playoff race, left Patriots fans with a good deal of resentment.
17th May '16 9:43:16 AM pacealot
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** In the mid-1970s, the NFL's tie-breaking rules were labyrinthine and often counter-intuitive, which culminated in a situation at the end of the 1977 season where the Baltimore Colts were able to nearly guarantee the elimination of the divisional rival New England Patriots (with the help of fellow division rivals, the Miami Dolphins), by 'losing' their Week 13 game to the Detroit Lions rather than winning it (and by beating New England the following week). As it happened, the Colts lost the game to the Lions by having a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown on the final play of the game. New England fans accused Baltimore of throwing the game simply to ensure that the Patriots would be practically eliminated from playoff contention even before their season-ending game (which, in the event, Baltimore rallied from behind to win and earn the division crown). There is no reason to believe the Baltimore could have realistically lost the Lions game intentionally, but the freak nature of the ending, combined with the impact on the playoff race, left Patriots fans with a good deal of resentment.

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** In the mid-1970s, the NFL's tie-breaking rules were labyrinthine and often counter-intuitive, which culminated in a situation at the end of the 1977 season where the Baltimore Colts were able to nearly guarantee the elimination of the divisional rival New England Patriots (with the help of fellow division rivals, the Miami Dolphins), by 'losing' ''losing'' their Week 13 game to the Detroit Lions rather than winning it (and by beating New England the following week). As it happened, the Colts lost the game to the Lions by having a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown on the final play of the game. New England fans accused Baltimore of throwing the game simply to ensure that the Patriots would be practically eliminated from playoff contention even before their season-ending game (which, in the event, Baltimore rallied from behind to win and earn the division crown). There is no reason to believe the Baltimore could have realistically lost the Lions game intentionally, but the freak nature of the ending, combined with the impact on the playoff race, left Patriots fans with a good deal of resentment.
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