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Shawn Marion

Deflategate? Trying To Gain An Edge Isn't Uncommon

Cheating, getting an edge, pushing the boundaries, skirting the intent of a rule ... it only seems like the Patriots invented the art form. But it has been going on for years. Here's how in various sports, with contributions from Courant staff writers John Altavilla, Dom Amore, Mike Anthony, Desmond Conner, Matthew Conyers and Tom Yantz: Raise/lower the mower: Tiger Stadium, during manager Spark Anderson's reign, was notorious for having higher and thicker grass than other American League baseball parks. Those Detroit Tigers teams were known for hitting power, but not speed. A slower infield helped turned what would have been ground ball hits in other parks into outs for most of...