Who is Sarah Phillips?
Is she a real, 22-year-old Oregon State co-ed? Is she a hoax; dreamed up and brought to life as a means of extorting money from well-meaning Facebook fanboys and ESPN executives alike?
Whatever the case may be (and whatever other unsavory details Deadspin may dig up), it's clear that this emerging age of sports journalism—in which the rules are being rewritten on the fly to account for the advent and growing influence of Twitter and the blogosphere—has left the profession ever more vulnerable to error, inaccuracy and outright scandal.
Of course, "Sarah Phillips" isn't the first entity to game the system for one reason or another. Misdirection and infamy has been a part of sports media since the inception of pens and publishers.
With Ms. Phillips in mind, let's have a look at some of the strangest/weirdest/craziest stories to come from among those charged with writing and reporting them.