Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, March 06, 2012

A gate is a point of entry to a space enclosed by walls, or a moderately sized opening in a fence. Gates may prevent or control entry or exit, or they may be merely decorative.

The definition of the word GATE. But since 1972, the poor word GATE has been attached to anything having to do with a scandal.

Of course the originator was the Watergate break-ins orchestrated by the Republican Party which ultimately led to the resignation of Richard M. Nixon as President of the United States.

Since then, every scandal has had the word GATE attached to it.

Alas, the poor Gate has such an ominous connotation in today's society.

Do you know them all? How about a little test to see if you can attach the Scandal-GATE to its actual scandal.

  1. Nipplegate
  2. Filegate
  3. Bountygate
  4. Shilpagate
  5. Bumpergate
  6. Climategate
  7. Memogate
  8. Tripgate
  9. Hackgate
  10. Flakegate

A) The illegal possession and scrutiny of 300–900 FBI files by the Clinton Administration without the file's subject's permission.

B) A term used by some to refer to the hacking of a computer server used by the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia.

C) The allegations that Bobby Allison's car was modified so the rear bumper would fall off giving him an aerodynamic advantage allowing him to win the 1982 Daytona 500

D) The scandal over a forged memo about George W. Bush's military record that ultimately led to the resignation of Dan Rather as anchor of the CBS Evening News.

E) A controversy in which Celebrity Big Brother contestant Shilpa Shetty was bullied by other housemates on a live feed.

F) In March 2012, the NFL discovered that from 2009 to 2011, a number of New Orleans Saints players and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had operated a "bounty" scheme, illegal under league rules, in which defensive players received financial rewards for injuring offensive players. The investigation also revealed that head coach Sean Payton knew about the scheme but took no steps to stop it.

G) Currently being investigated by the Metropolitan Police. Allegations that the now defunct News of the World had hacked into celebrity, politicians, royal family and victims of crimes answerphones.

H) During the 11 December 2010 NFL game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi tripped Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll as he ran down the Jets sideline. The Jets suspended Alosi indefinitely for setting up a "wall" on the sideline and claim "he acted alone in doing so

I) Justin Timberlake revealed Janet Jackson's breast during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII.

J) Photographs of the wedding reception of TV presenter Anthea Turner was used to promote Cadbury's new chocolate bar, Snowflake despite being paid £450,000 by OK! magazine for the exclusive deal of the wedding itself. The publicity stunt was widely criticised by tabloid press and took further damage to her career, which have yet to recover since.

I actually found over 100 examples of -GATE when putting this post together...

After answering the questions, let me know your favorite -GATE

3 Of Your Sparks

  1. Unknown Says:
  2. Well...Nipplegate, of course.

  3. I gave the New Orleans Saints Bounty Program the name "Bountygate" first. If anyone uses it please remind them for me, thanks.

    Also, I'm looking forward to a big BTR scandal with you in middle called "Bondgate." That will be awesome.


  4. PHFRANKIE: No surprise there

    JAY: Are you collecting royalties? In this scandal, am I naked?


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