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No, the Super Bowl Wasn’t ‘Fixed’ — Please Stop Sharing That Story

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When the Denver Broncos were inexplicably blown out in Super Bowl XLVIII, conspiracy theorists took to the Internet right away to proclaim that the game had been “fixed.” If you believe that, perhaps you should consider checking your sources before you share such a story all over social media.

If you’ve been anywhere near Facebook or Twitter over the past 48 hours, you mayhave seen the story below shared everywhere:

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The story comes from a website called Huzlers.com, which, if you take the time to read the fine print, is a satirical website: “Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satire to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.” Satire, for those who don’t know, is defined as ”a way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc.

Ultimately, it was a joke put out by Huzlers that, for whatever reason, people took to be true. Snopes, the foremost authority on debunking Internet rumors, addressed this story almost as quickly as it was published, proving it to be false.

It’s not real. It’s a joke. The Super Bowl wasn’t fixed. The Broncos just really, really sucked that night.

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