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‘No, he’s a gambler.’ Gatsby hesitated, then added cooly: ‘He's the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919.’
‘Fixed the World Series?’ I repeated.
The idea staggered me. I remembered, of course, that the World Series had been fixed in 1919, but if I had thought of it at all I would have thought of it as something that merely happened, the end of an inevitable chain. It never occurred to me that one man could start to play with the faith of fifty million people – with the singlemindedness of a burglar blowing a safe. F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Now if you can’t trust a fix, what can you trust? Miller’s Crossing 1990 starring Gabriel Byrne & Marcia Gay Harden & Albert Finney & John Turturro & Jon Polito & J E Freeman & Steve Buscemi & John McConnell & Mike Starr & Al Mancini et al, directors Coen brothers, opening scene
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Bert Lance, cited Nation’s Business May 1977
Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
I will try to fix you. Coldplay, Fix You
Dispatches goes undercover to lift the lid on football match fixing. We reveal the story behind the conviction of match-fixers who try to infiltrate the English game. Dispatches: How to Fix a Football Match, Channel 4 2014
But why fake just the team when you can fake the entire match? You get ninety minutes of commentary and bets on a fixture that never even existed. ibid.
Global match-fixers have infected all levels of the game. ibid.
Whatever it takes we’ll talk and we will fix this. Breaking Bad s5e12: Rabid Dog, AMC 2013
I alone can fix it. Donald Trump, acceptance speech Republican convention 21 July 2016
They fucked off with the shipment, OK? And I have to fix it or else the peace is gone. And we can flush everything we’ve done down the shitter. Gomorrah s4e5: Episodio V, Gennaro to missus, Sky Atlantic 2019
Delhi police have registered a case of criminal conspiracy, fraud and cheating against the South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje. Bad Sport s1e6: Fallen Idol, Netflix 2021
‘That is a very very generous target. The decision [day five declaration] didn’t sit well with me because not in a million years would I give England even a sniff of winning.’ ibid. Allan Donald
Cronje had made three offers to Nasser [Hussein] and he reduced the target to quite a bit actually by the time he got to the one England went for. Didn’t make sense at all. Why had he done it. ibid. reporter
You don’t fix things, Jack. You break things, remember? Get Carter 2000 starring Sly Stallone & Mickey Rourke & Michael Caine & Miranda Richardson & Rachael Leigh Cook & Alan Cumming & John C McGinley & Rhona Mitra et al, director Stephen Kay, her to him