The US government are all lizard people, the Matrix is real, jet fuel can't melt steel beams, Jay-Z is the leader of the Illuminati, Tupac is still alive, dinosaurs helped build the pyramids... some of the great conspiracy theories.
Following the outcry in the wake of Panthers' win in Sunday's grand final we might need to add another to that list - the Group 10 Referees Association's vendetta against Mudgee.
Feel that sarcasm? You should, my tongue could not be pressed further into my chubby little cheek.
There was an outpouring of angst on social media after Mudgee's 9-8 loss in extra-time at Carrington Park on Sunday afternoon with referee Nick Lander and his assistants firmly in the disgruntled's crosshairs.
A number of the posts and comments hammering the officials have actually been deleted since but, even so, there was one basic theme - we wuz robbed.
One comment even suggested the standard of refereeing in the bush is the reason country footy clubs are dying. Albeit paraphrased, there's no hyperbole in that either.
Newsflash, take the tin foil hats off - there was no conspiracy, the Dragons weren't robbed and the officials weren't the reason Mudgee lost.
The aggrieved's biggest justification has been the penalty count at Carrington Park, they claim it was 23-4 and Mudgee were on the wrong end of that.
The Dragons were on the wrong end, but by my count it was 13-5.
Admittedly, in my count two of Mudgee's five came in the first 10 minutes and two more came in extra time, meaning Panthers were penalised just once in the 70 or so minutes in between.
They certainly weren't all but perfect in that period.
They could've been penalised a few times and maybe in the regular season they would have been, but that went both ways too, Mudgee got away with plenty as well.
The officials let plenty go as they tend to do in big games all the way to the top, think State of Origin for example, and there's reasons for that count being 13-5 too.
For instance, the Dragons looked as though they were trying to get under Panthers' skin and slow the ruck down with a bit of niggle. Nothing wrong with that, and it worked, Panthers struggled to execute at times because of that defensive pressure.
But it's always going to be heavily scrutinised and it will lead to penalties, Mudgee had no trouble giving a few away during the regular season either.
Bear in mind I like the way this Dragons side plays and was stoked to see them make the grand final, it's tough to not get wrapped up in the romance of a small-town premiership shot after all.
But why does a penalty count have to be even anyway?
I can't believe we let it slip like that.Mudgee skipper Jack Littlejohn post grand final
I hate penalty counts being squared up for the sake of being squared up, that's not a referee's job. If there's a penalty, it should be blown regardless of which side it goes to and regardless of whether the count is even.
The officials shouldn't be made scapegoats for a grand final loss that, simply, came down to the Dragons not taking their chances. Captain-coach Jack Littlejohn said as much after the game too - "I can't believe we let it slip like that".
Mudgee might not have received any penalties in the second half but Panthers five-eighth Willie Wright kicked out on the full twice at important times, once from his own 40 and once from Mudgee's - as good as penalties.
The Dragons took one of those chances and scored afterwards, but they didn't take a number of others they had. For example, they were bundled into touch in sight of the line on a number of occasions.
Neither of their tries was converted either, the second of Jack Beasley's kicks was straightforward too.
I'm not blaming him, I know that feeling, literally. I've missed important kicks in losing grand finals and it hurts, it's hard not to put the loss on your own shoulders.
It's not his fault, he was one of the best on the ground, those games should never come down to a kick and while it's impossible not to mention that in a one-point game, again, Mudgee had chances and didn't take them.
Mudgee were held up once in the clash and were ruled to have knocked on over the line once too, the latter coming into the disgruntled's conspiracy theory because there's a slightly-obscured photo of the call. It does look as though the ball's down, but it says nothing of what happened prior to that.
Maybe Ben Thompson scored it, maybe he didn't. The officials will make mistakes because they're human but regardless, again, Mudgee had chances and didn't take them.
I've lost plenty of grand finals, it hurts. Maybe more so for these guys because they get paid to win them.
The officials are getting paid too and have to be held accountable for bad performances, but I don't think they were bad on Sunday at all and without them - yes, I'm using this cliche - no one can play the game.
Mudgee's effort was brave and they were absolutely magnificent defensively but the referees didn't force them into touch, the referees didn't knock the ball on, the referees didn't miss kicks and the referees didn't get caught on the last tackle a handful of times.
So there's no point whinging and making the those officials scapegoats because, again, Mudgee had chances and didn't take them.
I do love the drama in a way though, and side note, how good have the grand finals of recent years been?
Last year it was Panthers' Wright kicking a penalty on full-time to beat Cowra, the year before Mick Sullivan slotting a penalty goal to land Orange CYMS' one-point win over Oberon, in 2016 it was Rota Setu scoring with no time left to seal the Dragons' triumph from fifth.
Sullivan got hammered for running backwards to wind the clock down and he was even, ridiculously, labelled 'the Trevor Chappell of rugby league', and called unsportsmanlike for apparently denying Oberon a chance to steal the win.
Oberon were winning that game 22-8 with just 20 minutes remaining. Sullivan running backwards had absolutely nothing to do with the Tigers losing, they just blew it and as I've said 1000 times since, I'd have done the exact same thing.
You know what didn't happen after any of those games? The referees didn't get blamed.
The victors celebrated amazing wins and the defeated copped gutting losses on the chin, but everyone revelled in some of the absolutely great Group 10 grand finals - the way it should be.
Maybe I'll never be allowed back in Mudgee after this but I'm hoping now we can all acknowledge how good a game Sunday's was, move on from it and go and storm Area 51.
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