Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Work a little harder, why don't you (Sports Page verson)

Fun tales of bad reportage from the world of sport:
Dateline:Chicago! Tuesday! Chicago Tribune's "alternative" paper Red Eye! The sports section had one of those "hip," "appealing," "young" segments asking panelists questions. Topic 1 was "Where is USC's [all-everything, soon-to-be Heisman Trophy winner] Reggie Bush playing this time next year?" The answer of one Leo Ebersole (who I think is the fucking scabrous gossip guy for the Red Eye, so, sports, yeah, why not) says "He'll be in the Orange Bowl as a member of the San Francisco 49ers."

So, Leo thinks Reggie is going to be the first-round pick of this year's worst team in the NFL, the Niners, (with you so far) and he's so good he'll take them to the Super Bowl. Worst to first. Fine. (Not going to happen, but fine.)

Except. The Super Bowl isn't in the God-damned Orange Bowl next year. It's in Miami, yeah ("South Florida" is what the NFL calls it, whatsomever) but the Orange Bowl stadium isn't used for pro football anymore! They don't even play the Orange Bowl in the God-damned Orange Bowl anymore! The Super Bowl is being played in Dolphins Stadium, like every other non-U-of-Miami game in Miami. Sheesh. Read a fucking press release, why don't you, Leo.

Item #2! Dateline: Lisbon! The one in Portugal, even! Wednesday night! Manchester United soccer club falls short in the UEFA Champions League prelims to Portuguese side Benfica. Man U legend George Best died recently, and the English press wee-weed over the eerieness of Man U crashing out in Lisbon, where Best's Man U side triumphed in 1968 to win the UEFA Championship. BBC even told us it was the very same stadium.

Except. The old Stadium of Light (or Estadio da Luz, if you must) was demolished three years ago to make way for the new Estadio, which was built for the Euro 2004 Championships. This is the BBC. Getting soccer details wrong.

Woe to the Republic. And a middle finger to the fact-checkers.


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