Nick and I talk a lot about the British Open and the anonymity of Louis Oosthuizen. Even ESPN didn’t know who he was, which was kinda nice, actually.
We debate the need for the debate golf analysts always have about if he’s the next big star or a one-hit wonder for majors. Look at this list, and see how many people win ONE major. It’s a big list.
Print’s Not Dead:
We touch on the Fanhouse/LeBron story from the weekend. Here’s what I wrote for TSB:
Dwyane Wade’s Comments Were Lost In Transcription
Tim Potvak of Fanhouse wrote a story Sunday on the supporting cast to the big three in Miami, getting comments from Dwyane Wade – doing a week’s worth of charity work at the time – about the pressure of winning now that his team has a rather unprecedented (and top-heavy) roster. Here’s how Wade was quoted in the initial version of the story:
“We’re going to be wearing a bullseye,” Wade said. “But that’s what you play for. If we lose a couple in a row this season, it will be like the World Trade (Center) is coming down again.”
Not long after the story was posted, it was updated, with the quote changed to this:
“We’re going to be wearing a bullseye. But that’s what you play for,” Wade said. “We enjoy the bullseye. Plus, there’s going to be times when we lose 2-3 games in a row, and it seems like the world has crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade is coming down again, but it’s not going to be nothing but a couple basketball games.”
The initial correction updated the pull-quote as well, but in the version posted as of Monday morning, the pull-quote was taken out of the story altogether. The story also included this disclaimer at the top:
Editor’s Note: Because of a transcription error, an earlier version of this story contained an incorrect quote from Dwyane Wade. The full and accurate version of the quote is contained in this story. We deeply regret the error.
It was good of Fanhouse to admit the mistake. Everyone knew what Wade meant in the first quote, yet adding in the line, “but it’s not going to be nothing but a couple basketball games” could change the tenor for some and certainly takes out any doubt of his intent. So, was this a PR-spin job by Wade’s camp, or something caught after-the-fact by the Fanhouse editors to soften the story?
Regardless, the lesson for athletes should always be: don’t compare your sport to any devastating event, even if you bring up said event to illustrate how much your sport is not like that event. Be safe, and keep death and catastrophe out of future sports metaphors.
There will be a few changes coming this week to my working (and writing) situation. We talk about it as much as I can on the show. That’s all I really feel like writing, so please try to listen to the last 8-9 minutes.
Thanks, as always.