“Panthers… Nearly Pull Off Tampa Upset”November 15th, 2010
Joe turned to the website of the world-renowned 19th century news model based in Charlotte known as the Charlotte Observer and noticed a hysterical headline screaming at Joe.
Um, that might be a little bit of a stretch, no?
Now Joe knows first-hand copy editors — those charged with writing headlines — are not the authors of stories. So the lead paragraph of Joseph Person’s story wasn’t nearly as wild (if not inaccurate as is the headline).
In fact, Person’s lead paragraph was downright accurate.
At times Sunday it looked like the Carolina Panthers brought their JV offense to Florida.
Pretty spot on. Joe browsed the story and it was pretty accurate: that the Panthers made the Bucs break a sweat in the first half but the game wasn’t really in doubt.
Joe’s guessing that some non-sports chick wrote the headline and she’s more inclined to write about plunging necklines, open-toe shoes and some two-bit play 45 people may watch, and likely doesn’t know the difference between a goal post and a down marker.
This isn’t much different than — not to pick on her because Joe likes her but it’s a good example — when WTSP anchor Heather Van Nest has to speak sports happy talk in the buffer/transition when intro’ing the sports segments following a commercial break. She physically freezes and forces a smile with nervous laughter when she attempts to talk sports, no matter how vapid.
Don’t worry Heather, you’ve never come close to the world class, horrendous gaffe Bourbon Bob Hite once pulled when he called Mario Lemieux “Mario LEE-mewks.”
(Hat tip to WTSP producer Mike Weber for this find.)