Don't write about soccer if you do not know about soccer
Those "writers", and I have no choice but to use the term in quotes when in a newspaper you have a couple of typos in your lead paragraph, who want to pick on the World Cup and international soccer do me a favor and at least give a reason why you do not like soccer. For instance, Chris Baldwin of Metro (pictured at left), I think believes ESPN is wasting time, energy and money in promoting the World Cup so heavily on American television. But I can't make heads or tales of his lead paragraph from today. The paragraph is in bold and ends with this doozy of a sentence, "No one at ESPN seems to realize that one of the reasons they got those surprisingly good (and good is relative when we’re talking soccer in the U.S.) for the 2006 World Cup is because they let the tournament surprise." Can someone please explain this sentence to me? I have no idea what it says. I think he is missing a word after the always descriptive "good" and also at the end of the sentence. What exactly is the subject of this sentence, ESPN? These typos were bad enough to repeat twice. One time in the newsprint and another on the internet. I was nervous when I first began this blog post that the egregious grammar errors would be missing in the online edition of Metro, but upon opening the webpage I was assured that Metro was capable of making the same mistake twice.
As a blogger I respect time constraints and realize punctuation and other grammar mistakes sometimes go unnoticed. But the whole point of blogging is for it to be hastily written and without much editing and by amateur writers. When we want real news by journalist and professionals we read newspapers. However, with these typos and lack of thesis, Chris quickly dispels any myth about journalistic integrity.
I know, I know, people have already told me that is what you get for reading Metro for news. But I challenge all you Metro-haters, not to say I am a Metro-lover, to tell me a good newspaper read for a 25 minute subway ride. Anyone can name me a better option than "AM" will get their own sports blog on fan vs. fan.
While insulting the World Cup, Mr. Baldwin can't help himself to enough hyperbole, like a fat man at an all you can eat Atlantic City buffet. He opens his sixth paragraph with this charming sentence, "For once a ball gets rolling in Bristol, it must be covered with as many network logos and dubious promotions as possible." Network logos? What other networks is ESPN promoting? Or did you mean that there were literally dozen of ESPN logos on the World Cup promotions? I will leave it to you for your advice.
The biggest World Cup gaffe of the day is you, Mr. Baldwin. Each day from now until the end of the World Cup, this blog will contain a highlight and description of the biggest mistake of the day whether it be a nutmeg on a keeper, a poorly written soccer article or a terrible sports call.