Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Open letter to Foxsoccer.com

Dear Foxsoccer.com,

We hope this letter finds you well. Quite frankly, though, we know that you are not. We would, at this time, like to present our collective self to help you re-right the ship that is your website. It's not that you have bad webdesign or don't cover enough of the sport we all love, it's that you hit "publish" without fact-checking. Please check below to see just one example of this.

Yours,

Unprofessional Foul


This was sent to us by the wonderful Mike Georger, and as he points out, in the span of four short paragraphs, whoever wrote this made three glaring factual errors. First, Mascherano would never be considered a striker, despite that one goal he scored in 07/08. Secondly, Cavenaghi does not play for Real Madrid, but for Bordeaux He has never played in Madrid. And third, Giants Stadium is in New Jersey, not New York. New Jersey will kill you for that kind of thing.

So, Fox Soccer, the ball is in your court. Our offer stands until we take it off the table. Make all offers (be sure to include the big money we are looking for) to unprofessionalfoul [at] gmail [dot] com. We will be waiting to hear from you.

4 comments:

Eladio said...

This is an AP story, not a Fox Sports story. The fault lies mainly with the AP writer (and his/her editor) who released this story onto the wire, though I do concede that partial blame must be laid at Fox for not proof-reading. Though I wonder, how many AP stories from the wire ever do get proof-read before putting up on their site...or any other site, to be honest.

Eladio said...

Case in point: Sports Illustrated's website has the same exact story with the same mistakes; however, Yahoo Sports edited the story for brevity and correctness, it seems.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/soccer/05/26/bc.la.spt.soc.argentina.squad.ap/index.html

http://sports.yahoo.com/sow/news?slug=ap-argentinaroster&prov=ap&type=lgns

ü75 said...

Hey, we're trying to get paid here.

Obviously, the story is wrong from the AP feed. Still, would it have killed someone to look over those four paragraphs and make a few changes?

Mike Georger said...

this it totally going on my next CV

they still havent fixed it, probably wont. they have a comment section and people of course pointed it out ..