Tag Archives: Super Bowl

A simple proposal to normalize fact-checking

Here’s a simple rule reputable media publications should follow, with absolutely no exceptions: If you’re going to reproduce a third party’s factual assertion, you must provide immediate clarification whenever said factual assertion is false.  The alternative – that is, current practice – makes it far too easy for the subject of a news story to hijack the vehicle you provide for his or her own ends.

Because I don’t want to turn the hunt for truth into a partisan issue, I’ll give an innocuous example of how this ought to be done. On Saturday morning, the Seattle Times published an editorial by columnist Larry Stone that touched on what a potential Sounders victory in the MLS Cup could do for the franchise in its home city:

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Someone get the NFL a dictionary. And a calendar.

They called it Super Bowl 50 so you’d forget the “L” stands for “lies”.

During this year’s Super Bowl pre-game ceremony, the broadcaster mentioned that the league was celebrating the “fiftieth anniversary of the Super Bowl”. As it happens, you can listen for yourself in the very first few seconds of these official NFL Super Bowl highlights:

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Why does Russell Wilson no longer shill for American Family Insurance?

Divorces are never easy. And that difficulty can be magnified when the split occurs in the spotlight, as it did for quarterback Russell Wilson and ex-corporate sponsor American Family Insurance.

The couple seemed to be going strong as recently as Superbowl XLVIII. Do you remember the commercial Wilson filmed for American Family Insurance back in early 2014?

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How anti-Semitic are New England Patriots fans?

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith made headlines yesterday when he (sort of nonsensically) accused the Philadelphia Eagles of making roster decisions on the basis of race. But the idea of a racist team in the modern NFL is not so far-fetched — it’s probably just playing in Foxborough.

Suspicions were raised last year, when the Patriots’ official Twitter account shared the following:

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I’ve never been more disappointed in Russell Wilson, Part Two

Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell got most of the blame for the way this year’s Super Bowl ended, but since he was the one who actually threw the game-ending interception, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also managed to disappoint more than a few of his “fans”.

I chronicled numerous examples of that disappointment in the first installment of this series.

I, too, have been disappointed in Russell Wilson, but not because of his play on the football field. So this is the second in a series of short posts chronicling some of the reasons for my disappointment.

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Brandon Browner is a freaking prophet

One big reason Tom Brady and his Patriots were able to score four touchdowns in the Super Bowl was the health of the Seahawks’ secondary: Earl’s separated shoulder and torn labrum. Sherman’s elbow. Kam’s bone bruise and torn MCL.

New England was more than aware of those injuries, and planned to take advantage of them from before the first snap. Here’s former-Seahawk, current-Patriot Brandon Browner before the game:

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Literally the dumbest thing anyone said during the Super Bowl

You are surely aware that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics. But don’t forget there are also three kinds of dumb: dumb, extremely dumb… and statistics.

Behold this tweet, published by Pro Football Reference during the Super Bowl one week ago today:

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NFL rhymes with What the Hell

The NFL announced that it has fined four players for their roles in the scuffle that closed out last Sunday’s Super Bowl. I suppose I’m fine with that: those players fought with one another in front of over a hundred million people, and gave the league a black eye (if not one another, because punching a guy’s helmet is more adorably futile than anything else, even for an NFL player). So sure, fine them. But not like this: Continue reading NFL rhymes with What the Hell

Cougars are ours and you can’t have them

Mountain Lion. Puma. Catamount. Lion of the Andes. Panther. All different names for the same thing: But unlike Death Cab for Cutie, none of those are authentically Washington. You see, out where I’m from, that critter you see above is called a cougar.

Although aware of the existence of those many alternatives, I actually went years thinking “cougar” is a relatively common term. It certainly helps that it has taken on a strong secondary connotation in pop culture. So imagine my astonishment when I took the New York Times’ Dialect Quiz about a year ago and discovered that the name is pretty much endemic to Washington:

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