Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Great Moments In Hockey Journalism

The Wild have offered their free agent-to-be Finnish goaltender Niklas Backstrom a new contract, and CNN/SI has attached a picture of Caps Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom to the story.

It's not the first and it won't be the last time that the MSM gets confused by the similar names of these two Scandanavian studs, and it's not nearly as bad as today's biggest MSM hockey screw up. That honor belongs to our very own Washington Post, whose print edition this morning ran the following:

Game 1 to Senators

Trailing by one entering the final period, Ottawa wins the Stanley Cup finals opener on a goal by Travis Moen. E2

Playoff Score
Senators 3, Ducks 2

Well done, WaPo! Look, you don't have to send your hockey guy to the Finals, but pretend you care just a little bit about the sport, won't you?

H/t to JT on the Backstrom link


Snktimoniuz said...

If memory serves me, didn't the Washington Post do something similar with a photo of Petr Sykora (of I think Anaheim that year) in place of the Capitals' (best player outside of the NHL) Petr Sykora?

JP said...


Maybe this guy's next up.

Rage said...

Wow, that's freaking attrocious.

They also used the phrase "tongue-and-cheek" in the article about the (hot) Pole Vaulter, rather than the correct "tongue-in-cheek".

Tyler said...

Ah, Memorial Day staffing levels....

Rage said...

That's the excuse they're making, Tyler. Not sure it's a good/acceptable one, though.

Marky Narc said...

And my mother, bless her heart, fears that she's starting to go senile. Mistakes like this do not help alleviate her worries!