ESPN.com writer Kevin Seifert made a mistake - one very obvious - in a story he wrote about the NFC North's Detroit Lions:
We all know the Lions want to run the ball more this season. But after the release of veterans Kevin Jones and T.J. Duckett, can you name the remaining members of the Lions' backfield? If so, congratulations. It's no easy task.
For now, veteran Tatum Bell has been penciled in as the starting tailback, based on his success in a zone-blocking scheme while playing in Denver. But it wouldn't be a surprise to see rookie Kevin Smith -- a third-round pick from Tulane -- emerge as a candidate for the starting job during training camp.
(T.J. Duckett wasn't released. He was not resigned after his one-year deal ran out. Kevin Smith, owner of the second most prolific rushing season in NCAA history, was drafted out of UCF (Central Florida).)
Check out these selected commenters' responses and how they progressively got worse as the day wore on. Some good burns by the commenters.
*Come on the third round pick from Tulane, it was Central Florida smart guy. He must have been thinking about Forte, who was a second round pick for the Bears. I realize not many people like or even know anything about the Lions because of their rich history of losing, but can't you do a little research instead of going off everything that you already know?
*Dude do 5 minutes of research before writing an article, Kevin Smith from Tulane? The guy is the #2 all time NCAA rusher, you got to know what school he is from
*this writer is an assclown and should be fired. can someone please give me a sports web site that doesn't suck? espn screws up so much yet i have to keep coming back here because they're only slightly less crappy than other web sites. i haven't been this angry with espn since the "who's now" debacle.
*You know your team sucks when you get the d- level coverage.
*HAHAAH Kevin Smith went to Tulane. What a moron. He went to UCF. What a Dumb Sh**.
Editor note: I know the trendy thing to do in the sports blogosphere is to poke fun at ESPN's misgivings, innaccuracies, stupidities and misfortunes. I don't believe ESPN is the gold standard in sports media (there are far too many outlets and options for fans to choose from), but it certainly is at the forefront. I don't know understand how a writer and his editors can miss such an error.