The following narrative and news item comes my way via a professional journalist (cue the oxymoron jokes) friend.  Emphasis mine:

Now, when you’re in the sports information business, you generally highlight the exploits of your own team, not your opponents. With very, very, very rare exceptions. I’d say the eighth Division I perfect game in the last half-century might be one of those rare exceptions.

But nope, I’d be wrong. Because here is the George Washington write-up of the game:

The George Washington baseball team held No. 1 Virginia to just two runs on Tuesday evening at Davenport Field but were unable to compliment the strong pitching performance at the plate, falling 2-0.

GW (7-18) pitchers Tommy Gately, Kenny O’Brien and Craig Lejeune combined to hold Virginia (25-2) to just two runs on six hits. The top-ranked Cavaliers entered the game batting .297 as a team and averaging over seven runs per contest.

Hmmm. Ok. Tell me more.

Gately got the start for GW and pitched three innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs with one strikeout. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the third by inducing two pop outs.

Both Virginia runs were scored in the bottom of the fourth inning after Gately exited the game. Ryan Levine led off the frame with a single and Kenny Swab followed with a walk to put two on with no outs.

Gotcha. How about the Cavaliers? Did they do anything interesting?

Virginia would score their first run after Reed Gragnini reached on a fielders choice. Another run would score via a balk but O’Brien escaped the inning without any further damage and allowed just two hits over the next three innings.

Oh. Ok. And, uh, nothing else noteworthy? Wait, what’s this is the seventh paragraph?

The two runs were all the Cavaliers would need as starting pitcher Will Roberts was perfect on the mound, striking out 10 batters en route to the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I (since 1957) history and the first since 2002.

Category: Really, really bad calls, Sports

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11 Responses to “How to Bury the Lede”

  1. TheUnrepentantGunner says:

    well, whaddya expect from a bunch of future politicians and spin doctors?

  2. VennData says:

    If you can’t write, write sports.

  3. Woof says:

    Yes and they misspelled “complement” — my favorite typo to find.

    My favorite to make? there / their / they’re I know the difference, but in a rush too often absentmindedly type the wrong one.

  4. JimRino says:

    Excellent “Journalism”: The Perfect Buried Lead.

  5. JimRino says:

    Ah, now I see your title.
    You use the Journalistic “Lede”.

  6. abkaplan says:

    This isn’t “Journalism” but “PR” – it was produced by the GWU Athletic Department, not the student newspaper. Their last update was on the 28th, before yesterday’s game. They only publish twice a week, since their writers hopefully are attending classes that teach them how to not write this BS.

  7. boogabooga1114 says:

    I’m an alum of a university that last fall had its second consecutive one-win football season. The Athletic Department’s weekly game reports were a running lesson in putting a good face on adversity, but this indeed puts them to shame.

  8. dz says:

    More of this kind of analysis applied to financial news stories would be good.

  9. Casual_Observer says:

    As a GW alum, this is embarassing. I would note, though, that the link posted by Crabhands above is to WaPo and not to the GW sports PR site. Given that UVA is well within the main reading territory of WaPo, this is a bit surprising. Sadly, many “news stories” we see these days are based on press releases. That trend is NOT limited to just the sports section.

  10. low-tech cyclist says:

    They could have had a header like “Colonials Fall to Perfect Cavalier Pitching” or some such.

    Sure, the GW Sports website wants to put the best face on things, but c’mon, it’s no shame to lose to a perfect game. It’s like getting struck by lightning, and about as unlikely.