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by VooX on 08/19/10 at 06:00 PM ET
To our readers: I made an assumption in a column last night. It was a bad move. In a column written Tuesday for our Wednesday Shanahan Summit coverage, I assumed that what I had been told by Tim Kennedy and Justin Abdelkader had indeed happened, that they had indeed flown to Shanny’s Jig, and sat in the stands together rooting on the prospects playing in the camp. That was their plan. Both told me so in separate interviews. Because the column had to be filed on Tuesday afternoon, but appeared Wednesday night, I wrote it in the past tense, as if it already had happened.
While it was hardly the thrust of the column - which was about nostalgia and college athletes - it was wrong just the same. You can’t write that something happened that didn’t, even if it’s just who sat in the stands. Perhaps, it seems a small detail to you - the players still love their teams, they are still nostalgic, they simply decided not to go after the column had been filed - but details are the backbone of faux journalism, and planning to be somewhere is not the same as being there.
So I owe you and Kukla’s Korner an apology, and you have it right here. It wasn’t thorough faux journalism. While our deadlines would have required some weird writing - something like, “By the time you read this, if Tim and Justin stuck to their plans, and I wasn’t a complete fauxing douche-bag, they would have sat in the stands for Saturday’s game”- it should have been done. We have high standards at this blog, and I have high standards for myself. We - the editors and I - got caught in an assumption that shouldn’t have happened. It won’t again. Thanks. Bitches.
I predict a Red Smith Award coming my way.
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