There’s a reason newspapers are going the way of the dinosaur. One reason is that if an error is printed, it can’t be easily and quickly changed the way it can online. Yes, sometimes papers will print a correction the next day, but the damage is often already done.
The Columbus Dispatch found this out the hard way Friday morning. After Peyton Manning threw a record-tying seven touchdowns in the Denver Broncos’ season-opening 49-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens Thursday, the Ohio paper’s game story had a headline of “Elway throws seven touchdown passes.”
The Dispatch got the headline right in the online version of the story, and the printed article mentions Manning in the lead, but switches over to (John) Elway again by the second paragraph.
Perhaps Manning should be infuriated that the writer doesn’t know who he is, but maybe the writer simply confused Manning with Elway, thinking the two quarterbacks as being of the same caliber.
Elway hasn’t played in the league since 1998, by the way.
Whatever the explanation, the mistake was embarrassing for the paper, but hilarious to the rest of us.