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Behold the power of a misspelled name

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Wonderlic, May 16, 2011.

  1. Wonderlic

    Wonderlic Member

    UNC basketball signee P.J. Hairston: Duke 'couldn't spell my name right' ... http://bit.ly/lrRBff

    The kid is a McDonald's All-American and rated among the top players in the Class of 2011 by Scout and Rivals.

     
  2. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    That's great.
     
  3. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Coach K would have made sure it was spelled correctly on Hairston's Discover Card.
     
  4. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    I was thinking someone cost a kid a scholarship, a kid who worked hard.
     
  5. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    So, P.J., you made part of your decision because of an intern or some administrative assistant making 15 bucks an hour? That's just great.

    When you get to UNC, I hope you find a place and time to reflect on this great injustice. You DO know where the library is, I'm sure.
     
  6. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    It's not unreasonable to expect a school that's recruiting me to get my name right. It's kinda insulting, as if I'm not that big a deal if they can't even make sure they're calling me by my proper name. A lot of recruiting goes into making a kid feel special, as if he's the last piece of the puzzle, whether he's getting attention from Duke or Darryl's Divinity School. Calling me Mastery Meat or Mystery Mate is going to put my guard up about you guys, no matter your reputation, and if it's a choice between that or another top-flight school that put my correctly-spelled name up in lights on the HD video screen at their arena, well there you go.
     
  7. linotype

    linotype Well-Known Member

    Keep in mind that Duke already has a kid with the same last name: Josh Hairston.

    http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=22727&SPID=1845&DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=205007206&Q_SEASON=2011
     
  8. writingump

    writingump Member

    Put yourself in an 18-year old kid's shoes (or any human being with an ego, for that matter). If your services are being sought, getting your name right is sort of important. I don't blame him one bit for spurning Duke and picking UNC. That's a stunning mistake by a program which wins in part because it takes care of the details.
     
  9. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    I'm quite happy with his decision. Thanks Dook!
     
  10. king cranium maximus IV

    king cranium maximus IV Active Member

    When I was a high school senior, UNC sent me a letter inviting me to visit (for academic, not athletic, purposes). Addressed from the dean and everything. Pretty blatant dangling participle in the first sentence.
     
  11. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    That's where I'm at on it. Surprised that they would mess it up that badly.

    John Sausage Sammich Thompson went on his radio show today ripping the kid for thinking he was too important. Um, no. STFU and eat another sammich.
     
  12. ShiptoShore

    ShiptoShore Member

    $15/hr? Sign me up. I've misspelled plenty of names for much less than that.
     
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