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"Merkle's Blunder"

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Della9250, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member


    So says the Daily News, apparently not wanting to offend people. I was curious as to the reaction either way, especially when the play has never been referred to as such.
  2. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    I've only seen it referred to as Merkle's Boner.

  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Della's Blunder
  4. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    You said boner.
  5. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member

    I totally disagree. That is the celebration of the event. This is the journalistic side of changing the name of an event because a newspaper is afraid of the connotation.
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Any better?
  7. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    The "name of the event" was invented by some sportswriter anyway, at a time when the term was innocuous. Is it wrong to say, "Franco Harris' amazing catch in the Super Bowl" instead of "Immaculate Reception?" Of course not.

    I wouldn't expect any self-respecting newspaper to refer to Tiger Woods as gay after the birth of his child, though I'm sure he was happy as hell.

    The connotation of the word has changed and the fact that every one of us - every one of us - giggles a little to ourselves when referring to Merkle's boner, tells me that it may not be appropriate in the newspaper anymore.

    I think the term is funny as hell. But I can certainly understand if a newspaper wants to maintain higher standards rather than go for a cheap laugh out of ingrates like myself.

    There are only two reasons to continue calling it Merkle's Boner -- to get a third-grade laugh out of it or to avoid the knee-jerk "PC POLICE!!!!" reaction to calling it a blunder.
  8. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Methinks my friend slappy is saying Deep Background.

    (After further review, methinks you already figured that out)
  9. tagline

    tagline Member

    Yes, it's wrong. Because the catch happened during an AFC divisional playoff game, not the Super Bowl.
  10. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Now that would be a yes.
  11. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

  12. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

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