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Really Howard?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by cwilson3, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. cwilson3

    cwilson3 Member


    Asks how many more majors Fed can win without mentioning his age in the entire piece?
  2. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    "It definitely seems possible, you know," said Federer, who turns 28 next month.

    Got a reading problem, wilson?
  3. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Guess this part through you?

  4. cwilson3

    cwilson3 Member

    Oops. I knew it seemed too dumb to be true.
  5. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Damn, spnited... got me.
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    It was too low in the story, to be honest. Third graf from the end and two grafs below a mention of Bjorn Borg's age when he walked away.
  7. cwilson3

    cwilson3 Member

    Yea, I was gonna follow up with that once I got over the embarassment haha. But yea, the reason I was so pissed was because that was the first thing that came to mind when I read the headline. How old is he?
  8. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Two issues with your thought process:

    1.) You're judging Fendrich's story based on a headline written by the Cleveland.com editor. The AP suggested hed is "Federer: 'I don't know if I can ever top this'" Which the story deals with.

    2.) His age is mentioned at the part of the story where he deals with how many more he can win. It's not like that's the lede, and then the age isn't brought up until the 15th graf. The first 14 grafs are about Wimbledon, Rafa, etc.
  9. cwilson3

    cwilson3 Member

    Well, then I have a problem with the headline writer at the PD/Cleve.com. They're kinda notorious for that.
  10. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    Wilson missed the age, yes, but the age should have been much higher in the story. It is almost a matter of course in every story about longevity, whether it be this issue or a guy signing a long-term contract or suffering/coming back from a serious injury. Last week, the Hossa signing, 12 years or something, his age also was buried in the story. I had to go digging and finally figure it out for myself that he would be well past 40 when the contract expired.
    And while we're at it, Ferguson golf gamer on Saturday, there was probably 15 inches of setup before he got around to mentioning that Woods and Kim were actually tied for the lead after the third round.
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