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Who's writing the AP's World Championship stuff?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by sirvaliantbrown, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. It's easy to criticize the AP's gamers, but they are almost always tightly written and grammatically sound.

    Some of the stuff coming out of Japan, though, is pretty terrible.

    "SENDAI, Japan (AP) -- Defending champion Serbia and Montenegro lost its opener at the world championships Saturday with an 82-75 defeat to Nigeria, which got 18 points from Ime Udoka and a key 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter by Josh Akognon.

    Serbia and Montenegro won the 2002 world title at Indianapolis while competing as Yugoslavia. However, it made this tournament only as a wild card. Now it is an aging team and some of its NBA players -- Nenad Krstic of New Jersey and Aleksandar Pavlovic of Cleveland -- are not playing.

    Igor Rakocevic, who played a year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, led Serbia and Montenegro with 20 points, his team's only double-digit scorer."

    Weak weak.

    Why is it weak? Who would the AP get to cover the tournament? There can't be many basketball writers in the Tokyo bureau. How does this stuff work?
  2. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Story we started to run Saturday morning talked about Friday's Team USA practice but made no mention of the fact the event began Saturday or who the U.S. was playing.
  3. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    This seems like a good time to mention the occasion when I called the AP to correct something dumb in a graphic -- they had some federal appointee serving as the Navy's assistant chief of security at age 17 or some such bull -- and I was transferred from New York to Tokyo. Tokyo!
  4. Tokyo knows all.
  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    They also apparently can't be bothered to type up agate (or even just copy-and-paste from the FIBA site). They sent 80 inches of agate five times a day for the whole World Cup, but for hoops, nothing.
  6. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I've already reached my daily quota of Asian references, so I'll demur.
  7. slowcenter

    slowcenter Member

    Not only weak, but just plain wrong. Serbia & Montenegro in not only not aging, but is fielding an incredibly young team since all the experienced players took a pass on playing.
  8. Wow.

    "US, Argentina romp while Europeans falter at world basketball

    by Jim Slater

    SAPPORO, Japan (AFP) - US and Argentina teams loaded with National Basketball Association standouts rolled to victory Sunday at the World Championships while two European powers remained winless after narrow defeats.

    The Americans routed China 121-90, with NBA hero Dwyane Wade's 26 points leading an overwhelming performance, while 2004 Olympic champion Argentina ripped Lebanon 107-72 behind 22 points from Walter Herrmann.

    But European champions Greece edged perennial favorite Lithuania 81-76 in overtime and two-time defending champion Serbia and Montenegro slid to 0-2 as NBA standout Boris Diaw scored 20 points to spark France to a 65-61 triumph.

    Italy and Turkey also matched the Greeks with an 0-2 start among the Europeans. The Italians overcame a woeful start to beat Slovenia 80-76 while the Turks staged a gritty fightback to bounce Australia 76-68."

    The horrendousness of this article is remarkable.
  9. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    A gritty fightback?

    I'm not sure English is this guy's first language.
  10. And, yet, "Jim Slater".

    One thing's certain: basketball isn't his first sport.

    Or, actually, maybe it is.
  11. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    He must be a Cincinnati grad. :D
  12. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    That really sounds like a pseudonym, probably for some Euro or Japanese stringer wanting to sound as American as possible. At first, I thought that was the name of the musclebound guy in Kentucky Fried Movie who saved the day by taking over for the poor schlep who couldn't perform to the how-to sex instruction tape, but I looked it up and that was Big Jim Slade. Oh well.
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