Illini Wonk
Friday, December 31, 2004
  Dumbest sentence ever
Illini wonk has always been mystified at some of the things that sportswriters will say from time-to-time (like Dick Vitale saying that Kansas is the best team in the nation), but this has to be the dumbest thing I have read in a long time. Here is the opening sentence of the recap of the Missouri/Gonzaga contest last night:

"Missouri missed its last 10 shots from the field and six of its last eight free throws — and still managed to hang on against its toughest opponent so far (emphasis added)."

What the *#$@ are they talking about? Missouri's last game before Gonzaga was against Illinois...the #1 team in the nation who beat both Missouri and Gonzaga. How does it get tougher than that?

ESPN doesn't give the story a byline, instead crediting it to the Associated Press. MSNBC had the same story and the Houston Chonicle carried it and credited "news services."

Most other newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune here, had a different AP story by R.B. Fallstrom. Who was the other AP reporter who penned that ridiculous sentence? If anyone knows, please post a comment or email me at
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