'Holland wins World Cup' declares CBSNews
It seems that some US media outlets are still getting to grips with the finer points of football, declaring that it was the Orange-clad, yellow-carded Dutch who won last night.
CBSNews/AP declared, in the early hours, that "The Netherlands Wins First World Cup and Ends 22-Year Streak Without a Title of Any Kind".
Click through and you're informed that "The Netherlands defeated Spain by a score of SCORE to SCORE to win its first World Cup title".
The writer compared the feat to Spain's ending "a 44-year barren spell when it won the 2008 European Championship and can become only the third team to be world and European champion at the same time".
Well, as anyone who was paying attention knows, the Netherlands' trophy cabinet is set to stay empty a while longer, bar a pack of yellow and red cards.
This could illustrate that despite Team USA's own progress in the tournament, US sports writers are still struggling with the beautiful game. Or, alternatively, someone found extra time tension too much, and consequently had a premature copy ejaculation. ®
It would seem the sports desk at CBSNews have tumbled the fact that Holland actually lost the World Cup last night. Again. Still, maybe they'll have better luck in the next Soccer World Series Bowl.
Same old same old. The US news outlets also declared that George W Bush won the election against Al Gore. Except in this case FIFA aren't going to change the result to match the reports.
Re : Common practice
Agreed.. this looks like forewriting the game. The screen shot says "SCORE to SCORE" - suggesting that followed by premature copyjaculation before the writer could actually plug-in the real scores. Or, he had two copies on his iphone and uploaded the worng'un.
Paris, coz she did SCORE during the world cup.
Nope, all this shows is that the US are catching up with the UK sports journos who write 90% of the match before it has even started! They add a couple of tweaks as the game progresses and then just add the final score just as the final whiste blows. They lodge the article back in the head office (presumably by using WiFi or 3G) and then dash off to the pub. Sports journos have notoriously lazy habits!
At least the UK ones know to post the article AFTER the match has finished rather than before so the US guys have a bit of catching up to do and will not be among the first into the pub for long while their editors abuse them over the phone for lodging the wrong result!