26 May 2009

Guardian Own-goal

I've written on many occasions about the Guardian and Observer - their inability to call the right shots on Apple, the MMR scandal of the Observer and a few other gaffes, but I had to write this one down for posterity demonstrating that their sports correspondents also seem to be a bit weak.

On Sunday in the last game of the season, Everton beat Fulham by 2-0, (well done Everton by the way and particularly congratulations to David Moyes and Bill Kenwright for an amazing year), and the Guardian report by Jamie Jackson on the match had the following gem (no doubt it's been fixed in the link UPDATE - yes it has, but here's the quote anyway):

Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United are Everton's opponents in Saturday's FA Cup final.

This will no doubt come as a shock to Everton, who felt that beating Manchester United in the semi-finals would have been enough to eliminate them from the competition. Chelsea may also feel aggrieved having been ousted after legitimately beating Arsenal in the other semi-final.

This is such a basic mistake, it's hard to imagine anyone even remotely qualified in football making it. But perhaps, Mr Jackson just wanted to get United mentioned a few times in the short report on the match? Perhaps the article gets more hits if this team is mentioned, even though the link to this game was tenuous at best?

Anyway guys, time for a root and branch clean up of your writers?

I'll be winding this blog down even further over the coming months as no one is really interested, and I'm so short of time nowadays (those that know me will understand why, those that don't are free to ask!). But I will try to take the opportunity to revisit some of the posts and see if Hobsblog called the shots better than the British press. (hint: I think we did!)

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Jaky said...

Loved reading your blog. But, why are you winding it up? Just keep posting yaar, some small 10 line posts are not bad at all.

Ian Hobson said...

Hi Jaky
Thanks for your interest. My personal life (and business life) had become a lot more complicated - all for the better. But nevertheless, I became time-limited!

There's a lot I'd love to say, but I'm finding that people like John Gruber at daringfireball say it infinitely better than I do about Apple and that industry, and there are plenty of other commentators about UK issues that are also way better. For instance, comedians such as Mitchell and Webb, Richard Herring and Dara O'Brain all do outstanding sketches concerning anti-science (homeopathy, nutrition, etc). This is a good thing to see IMHO.

Oh, and I gave up subscribing to the online Guardian completely because of their bad service. So nothing even to comment on there any longer.

While my new directions in life give me plenty of new stuff to write about, I also feel that some of that is private, and I'm not ready to violate the lives of those around me by sharing it.

I'd still love to revisit some of the articles written about here to see how they turned out and get "closure". But I accept my style is very essay-like, and therefore posts are time consuming to do them properly. Twitter is not a medium for me (though I see it's use for some people). So, this site is going to be very quiet indeed - at least for the next year or more.

Thanks anyway - to everyone in fact who's read this blog and found a soup├žon of interest!

AnaVar said...

I still check your blog once in a while to see if there are any new posts :) Most of us are time-limited, so I don't blame you. Enjoy!