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Photos of the Day: Broncos newspaper fails

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Photo by Rhonda Dixon
Particularly during dark times (like the Josh McDaniels era), Broncos fans have been accused of living in the past. But that's nothing compared to the guy who wrote the headline for a story about last night's Broncos' win over the Ravens for the Columbus Dispatch. Rather than applauding Peyton Manning for throwing seven touchdowns in the contest , a photo shared by Twitter user Rhonda Dixon shows the paper gave credit to John Elway -- who was at the game, sure, but clad in street clothes, not a uniform. But at least the headline scribe got the number of touchdowns right, unlike the print edition of the Denver Post, as you can see by the additional images below.

Here's an above-the-fold look at the Post's sports-page opener:

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As you can see, the subhed references "six TD passes in less than a full game," implying that the edition was put to bed before the game was over. And indeed, that's clear from other references on page one of the section, including this by-the-numbers box....

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...and this reference to a score of 42-24 in the body of the main article (the final was 49-27)....

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...as well as the headline of Mark Kiszla's column, which plays off the wrong number:

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What makes this even more embarrassing is the fact that the game wasn't all that late. A lightning storm pushed back the start time by just over half an hour, resulting in the contest concluding a little before 11 p.m., if memory serves. No doubt that's after the usual print deadline, but papers can extend that time for a big story -- and the Broncos kicking ass against the Super Bowl champion Ravens during the first NFL game of the 2013 season would certainly seem to qualify. After all, Broncos coverage is one of the major economic engines driving the Post.

The Post doesn't need to give subscribers more reasons to stop paying for the print edition, but this morning, it provided them with at least six...or was it seven?

Update: A Denver Post source unhappy with the criticism in this item makes the point that multiple editions of today's paper were published, and not all of them feature incomplete information about the Broncos game and Peyton Manning's seven-touchdown-pass performance. Here, for instance, is an image from the three-star edition, featuring the actual final score, 49-27:

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Guess that makes those of us who received a copy ballyhooing six TD passes at the point in the game when the score was 42-24 should feel extra-special. We've got a collector's item!

More from our Sports archive: "Video: Peyton Manning's seven touchdowns make up for a multitude of dumb-ass sins."

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61 comments
Ephen Stephens
Ephen Stephens

I had to place a wireless microphone on this a-hole for a driving demonstration (golf not cars), at which he wouldn't even say hello, or acknowledge my existence. After that lovely interaction, I watched Johnny boy shake hands and interact with white elementary school kids and completely ignore a section of black kids and actually heard one young boy say to another boy "I think Mr. Elway is racist". He was right. It was blatant. Never liked him. Never will.

Joe McQuillen
Joe McQuillen

I've heard a similar story from a former Denver area waitress... Also that he allowed his kids to go berserk all over the restaurant. Classy.

David Spohn
David Spohn

NO, they were drunk, because if he was high he'd of been too OCD and anal to let it go out anything but perfect!

David Spohn
David Spohn

someone is living in the past, or is uber lazy doing their job and copied and pasted,,,.....lol

Nina Storud
Nina Storud

I guess he was playing in his suit and tie.

tomaindenver
tomaindenver

The real point here isn't copy editing, or proofreading, but a ridiculously early deadline. And yes, some papers have to go out early to get there on time -- to say, Julesburg or Ogallala. But the fact that ANYONE in the Denver metro area got a newspaper today with anything less than the final score just says volumes about the Post's "fuck you" attitude toward its readers. A game that ended that early should have easily made second edition. But since they have no competition any more, the Post doesn't care.

Terry Hiatt
Terry Hiatt

Nothing's wrong with the headline - Elway has thrown 7 touchdown passes, just not in the same game - - Only one other has thrown 7 in the same game and that was in 1969 -

Brian Kistner
Brian Kistner

THIS IS BAD!!!!! Who ever proofread was high on something!!!! And as Neil said, would have creditable /possible if it had happened 1983-1998 when Elway ACTUALLY PLAYED!!!

Ian Watson
Ian Watson

I still follow westword on Facebook

C.J.
C.J.

Regarding the update: What would have been the harm in waiting until the game ended? The print circulation is way down -- because stuff like this happens. It's the Broncos' home opener that ended before 11 p.m. Push back deadlines and make sure everyone getting the print product has the updated information on a big news event in your own backyard. Not that difficult.

Alissa Smalls
Alissa Smalls

If I'm correct, Elway never threw 7 touchdown passes b/c Patton Manning achieved that record last night.

Max Cisneros III
Max Cisneros III

Mr. Ed never threw more than 5 tds. And that was in his second season.

Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly

The assumption that it's in any way important?

DougHubka
DougHubka

Sort of a cheap shot at the Post, Even you should know they have a deadline so the paper gets printed and delivered.

Alli Sands
Alli Sands

Elway played baseball, not football. Duh. ;)

Tyler Hawkins
Tyler Hawkins

Actually, the last time a QB threw 7 TDs was in 1969

Amy Amaterasu DiIullo
Amy Amaterasu DiIullo

Ohhhhh....the Columbus Disgrace. Making Buckeye's everywhere shake their heads.

Mark Lilley
Mark Lilley

It's even wrong in the 2nd paragraph!

Norman Dillon
Norman Dillon

you can't come up with original content of your own so you mock others....

C.J.
C.J.

@DougHubkaThat's ridiculous. The game ended before 11 p.m. It's clear the paper cleared at about 10:30 p.m. That's a joke. The No. 1 generator of news and traffic for the Post is the Broncos. It's not even close. And certainly a Broncos opener. At home. In a rematch against the Ravens. On national TV. And throw in a historic night for Peyton Manning and this snapshot in history makes the Post look like a bunch of bumbling idiots.

Deadlines get extended all the time for breaking news. You hold the paper and get the final score in and the correct number of touchdown passes. It's not like the game ended close to 2 a.m., like it did for the Columbus Dispatch, which at least had the final score AND seven touchdown passes.

At this rate, what's the point of the Post publishing a print product anymore if they can't get something as basic as a final score of a Broncos game and the correct number of touchdown passes? Since the name of the company is Digital First, just make it Digital Only and stop putting out a print product that is cheap, lazy, inadequate and irrelevant.

Oh, and the Boulder Daily Camera, which shares content with the Post, got the final score in its print edition AND the right number of touchdown passes.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Tyler Hawkins You're right, Tyler -- Joe Kapp. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@C.J. @DougHubka Thanks for the post, C.J. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

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