Friday, March 22, 2013

Scoreboard Malfunction

Connecticut defeated North Carolina 86-35. This must be distinctly understood or nothing wonderful can come of the story I'm going to relate.*

Someone input an incorrect score of 83-65. Got the 3 and the 6 transposed. That's understandable. Instead of simply flip-flopping the digits, however, USA Today compounded the problem by adding the correct score — in a different, less-than-ideal spot — and allowing the incorrect score to remain.

So now we've got two scores, one of them correct and one of them incorrect. The correct score is in an incorrect spot, and the incorrect score is in the correct spot.

Did you get all that?

* This sentence was co-opted from the opening lines of the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol, starring Alastair Sim.

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