Friday, June 13, 2014

A 3-and-oh Count

It’s mid-June, time for the College World Series, an eight-team tournament that determines college baseball’s national champion. I tend to avoid the CWS because it pains me deeply that my alma mater, the flagship university in a state synonymous with baseball, has yet to capture a CWS title. That being said, I’d like to take this opportunity to revisit a conspicuous misspelling that made the rounds last June, finding its way to myriad websites, sports-centric and otherwise. Everyone from Sporting News and Deadspin to MSN and The Christian Post took digs at a doggone dugout that put something out there, in front of the world — and in front of World — for all(l) to see.

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Last June 15 was not exactly a banner opening day at the 2013 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. A banner affixed to the third-base dugout at TD Ameritrade Park contained a trio of letters working their way through College.

Visible to fans in the upper level, birds soaring above the ballpark and anyone with access to the Internet, the first word in the banner near third base was off base. College admitted an extra L. This typo atop the dugout amused many. L-L-L? LOL.

NCAA officials gave it the old college try and successfully replaced the banner the following day. That’s right: They got the L out of there!

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