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What the heck is up with ESPN.com’s wack new policy of treating singular cities and team names as if they were plural nouns in their news headlines, as in “Tribe acquire Anthony Reyes” or “Arizona triumph over the Giants” rather than “Tribe acquires” and “Arizona triumphs”?

Has anyone else noticed this? Because it’s been happening all the time lately.

Did ESPN secretly get bought by the British or something? Bring in a whole bunch of British editors? Because that’s not how we ever said those things here in America, and last time I checked, Bristol, Conn., was still firmly in American hands.

I just hope this weirdness doesn’t catch on with real Americans like that stupid “untracked” crap.

4 Responses to “Has ESPN been secretly infiltrated by Limeys?”

  1. Kirk Miller says:

    Nice to see someone else bugged by the misuse of words. Keep up the good work. Getting untracked has bugged me for some time, and now that I know you are on the case I am chomping…er, champing at the bit to see what else you can uncover.

  2. We’re going to have to wissen vewy, vewy cwosely. If someone at ESPN says “So and so got hurt and is IN HOSPITAL”… then we know for sure. Limeys it is.

  3. Lyndsay says:

    I think it’s more likely that ESPN is just staffed by a bunch of frat boys that hired people to write their term papers for them in college. I highly doubt they’re looking for English majors in Bristol.

  4. As an Englishman (albeit one who just happens to be obsessed by American sports) I must confess to not minding about these things. I have no idea as to why we have so many differences with spelling and grammar but we do. I don’t think it’s exactly the end of the world though.

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