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While reporting on the story that three members of the Nippon Ham Fighters baseball team has been diagnosed with swine flu (including former MLBer Terrmel Sledge), ESPN makes a mistake that’s all too common.

Nippon Ham Fighters

For the last time, they are not the Ham Fighters. They are simply the Fighters. Nippon Ham is the company that owns them. You’re a sports news organization, ESPN. Please, at the very least, get this right.

One Response to “For the last time, they don’t fight hams…”

  1. Yes, I can see why you’d be upset about ESPN calling the Fighters the Ham Fighters, but there is something comic about two Japanese guys whacking each other over the head with a spiral cut honey ham. A sports news agency does have a responsibility in getting a name right no matter how absurd it is, i.e. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim would be the key example. What’s wrong with the California Angels? You know Gene Autry is rolling around in his grave each time any sportscaster has to say that idiotic name.

    Now while I hope the players that have contracted H1N1 recover fully from their bout of swine flu its moderately funny that a team that has Ham in their name would have this pass among them. Worse plays on words have been made. Anways Get well all you Fighters.

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