Alright, this had to be done.
On May 31, just before 1 p.m., I published an article on Bleacher Report entitled "Palmer Knows Ochocinco Would Be Asset to 2009 Bengals."
After putting the article online, I finished my daily to-do list, which included: washing my bicycle, eating Lucky Charms, and shaving my cat.
Eight hours later, I made my way back to B/R and found a ghastly error, the headline on my article had been changed to, "Palmer Knows Ochocinco Would Be Asset to CINCINATTI Bengals in '09."
Now, usually, I probably wouldn't have cared, but this is the third time an editor has managed to spell CINCINNATI wrong in a month, THREE TIMES, and that's just on MY articles. Here are links to at least two more cases where it's been butchered:
The Greatest Cincinatti Bengals Team Ever: 1988(On this link, the writer obviously knows how to spell CINCINNATI, as he uses it correctly on several occasions in his article, plus, I read it before the headline was changed to the incorrect spelling)
Now I'm not going to call anyone out, but I do want to make sure that everyone on this site knows how to spell CINCINNATI.
I work in sports journalism, and I can unequivocally say that the most embarrassing thing that can happen to a writer is a misspelled headline.
In the real world, writer's usually don't pick their headlines, they just turn in a story and expect the editors to come with something clever.
When a word in the headline is misspelled, it kills the piece's credibility before the reader has even read one word. If that word is something that is embarrassingly wrong, like CINCINNATI, people may not even bother to read the article.
With B/R being syndicated on well-read websites like foxsports.com and CBSsports.com, it's important that these mistakes are avoided at all costs or B/R will lose credibility, which directly effects every writer on the site.
I know the Bengals have never won a Super Bowl, I know it's been over a decade since the Reds were good, I know the Bearcat basketball program has fallen off the radar, and I know people are moving out of the city like it's ground zero for swine flu, but let's please make sure that we're spelling CINCINNATI correctly.
Incorrect: CINCINATTI, CINCINATI, CINCINNATTI, CINNCINATI, CINNCINNATI
Oh and don't get me started on Houshmandzadeh. That man is a walking spelling mistake, I hope every journalist in Seattle has fun with that. He single-handedly gave me Carpal tunnel syndrome.
(In the photo above, the young girl is angry because someone on B/R misspelled Cincinnati, not because the Bengals have been terrible for 17 of the last 18 seasons)