Friday, October 24, 2008


Flagged by the estimable ndugan over at Testy Copyeds, a candidate for Stupidest Story in the History of Wire Services. Take it away, AP:

A heavenly result for Devil-less Tampa Bay Rays
Devil ... be gone!

For 10 years, they were a lousy team with a fiendish nickname: the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Then the club exorcised the "Devil" from its name, and suddenly Tampa Bay is in the World Series.

Was it the hitting, the pitching, the coaching - or the hand of God?

The AP's been getting a lot of stick lately over its fees and other policies (Doug in the Lesser Carolina is a strict and regular chronicler). Maybe if we all just send in some extra money, the AP will stop putting this sort of thing on the wire.

Of course, AP membership doesn't carry any obligation to run AP stories, either the good ones or the amazingly dumb ones. So for the 118 of you whose ill judgment provided the Google hits available at this glance -- embarrassed yet? If not, keep trying.


Blogger Old Word Wolf said...

Jon Stewart started this line as a joke the night they won. I think the AP writer picked up his material.

8:57 AM, October 25, 2008  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

And yet Jesus didn't help the Rockies. God must be an AL fan.

10:10 AM, October 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If God loves the AL, does he love the DH?

11:26 AM, October 26, 2008  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

See, now, there's where I have trouble with it. How could he?

He's probably a soccer fan... Or hockey. Maybe hockey.

11:28 AM, October 26, 2008  

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