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Most insensitive headline of the day:(9 posts)

Most insensitive headline of the day:MXL02
Jul 14, 2003 12:51 PM
Maybe this isn't as big a deal to others, but I just found this headline to be a little cold and one-sided.

http://sports.yahoo.com/sc/news?slug=afp-cycling_fra_tour_beloki&prov=afp&type=lgns

As much as I and many Americans want LA to win his fifth, if it does happen it will be bittersweet to not have Beloki giving him a run for his money in the Pyrenees and the ITT. I have to believe that most true cycling fans truly lament such horrible exit from this year's tour for Beloki, no matter who they want to win.
I don't know,TJeanloz
Jul 14, 2003 12:55 PM
It's entirely accurate - it is a stroke of luck that Beloki is now out of the race. I'm not sure what they could write that would better serve the story. Like it our not, the Tour is all about Lance (and not just in the US). Lance owns the Tour until somebody else emerges.
Of course it's accurate...MXL02
Jul 14, 2003 1:05 PM
I just don't think it's the proper perspective to view the accident...LA would certainly win if
b everybody
crashed out of the race, but I don't think he or the rest of the cycling world would be very satisfied or happy with 100th TdF like that. Lance is definitely the man to beat, but I'm sure he would rather have beaten Beloki head to head than to have him taken out by such a tragedy.
It's not accurate.Spoiler
Jul 14, 2003 2:04 PM
There were millions of better headlines that would let the reader know what the story is about and grabs attention, without associating Beloki's shattered dreams and bones with luck. Does this mean that if Beloki was able to pull a Tyler and keep racing, Armstrong was "unlucky?"

The crash wasn't "luck". It was about road conditions. Lance avoiding the crash wasn't "luck". It was good bike handling and an absence of panic. So what's "lucky"? The fact that the crash hurt Beloki enough to make him withdraw?

Luck would have come into the picture if Lance had found a four-leaf clover while cyclocrossing.

You know the Tour isn't all about Lance. Maybe it's "mainly" about him, but this year, it's also about Tyler, French riders and teams trying to make an impression, young riders showing promise for next year's Tour, Virenque's regaining the mountain's jersey, the battle between Robbie, Cooke, Zabel etc in the sprints, and this tour in particular is about Lance's challengers.
I agree totaly...nmPhatMatt
Jul 14, 2003 12:55 PM
I think youre reading it wrongcollinsc
Jul 14, 2003 4:28 PM
Which isnt to say it isnt a terrible headline (a headline that can be interpreted multiple ways is no good)

Lance did have a stroke of luck. He DIDNT crash. Not when Beloki went down in front of him. Not when he hit the field. Not when cyclocrossing it down the hill side.

This is how I would like to read the headline. Reading the first paragraph, however, makes me realize that yours was the authors intended interpretation.
wtf are you doing reading Yahoo! Sports news anyway. Do you watch CBS too?
"Beloki Bids Farewell As 'Vino' Moves Forward"Spoiler
Jul 14, 2003 5:30 PM
That would be an example of a softer headline that tells the story
http://www.letour.fr/2003/us/index.html
I'd say that's misleading...TJeanloz
Jul 15, 2003 5:58 AM
"Bids farewell" implies that Beloki had some kind of choice and chose to say goodbye to the Tour. I'd have liked something like:

"Beloki Crashes Out; Vinokourov Gains Time on Rival"
that sounds better. I might change rival to rivals. nmSpoiler
Jul 16, 2003 9:08 PM
"Bids Farewell" sounds a bit flowery. Howling in pain isn't his strange way of waving goodbye.