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Very unfortunate headline
Tired Gay succumbs to Dix in 200 meters
EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix edged out Tyson Gay in the former world champion’s hotly-anticipated return to the 200 meters at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Saturday.
Not a sports fan, nor a regular Reuters reader. But I have to ask, after a hot day in NYC watching stupid reporters actually trying to fry an egg on the sidewalk, why are you not better or smarter than them?
Don’t try to pretend that some copywriter didn’t go and have a few drinks after this one was published. My redneck friends cant stop sending this one to everyone they know. I see, plainly, the juvenile humor in your headline.
This was a most unfortunate headline, and obviously lots of people saw it.
Part of Reuters editorial training is to watch out for double-entendres and anything that could be perceived as sexual innuendo. In this case, a busy editor changed a headline to fit the space available and failed to spot a fairly obvious problem: GBU Editor
Walter Dix (R) of the U.S. crosses the finish line ahead of compatriot Tyson Gay (L) to win the men’s 200 meters at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League track meet in Eugene, Oregon July 3, 2010. REUTERS/Steve Dykes