No, that didn’t actually happen. Wayne Rooney scored his 100th goal in the Prem against Arsenal, the second score in a horrific 3-1 shellacking of the Gooners that left me sad and nauseated, but don’t tell Sports Illustrated that.
I’m picking nits here but this carelessness is not only annoying, it also illustrates just why football will never gain a true foothold in American culture. The one medium that claims to do all it can to improve the game’s popularity in the States (and the only one with the power to do so) can’t even pull together the effort required to generate an accurate headline. And it’s not just any headline. It’s one that covers a massive accomplishment from one of the world’s best players who happens to play in one of the world’s best leagues.
Further, it was in the top stories for hours before cycling off the page, and in all that time, no one noticed. Or maybe they thought no one would notice who actually cared. Either way, it’s ridiculous.
When Kobe Bryant scored his 20,000th point against the Knicks, the headline didn’t read Celtics. When Ken Griffey Jr joined the 500 Home Run Club against the Cardinals, the headline didn’t claim it was the Cubs. I know not many people care about football in the States and the media doesn’t take it particularly seriously but have some respect. Chelsea and Arsenal have achieved too much in the world of football to be treated as interchangeable afterthoughts by some web editor who can’t be bothered to read the article to which he’s linking.