Media bias

Media bias
March 30, 2011, 9:42 pm
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By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Poor Dave Lubeski.

His George Washington University sports-information office is being criticized for the baseball recap he published on GWSports.com:

"Strong Pitching By GW Not Enough In 2-0 Loss To No. 1 Virginia"

The story starts as you would expect it to, commending the Colonials for their strong effort and ruing the loss.

Yeah, okay, Virginia won because pitcher Will Roberts threw the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I baseball since 1957. Oh, they mentioned it; they just waited until the seventh paragraph.

But they were writing for the GWU crowd. What did they care that some guy on the other team had a great game? Perfectly legitimate way to cover the story.

In fact, I'm surprised hometown newspapers haven't done it before:

March 2, 1962
WARRIORS OUTLAST OFFENSIVE OUTPOURING BY KNICKS

HERSHEY, PA -- Together, they formed a triumverate of tenacity. They were a three-headed scoring monster.

The Knicks got 31 points from Willie Naulis, 33 from Cleveland Buckner and 39 from Richie Guerin in one of the team's most impressive offensive outings of the season.

But the effort wasn't quite enough.

New York lost 169-147 to the Philadelphia Warriors on Friday night.

Guerin took the loss especially hard.

"...that game was not played as it should have been played. The second half was a travesty. ...I always felt very bad about that game. I got so sick of it that I intentionally fouled out.

Dave Budd and Donnie Butcher chipped in with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Wilt Chamberlain led the Warriors with 100 points.

February 7, 1976
BRUINS SCORE FOUR IN TOUGH TORONTO LOSS

TORONTO, CANADA -- Bruins coach Don Cherry may be under fire after Boston's 11-4 loss to the reeling Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The loss snapped Boston's seven-game win streak.

Cherry left goalie Dave Reece in for the entire game despite the fact that Gerry Cheevers has returned from his WHA stint and was available. Though there's no certainty that Cheevers could have stopped the bleeding, Cherry's decision to leave Reece out to dry is questionable.

The coach said he was "saving" Cheevers for Sunday's home tilt versus Detroit.

The lone bright spot for Boston may be the fact that the Bobby Schmautz, Johnny Bucyk and Jean Ratelle line continues to be productive. Ratelle lead the Bruins in scoring with two goals and two helpers. Bobby Schmautz also had four points (1 G, 3 A) and Bucyk had one of each.

Darryl Sittler collected two assists in the first period for Toronto. He finished the game with 10 points (4 G, 6 A).

April 20, 1986
MARINERS CAN'T HOLD 7TH-INNING LEAD, FALL 3-1 TO SOX

BOSTON, MA -- The Mariners let the Sox off the hook on Tuesday night.

Mike Moore had pitched brilliantly, blanking Boston through six. When his teammates got a run past Red Sox hurler Roger Clemens before the stretch, he was in prime position for the shutout and the win.

This one got away.

Instead, Clemens got the win and Seattle lefty Matt Young got the ball from Moore. Young and Karl Best got the last two outs of the 8th, but the damage was already done. The Mariners could not score again.

Dwight Evans had two home runs for the Red Sox, including a 2-on, 2-out dinger in the bottom of the 7th.

Clemens gave up three hits in the game. He recorded zero walks and 20 strikeouts.

UPDATE: Dave Lubeski did not write the story in question, as the original story stated. We've updated it, and apologize for the error.

Mary Paoletti can be reached at mpaoletti@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Mary on Twitter at http:twitter.comMary_Paoletti