The Organizers Of The Qatar World Cup Are Very Mad At Us

Below is an email that just popped into our inbox, from Paul Hughes, head of international media relations for Qatar's Supreme Committee of Delivery & Legacy (!). That makes him the main flack for the outfit that's overseeing the 2022 World Cup, which one international group expects to kill more people than the… » 3/24/14 6:17pm 3/24/14 6:17pm

Worst Person In America Teams Up With Worst Charity In America [UPDATE]

Every day, optimistic PR people fill our tips box with mumbo-jumbo about new sports websites, book review offers, and other pitches that usually get auto-tagged as spam and are subsequently binned. Today, though, we received the following—and it's so perfect we can't help but share it with you: » 7/16/13 6:00pm 7/16/13 6:00pm

The ESPYs Nokia PreParty Is Awesome, But Its Publicist Is Sort Of Lazy

All your favorite athletes are chillin' at the ESPYs Nokia PreParty. I hear it's awesome. Almost as awesome as this social media PR fail. First, an accidental DeSean Jackson tweet, and then a flurry of other athletes tweeting that precise line. Most of them, at least, remembered to take out the publicist's note. [USA… » 7/11/12 6:20pm 7/11/12 6:20pm

One Of Jeremy Lin's Former Unofficial Volunteer High School Coaches…

Linsanity has swept New York City. This much we know. What's harder to fathom is the origin of the term "Linsanity." The big-city tabloids would have you believe their headline writers invented the portmanteau during the last fortnight. Incorrect! The term dates to an earlier era: July 17, 2010. That's when Andrew… » 2/10/12 4:10pm 2/10/12 4:10pm

East Carolina University Will Not Abide Dong On Front Page Of Student…

Two months ago, John Sieglinger of Raleigh removed his raiment and ran across the field at halftime of the East Carolina University-Southern Miss football game. Three days after that, The East Carolinian student paper published uncensored photos of Sieglinger's Streak on its front page and its website, sparking moral… » 1/06/12 1:15pm 1/06/12 1:15pm

Reaction By Indy PR People To Their Dumb Super Bowl Shuffle Video Is…

Yesterday, we posted the impossibly lame Indy Super Bowl Shuffle video, a barely baked marketing effort by the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association. Betraying a profound ignorance of how the Internet Machine works, the ICVA last night removed the now-viral video from YouTube, where the ICVA had posted it… » 12/01/11 3:10pm 12/01/11 3:10pm

You, Bernard Berrian, Are A Walking Ball Bag, And Your Handlers Are…

So this is something. Our friends over at KSK have irked an NFL player with one of their patented satirical posts, but unlike most of their targets, this NFL player decided to fight back with hissing lawyers and dildo-burping PR ladies in a misguided effort to protect his imaginary "brand." » 10/06/11 7:55pm 10/06/11 7:55pm