NBC's Fake USA Today Pages Actually Text From The Chicago Sun-Times

You may have noticed NBC running these stupid, horribly-Photoshopped USA Today pages on their sports broadcasts recently. The mockups were inane enough before we realized the text was plagiarized from a Chicago Sun-Times article about this year's Notre Dame-Michigan football game. » 6/13/13 4:30pm 6/13/13 4:30pm

Al Neuharth's Scant Positive Journalistic Contributions Were To Sports

Al Neuharth’s obituary in the New York Times was notable as much for what it did say as what it didn’t. What it did say: The founder of USA Today and driving force behind Gannett’s dubious rise to “a communications Leviathan” profoundly changed the newspaper industry. What it didn’t say: Anything much nice. » 4/20/13 9:34pm 4/20/13 9:34pm

Chris Culliver Was Asked Almost 100 Questions Today About His…

The past week in sports has been so gay! We've had Manti Te'o saying he's "far from" gay last Thursday; we've had Ronaiah Tuiasosopo claiming he's trying to recover from his gayness (good luck with that, champ); we've had that SI photo of the two 49ers fan-dudes making out at a gay bar; we've had an ex-49er being… » 1/31/13 5:59pm 1/31/13 5:59pm

USA Today Just Couldn't Wait To Troll Braves Fans And Everyone Else…

Like the call that handed the Seahawks the win over the Packers two Mondays ago, the ruling in the Braves-Cardinals death match was complex enough to trip up the layman. The call on Golden Tate's "touchdown" could, if you squinted, have been justified based on a slippery understanding of the concept of the "simultaneous… » 10/06/12 9:15am 10/06/12 9:15am

Lane Kiffin Somehow Has Too Much Integrity For The Coaches' Poll

Earlier this month, the results of the first Coaches' Poll were released. No surprises—LSU first, Alabama second, USC third. In the preseason, the poll is useless except as a talking point, and anonymous unless a coach wants to volunteer that information. Arizona's Rich Rodriguez didn't mind, admitting that he had USC… » 8/13/12 11:00am 8/13/12 11:00am

Photo Without Commentary: Two Canadian Dudes At The Olympic Village

Here's a photo of two dudes being dudes at the Canadian part of the Olympic Village that was just uploaded to USA Today's Pinterest board. And here's a photo of just one of the dudes before the other one came by to grab a look outside. There is no back story. » 7/24/12 3:01pm 7/24/12 3:01pm

Is USA Today's Veteran Gambling Guy Buying Twitter Followers?

Remember our old friend Sarah Phillips, the internet huckster and former ESPN columnist? One of her many tricks, we learned, was to buy followers on Twitter—a new scheme for a new era. The more followers you have, the more influence you can claim to have. In a monetized social-media landscape, the Twitter follower… » 6/29/12 9:30am 6/29/12 9:30am