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… » 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

A Graphic Guide To Understanding USA Today's Purchase Of The Big Lead

The old new paradigm got a piece of a newer paradigm this week, as once-revolutionary USA Today acquired the Big Lead. What does this mean? Blog posts slipped under your hotel-room door? We pulled some numbers from the press release to illustrate how it all might fit together. » 1/27/12 3:59pm 1/27/12 3:59pm

We Are All Dave McKenna LXVII

Here's your daily link to Dave McKenna's brilliant "Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder," which we'll be posting until Daniel Snyder's dumbass libel suit is decomposing in the bog. » 4/11/11 6:35pm 4/11/11 6:35pm

Intern Horrors: Destroying A Bathroom At America's Crappiest Newspaper

Welcome to Intern Horrors, the weekly feature wherein interns and the people who exploit them write in to complain about each other (or confess their own sins). This week: befouling USA Today's bathrooms, our most boorish intern yet, and more. » 6/28/10 3:30pm 6/28/10 3:30pm

Incorrect Report On Baseball Salaries Drives Country Into A Tizzy

Everyone breathlessly re-published USA Today's annual salary survey, with the shocking news that the average salary is down 17 percent from 2009. In actuality, average salaries are up from last season. Whoopsie. » 4/05/10 3:05pm 4/05/10 3:05pm

The House of Mirrors That is the Mind of Barry Bonds

What would we see if we could step into the mind of Barry Bonds? The Mad Hatter would be hosting a tea party in there, certainly. Posters of Gilbert Gottfried and Prof. Irwin Corey on every wall. Fantastic creatures would abound — animals not found in nature, such as a spiny jackrabbit, and a half-man, half-kangaroo.… » 2/20/06 9:20am 2/20/06 9:20am

USA Today Keeps Its Finger On The Pulse

Lots of hot topics in sports news these days: Steroids. Amphetamines. Racism in the NBA. That thing on Scoop Jackson's lip. But USA Today is keeping us abreast of the hot issues: Native American mascots! The nation's best-selling hotel doormat rips the lid off the Massive, Late-Breaking Controversy. Apparently — get… » 5/16/05 4:25pm 5/16/05 4:25pm