You thought Lance Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles for systematic doping? Wrong -- at least according to the front page of today's Denver Post.
A caption on an Armstrong pic reveals that he was actually punished for "systematic hoping" -- something a lot of us are guilty of, frankly. See it below.
Here's a scan focusing on the portion of the article featuring the Armstrong snap, as seen from just below the fold, with the caption in question appearing on the last line....
...and here's a closer look at an excerpt from the line, which reads, "Lance Armstrong, cycling's dominant figure for years, was stricken from the Tour de France record books this week after damning testimony about systematic hoping during his career:"
Of course, every journalist makes typographical errors, including yours truly. But the Post has been under increased scrutiny on this score since earlier in the year, when the paper's copy desk was eliminated in a newsroom restructuring. Gallow's humor was in evidence at the June goodbye party for the eleven copy editors who eventually left the paper after accepting a severance package. This cake was created for the occasion.
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In the months since the change, what has the Post done to prevent mistakes like the one on today's front page? Critics of the move probably think the paper has engaged in systematic hoping....
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