Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Shock waves

I've been swept in by March Madness, so please forgive the absence. And root for the Wichita State Shockers.

When I came into work Saturday after the Shockers' upset win over Tennessee, a colleague noted that the headline were easy to predict. He was right:
SHOCK AND AWE! Wichita State downs Tennessee
Shockers shock Tennessee
Shockers continue to shock
Another shocker by Wichita St.
SHOCK THERAPY Wichita State triumph gives Valley-dation
No. 2 seed Vols get Shock(ers) treatment

The LA Times tried to mix it up a bit with Shockers Do Just That by Beating Tennessee, 80-73. But they didn't quite pull it off. Shouldn't that be "Shockers Are Just That After Beating Tennessee"? The New York Times took a similar tack, but its headline makes sense: The Shockers Live Up to Their Name.

The New York Daily News eschewed the shock altogether. I can't say the results are any better, but at least it's different: Every 'Wich' way but lose


At 10:16 PM, March 21, 2006, Blogger Bill said...

A pyrrhic victory, eh?

At 3:18 PM, March 22, 2006, Blogger Nicole said...

Yes, proving that there are worse errors than cliches.

At 10:13 PM, March 27, 2006, Anonymous KK said...

This was interesting, because in Australia, being (or having) a shocker is a bad thing. "He's having a shocker" means "He's having a shockingly bad day". There's even rhyming slang for it, associated with the singer Barry Crocker. "It was a bit of a Barry." Calling a team the Shockers would be self-deprecating humour.

At 3:51 PM, April 05, 2006, Anonymous JIm Lexa, Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News said...

I was shocked and amazed that our Wichita State grad on the sports copy desk made it through his shifts during the Shockers' first- and second-round playoff games. (He took off for the Sweet 16 game.)


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