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SwingVolley93
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:34 AM
Was looking on the US open website and came across this: titled an article McFail.
Part me of thinks it's funny and part of me thinks it's rude
:shrug:

http://www.usopen.org/mobile/hi/en_US/news/articles/2012-08-28/201208281346207669581.html

Remix13
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:37 AM
Was looking on the US open website and came across this: titled an article McFail.
Part me of thinks it's funny and part of me thinks it's rude
:shrug:

http://www.usopen.org/mobile/hi/en_US/news/articles/2012-08-28/201208281346207669581.html

Oh :oh:

Maybe they read TF :lol:

GSMPrzysiezny
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:37 AM
it's one thing to do this on a tennis forum, another in tabloid press, but on usopen.org?

Pump-it-UP
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:38 AM
:spit:

Hilariously tacky.

edificio
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:40 AM
I saw that earlier tonight. It is so rude, but I couldn't figure out who to write to with my complaint. So now they are going to make rude puns out of players' names on an official sight? That's too much.

GSMPrzysiezny
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:48 AM
http://infernalcontraption.com/clients/mccarton/wordpress/

Here's the author. What a prick. Someone notify him that he is not as funny as he thinks he is.

TeamUla
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:58 AM
"comedian" :haha:
and his name - McCarton :spit:

Shvedbarilescu
Aug 29th, 2012, 08:32 AM
http://infernalcontraption.com/clients/mccarton/wordpress/

Here's the author. What a prick. Someone notify him that he is not as funny as he thinks he is.

And someone notify at least half of TennisForum and tell them they are not as funny as they think they are either.

JamieMU30
Aug 29th, 2012, 08:41 AM
:lol: The truth hurts...As Brad Gilbert and the other commentators said tonight after the match, McFail's ranking is grossly inflated...Anyone with half a brain knows McHale is not a Top player and that her game really has nowhere else to go...They even questioned her ability to do anything more than she has done which is completely correct considering she is losing matches to players like Bertens...I guarantee next year, she will plummet back to a more appropriate ranking...Always good to see McFail lose...Congrats Kiki for taking out the trash:)

Sombrerero loco
Aug 29th, 2012, 08:50 AM
everyone reads tf :lol:

Juju Nostalgique
Aug 29th, 2012, 08:54 AM
:sobbing:

GSMPrzysiezny
Aug 29th, 2012, 08:56 AM
And someone notify at least half of TennisForum and tell them they are not as funny as they think they are either.

It may be moronic on my part but I accepted long ago that anonymous internet users tend to be rude and aggressive and I'm sometimes rude myself. I expect media outlets and official websites to have different standards, but it may be so that it is all communicating vessels and that's why we observe tabloidization of everything.

:lol: The truth hurts...As Brad Gilbert and the other commentators said tonight after the match, McFail's ranking is grossly inflated...Anyone with half a brain knows McHale is not a Top player and that her game really has nowhere else to go...They even questioned her ability to do anything more than she has done which is completely correct considering she is losing matches to players like Bertens...I guarantee next year, she will plummet back to a more appropriate ranking...Always good to see McFail lose...Congrats Kiki for taking out the trash:)

It's one thing to have an opinion that someone's ranking is "grossly inflated". Subjecting someone's name to rude puns on the tournament's official website is another.

edificio
Aug 29th, 2012, 06:14 PM
They've changed the headline. Obviously, they had some complaints, as a comment below the article seems to acknowledge. I cannot even believe anyone thought that was appropriate at all. But, thankfully, it has changed. Too bad Christina is out now, though. :sad:

Dav.
Aug 29th, 2012, 06:27 PM
God, I hope someone screenshot that.

Wert.
Aug 29th, 2012, 06:38 PM
WTF :spit:

miffedmax
Aug 29th, 2012, 06:40 PM
It may be moronic on my part but I accepted long ago that anonymous internet users tend to be rude and aggressive and I'm sometimes rude myself. I expect media outlets and official websites to have different standards, but it may be so that it is all communicating vessels and that's why we observe tabloidization of everything.



It's one thing to have an opinion that someone's ranking is "grossly inflated". Subjecting someone's name to rude puns on the tournament's official website is another.

The other thing is that a lot of TF posters use even derogatory nicks for their faves as kind of endearments, or as ways to vent when we're upset when we think they underperform. I've certain called Lena D. "Demented," Wickmayer "Witchmayer", Andrea H. "Chipmunk", Azarenak "Vuvurenka", Venus "Vinas", etc. and they are some of my favorite players. And Lord knows I've made enough jokes about Jo-La's backhand.

And yes, a lot of our player nicknames are lame, or even unfathomable to people who don't follow TF. But that's part of the stupid fun of having a place like this.

But I agree that sort of name calling has no place on the US Open web site.

Raiden
Aug 29th, 2012, 06:48 PM
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-UJHmx29FQMY/UD5jwzWOzBI/AAAAAAAAHnw/AaWnog8Mqmg/s936/mcfail.png

:rolls:

Raiden
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:00 PM
I saw that earlier tonight. It is so rude, but I couldn't figure out who to write to with my complaint. So now they are going to make rude puns out of players' names on an official sight? That's too much.If you are doing it on McHale's behalf then you might as well write a letter to Gloria Allred.

That way you might get a little "thank you" cut from the compensation money Gloria would no doubt be able to squeeze out of USTA.

faboozadoo15
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:07 PM
:lol: The truth hurts...As Brad Gilbert and the other commentators said tonight after the match, McFail's ranking is grossly inflated...Anyone with half a brain knows McHale is not a Top player and that her game really has nowhere else to go...They even questioned her ability to do anything more than she has done which is completely correct considering she is losing matches to players like Bertens...I guarantee next year, she will plummet back to a more appropriate ranking...Always good to see McFail lose...Congrats Kiki for taking out the trash:)

It doesn't sound like you're biased AT ALL. :rolleyes:

FORZA SARITA
Aug 29th, 2012, 09:05 PM
Hian is such a superstar :hysteric:

Tenis Srbija
Aug 29th, 2012, 09:14 PM
everyone reads tf :lol:

It's actually true. More tennis pros hang around here then you would think :oh:

wildemu
Aug 29th, 2012, 09:21 PM
this is hilarious, and well deserved

LoLex
Aug 29th, 2012, 09:24 PM
McCarton Ackerman :spit: Are you serious

Sammo
Aug 29th, 2012, 09:25 PM
They changed the title

laurie
Aug 29th, 2012, 10:15 PM
Pretty poor judgement in the first place, it's good they changed the title, Mchale will not be happy with that.

Temperenka
Aug 29th, 2012, 10:47 PM
That's sad... poor X-tina.

Purple_Rain
Aug 30th, 2012, 02:25 AM
Disappointing to see them change the title. It was funny AND accurate.

Valanga
Aug 30th, 2012, 02:28 AM
While the nickname was funny, really, they should keep the nickname to themselves

CoryAnnAvants#1
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:39 AM
You guys realize that the writer might come up with the headline, but multiple editors had to approve it and hit "send" for it to publish. A writer can't just publish whatever they want unchecked, especially for something like the US Open tournament site.

Besides, sports headlines are supposed to be funny/kinda tacky. Seems like he's been doing this with other articles too:

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2012-08-27/201208271346084022421.html?promo=relatedcontent
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2012-08-28/201208281346183398145.html?promo=relatedcontent

Pops Maellard
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:51 AM
:sobbing:.

tennis-insomniac
Aug 30th, 2012, 06:14 AM
The other day I was talking about Xtina with my sister and made fun of her by calling Xtina in the TF nickname, McFail. She was hysterically laughing. It was kinda catchy too, tbh :lol:

But yeah while it is fun to use it when talking with friends or playing in the webboard, publishing it in the official page of USO with thousands of people reading it everyday is kind of mean and inappropriate.

Although I'm glad someone has screencapped it :oh:

BlueTrees
Aug 30th, 2012, 07:59 AM
Well I'm not going to be a hypocrite because I alter the names of players I hate...but still, to do this publicly on the official US Open website with your name posted below it? That's just stupid.

That'd like having a headline of "Overrated Oudin Sucks and loses First Round". There's not much of a problem posting stuff like that on TF but to do it publicly on the official tournamet website is a bit too much. Glad it got edited out. :yeah:

tennisbuddy12
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:08 AM
McCarton's a poster on here who has an amazing opportunity at the USO. I won't say his username though, he would've admitted it by now. ;)

melodynelson
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:19 AM
"returns to scene of the climb" is pretty amazing, actually.

FORZA SARITA
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:21 AM
McCarton's a poster on here who has an amazing opportunity at the USO. I won't say his username though, he would've admitted it by now. ;)

NID :lol:

Peggy Mitchell
Aug 30th, 2012, 09:28 AM
Accurate title.

xzchief
Aug 30th, 2012, 12:40 PM
If she didn't fail, she wouldn't be called McFail.

laurie
Aug 30th, 2012, 12:58 PM
You guys realize that the writer might come up with the headline, but multiple editors had to approve it and hit "send" for it to publish. A writer can't just publish whatever they want unchecked, especially for something like the US Open tournament site.

Besides, sports headlines are supposed to be funny/kinda tacky. Seems like he's been doing this with other articles too:

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2012-08-27/201208271346084022421.html?promo=relatedcontent
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2012-08-28/201208281346183398145.html?promo=relatedcontent

I saw the Stosur headline yesterday, at first I was slightly baffled.

It gives me an impression of trying too hard to be cool and hip. Don't expect to see that kind of headline on an official site like the US Open.

Shivank17
Aug 30th, 2012, 01:00 PM
Its actually a disgrace that someone can do that on the official site of a slam. :facepalm:

chingching
Aug 30th, 2012, 01:08 PM
So American...

CoryAnnAvants#1
Aug 30th, 2012, 01:35 PM
I saw the Stosur headline yesterday, at first I was slightly baffled.

It gives me an impression of trying too hard to be cool and hip. Don't expect to see that kind of headline on an official site like the US Open.

I might as well just go ahead and admit it: I wrote the headline. That's my article.

Because the match reports more or less look the same across the board, having attention grabbing headlines is essential to draw people in. Stosur spreads Vegemite is going to draw way more people in than "Stosur prevails in opener."

Having articles go live is obviously more of a process than my writing something and clicking "send." Readers obviously didn't like McFail. It wasn't the first headline the tournament has ever had to edit due to negative feedback and it likely won't be the last. I still stand by it.

tennisfan146
Aug 30th, 2012, 01:36 PM
It's really rude to do something like that in my opinion.

Raiden
Aug 30th, 2012, 01:42 PM
McCarton's a poster on here who has an amazing opportunity at the USO.Yes, he himself was of course the first poster (http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=22102927&postcount=32) to mention it here on TF, ahead of this thread, thank you very much :cool:

I won't say his username though, he would've admitted it by now. ;)Tut tut - yer a bit late on your alibi delivery (he has already admitted that - 5 times (http://www.tennisforum.com/search.php?searchid=2299543) no less :lol:

Raiden
Aug 30th, 2012, 01:43 PM
You guys realize that the writer might come up with the headline, but multiple editors had to approve it and hit "send" for it to publish.Well evidently you bosses are cut from the same cloth as you are, CoryAnnAvants number one, a.k.a. McCarton Ackerman :wavey: :rolls:

As to the subject matter, of course there is no real prior editorial vetting at USOpen dot org. You are obviously in what can be called a "self regulating" environment, meaning the USTA regards it's web activity as merely an info sign / help activity, and not real journalism (like the way a newspaper or a journal is obliged to regard by law). I don't think the USTA wants to spend a cent on a "USO.org editorial board" where things are submitted for approval prior to publication. A system whereby articles are retroactively reedited in case of complaints, will do the job cheaply ;)

BlueTrees
Aug 30th, 2012, 01:48 PM
I might as well just go ahead and admit it: I wrote the headline. That's my article.

Because the match reports more or less look the same across the board, having attention grabbing headlines is essential to draw people in. Stosur spreads Vegemite is going to draw way more people in than "Stosur prevails in opener."

Having articles go live is obviously more of a process than my writing something and clicking "send." Readers obviously didn't like McFail. It wasn't the first headline the tournament has ever had to edit due to negative feedback and it likely won't be the last. I still stand by it.
Riiiiiiight. I'd really like to see how you'd feel about people making fun of your name and posting it as an article on an official Grand Slam website when they probably already feel crap enough after losing.

I suppose you also think it'd be appropriate to have some sort of headlines like "Sharapova Exterminates Ratwanska" or "Parmentier Ousts Evil Witchmayer"? :yawn:

Julian.
Aug 30th, 2012, 01:57 PM
They changed the title back to normal :spit:

GSMPrzysiezny
Aug 30th, 2012, 02:28 PM
I might as well just go ahead and admit it: I wrote the headline. That's my article.

Because the match reports more or less look the same across the board, having attention grabbing headlines is essential to draw people in. Stosur spreads Vegemite is going to draw way more people in than "Stosur prevails in opener."

Having articles go live is obviously more of a process than my writing something and clicking "send." Readers obviously didn't like McFail. It wasn't the first headline the tournament has ever had to edit due to negative feedback and it likely won't be the last. I still stand by it.

McFarton Fuckerman,

there is a difference between the Kerber headline (quite clever) and the McFail one (plain disrespectful).

@danieln1
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:05 PM
Another gem from CoryAnn:
http://www.usopen.org/mobile/hi/en_US/news/articles/2012-08-30/201208301346344661406.html
Plenty of Ajdes, winners.from.Ivanovic

The moment I saw the headline I knew it.would be him :lol:

Keep up the good work, well written articles and much more fun than the usual x trashes y to advance

Valanga
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:11 PM
I might as well just go ahead and admit it: I wrote the headline. That's my article.

Because the match reports more or less look the same across the board, having attention grabbing headlines is essential to draw people in. Stosur spreads Vegemite is going to draw way more people in than "Stosur prevails in opener."

Having articles go live is obviously more of a process than my writing something and clicking "send." Readers obviously didn't like McFail. It wasn't the first headline the tournament has ever had to edit due to negative feedback and it likely won't be the last. I still stand by it.

didn't you just throw objectivity out the window by using the nickname McFail on the official website?

Purple_Rain
Aug 30th, 2012, 10:12 PM
I might as well just go ahead and admit it: I wrote the headline. That's my article.

Because the match reports more or less look the same across the board, having attention grabbing headlines is essential to draw people in. Stosur spreads Vegemite is going to draw way more people in than "Stosur prevails in opener."

Having articles go live is obviously more of a process than my writing something and clicking "send." Readers obviously didn't like McFail. It wasn't the first headline the tournament has ever had to edit due to negative feedback and it likely won't be the last. I still stand by it.

If you are the actual writer, keep it up. In addition to generating hits, headline writing is about being clever, concise and accurate, and you accomplished all three. Better yet, you did it on the tournament's official site, which I would expect to try to spin the story in the American's favor. But I guess that's what people want. :shrug:

edificio
Aug 30th, 2012, 10:16 PM
You guys realize that the writer might come up with the headline, but multiple editors had to approve it and hit "send" for it to publish. A writer can't just publish whatever they want unchecked, especially for something like the US Open tournament site.

Besides, sports headlines are supposed to be funny/kinda tacky. Seems like he's been doing this with other articles too:

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2012-08-27/201208271346084022421.html?promo=relatedcontent
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2012-08-28/201208281346183398145.html?promo=relatedcontent

I don't agree. They are meant to get you to read the article, not to recoil at the cruelty of the headline writer, unless perhaps you are writing for a Murdoch rag.

In any case, I don't see how a mature adult can condone cruelly mocking the players in match report articles on the U.S. Open's own Web site. The headline was juvenile, much like Tennis Forum.

Purple_Rain
Aug 30th, 2012, 10:20 PM
I don't agree. They are meant to get you to read the article, not to recoil at the cruelty of the headline writer, unless perhaps you are writing for a Murdoch rag.

In any case, I don't see how a mature adult can condone cruelly mocking the players in match report articles on the U.S. Open's own Web site. The headline was juvenile, much like Tennis Forum.

1. It's not mocking. It's concise, catchy writing. McHale + failed performance = McFail.
2. What does it matter that the U.S. Open's own website reported it? Do you want news to be objective or pro-American?

fantic
Aug 30th, 2012, 10:32 PM
Are British journalist harsh like that to British players like Murray?

Whitehead's Boy
Sep 8th, 2012, 03:39 PM
Got the attention of Wertheim, good job Bradshaw#1. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20120902/us-open-midterm-grades/index.html

No wonder why real journalists are pissed off when there is no longer any difference between a real article and a blog entry or tennisforum thread. What's next: "GOAT SEWTA Vulture Agatha back in Poland already!!1"?