As journalists, we all make mistakes. But even with age and experience and success, they never become easier to digest. And they never leave us. Dammit.
A few years ago I wrote a piece on the best uniforms in Chicago sports history. I quadruple-checked *every* fact and detail in that 1,000-word story. I turned it in, and sure enough my editor says, "... The Cubs' patch you mentioned is on the left sleeve, not the right."
Thankfully it was spotted and fixed in time. Obviously not the biggest mistake, but each error does chip away at your credibility (and a major error ruins it entirely). And this shows that no matter how thorough you are, mistakes do happen sometimes.
Thanks for that Bum Philips article. So great. I remember Dante as a Raider for a season but didn’t have any recollection of Kenny the Snake as an Oiler even though he was their starter for the next two years.