From Craig Calcaterra over at Hardball Talk comes this:
After nearly a decade of hearing about the lack of civility in modern online media, allow me to be the first to chant “one of us … one of us … we accept you” at the folks behind the fun dust-up between the New York Daily News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch over Johan Santana‘s no-hitter from Friday night.
First volley:* The Post-Dispatch’s placing a large asterisk (*) on the Johan Santana no-hitter in its Saturday morning edition, pictured to the right.
Return volley:* The New York Daily News, today:
“Apparently, the Post-Dispatch couldn’t locate the asterisk key while Mark McGwire (the current Cardinals hitting coach) was swatting 220 steroid-aided home runs while a member of the Cardinals and setting bogus records in St. Louis.”
Of course the best thing about this is that, when print media is involved, it takes three days for a flame war to develop. I think Mets and Cardinals fans online had this thing argued out, hashed over and then resolved before midnight on Friday.
Perhaps the funniest part of Craig’s post, though I do love the Daily News 110%, spot on return volley, was this “update” Calcaterra posted a few hours after his piece first appeared on the web.
“*Bonus points to the NYDN I-Team Twitter feed for noting that, while it may take print media three days to have a flame war, they can at least spell, which I could not, having originally spelled it “volly.” Touche, print media. Touche.”