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TBS Ripken gaffe casts pall over otherwise strong telecast of Orioles victory

TBS Ripken gaffe casts pall over otherwise strong telecast of Orioles victory

This is the kind of thing they used to teach in journalism school and I wish they still did: The way one careless mistake can diminish an otherwise strong performance and bring embarrassment instead of praise. That's the story of TBS's coverage of the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers in a one-game wildcard showdown Friday. The mistake: a graphic identifying analyst Cal Ripken, Jr. as "Carl Ripken, Jr." as seen in the screenshot accompanying this review. At playoff time, as the announcers and analysts on TBS told viewers over and over Friday, everybody raises their games. Everybody except the crew members responsible for the ID on Ripken, that is. ...

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