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  • AP style tips for the Super Bowl: Avoid ‘Hail Mary’
    The Lombardi Trophy at a news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    The Lombardi Trophy at a news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    If you’re covering the Super Bowl on Sunday instead of watching it (or just watching the commercials), you probably know the correct style to use for every player and play. In case you’re not a sports reporter and may end up writing about the game, the fans or the players anyway, here’s a quick look at some common football terms from the Associated Press Stylebook.

    Some football positions:

    Cornerback, defensive end, defensive tackle, fullback, halfback, left guard, linebacker, lineman, running back, quarterback, tailback, tight end and wide receiver.

    In a 2012 Super Bowl style guide, the AP advises:

    Spell out a player’s position on first reference. In follow-ups, mix in QB for quarterback, RB for running back, FB for fullback, WR for wide receiver, TE for tight end, DE for defensive end, DT for defensive tackle, LB for linebacker or CB for cornerback (though never just corner).

    Some game terms:

    Blitz, out of bounds, end line, end zone, pitchout, fair catch, place kick, field goal, play off (verb), playoff (noun, adjective), goal line, goal-line stand, halftime, handoff, kick off (v.), kickoff (noun, adjective), touchback and touchdown.

    According to the AP on phrasing: “yards passing, yards receiving, touchdowns rushing, etc. Not passing yards, receiving yards, rushing touchdowns.”

    Years vs. Roman numerals:

    Use the year the game is played.

    Except in formal reference as a literary device, pro football Super Bowls should be identified by the year – not the season – played, rather than the Roman numerals: 1969 Super Bowl, not Super Bowl III.

    Also, use figures for yardage and yard lines.

    Don’t use ‘fumblerooski:’

    Finally, from 2012, a few more distinctions:

    A field goal clears the crossbar, not the goal posts.
    Avoid “Hail Mary.” Use desperation pass instead.
    Don’t use “fumblerooski” for a strange turnover. Describe the play.
    It’s end zone, not pay dirt.
    No such thing as a “forward lateral.” A lateral is tossed sideways or backward.
    Only a quarterback gets sacked. Other ball carriers are tackled for a loss.

    AP Style tip: Sunday's Super Bowl is between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. More:

    — AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) January 30, 2015

    Related: What you can learn about video storytelling from the Budweiser Super Bowl commercial

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  • A Dutch man tried to get on air with a fake gun

    TV Newser | Associated Press

    On Thursday night, a 19-year-old Dutch man carrying a gun tried to get on the air in Hilversum, Netherlands, the Associated Press reported Friday.

    Chris Ariens wrote about the incident for TVNewser, reporting that the young man was led into an empty studio by a security guard while the rest of the NOS newsroom was evacuated. Once police arrived, they learned the gun the man was carrying was fake.

    According to the AP, the incident took the news program off the air “for the first time in 60 years.”

    NOS director Jan de Jong told his broadcaster’s radio network that he would meet with police and the local mayor in Hilversum to discuss whether security — already beefed up since the Charlie Hebdo attack — needs to be further strengthened.
    De Jong paid tribute to the security guard who led the teenager into an empty TV studio and kept speaking to him throughout the ordeal, which forced the 8 p.m. news off the air for the first time in 60 years.

    Here’s the video:

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  • Mitt Romney isn’t running, despite reports to the contrary

    Both Bloomberg and The Daily Beast reported this morning that perennial GOP hopeful Mitt Romney was making a third run for the presidency.

    Earlier in the day, Bloomberg Politics published a story by “Game Change” scribe Mark Halperin titled “Why Mitt Romney Thinks He Can Win (and Jeb Bush Can’t),” that indicated Romney would make an announcement Friday morning.

    Hours later, The Daily Beast trumpeted an exclusive on Twitter:


    — The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 30, 2015

    And then again:

    Another reason Mitt's running: Jeb is a joke in Romneyland

    — The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 30, 2015

    Before reversing itself:

    We got it wrong. Mitt Romney is not running for President.

    — The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 30, 2015

    Bloomberg followed The Daily Beast’s lead, citing its inaccurate report:


    Shortly afterward, Bloomberg reversed itself and appended the following correction:

    Correction: This story was based on an article from The Daily Beast, which contained inaccurate information. A statement released by Mitt Romney today clearly states he is not exploring a 2016 presidential bid.


    The Daily Beast has changed the headline of its original story and notes that the most recent news contradicts its earlier story. But the URL of the story remains the same:


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Wall of Distinction
The Wall of Distinction is where outstanding journalists in Central New York are permanently enshrined.The Syracuse Press Club's Wall of Distinction is located in the theater lobby of the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in downtown Syracuse.
      First proposed by SPC President Jeff Paston, the Wall of Distinction became reality during President Chris Weidman?s administration. In between, President Tracy Carmen appointed Joe Porcello, Bob Greabell, Marilyn Dietz Nicholson, and Paston to a committee to get the project going.
     With help from Onondaga County Executive Nick Pirro, the Wall was placed in the Civic Center building. The first group of inductees was installed on Dec. 4, 2000, formally kicking off the Syracuse Press Club's 50th anniversary observance. In addition to plaques honoring inductees, there is a large plaque commemorating the SPC's 50th anniversary listing the names of the Club's presidents from 1951 to 2001.
     Below are copies of the engraving on the plaques for each inductee. Click on onefor that honoree's bio.  Note we are still in the process of getting this feature up and running on  the new web site.


"Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell."--Hugo L Black, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court (Ruling that upheld the press’s right to publish the Pentagon Papers)

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Emanuel "Blair" Henderson Sr.

The Progressive Herald

Emmanuel Blair Henderson was a columnist for The Progressive Herald, an African-American newspaper in Syracuse during the 1940s and 1950s -- a time when black people weren't included as employees in mainstream media.
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