There was a lot to be gleaned from Wednesday night’s anticipated release of the 2014 NFL schedule: game times, locations, dates, and so on.
For the Jacksonville Jaguars — the league’s Rodney Dangerfield — it was just another opportunity to incur disrespect from the mainstream media.
And that’s exactly what transpired, with ESPN’s SportsNation firing the first shot via Twitter.
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— SportsNation (@SportsNation) April 23, 2014
This prompted a quick rebuttal from the team.
Stay classy, @SportsNation.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) April 23, 2014
A much bigger indignity would come later on NFL.com, when the best games of Week 10 were analyzed. During that week, the Jags will “host” the Cowboys at London’s Wembley Stadium, continuing the league’s annual International Series.
With Jacksonville long rumored to be a candidate for permanent relocation across the pond, jokes were had by the site’s writer.
— Alfie (@AlfieBCC) April 24, 2014
Yes, they’re actually referred to as the “London Jaguars.” Yes, it’s incorrect; it will be the second of four games in London for the Jaguars from 2013-16, not the first of three.
NFL.com has since edited the article, removing the “London Jaguars” line. The wholly wrong statistic still remains, however, proving silly facts won’t get in the way of some old fashioned ribbing.
No respect, I tell ya.
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