Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Some clown from AP Sports put his entire rolodex in a story and sent it out ... Someone is handing him a brightly colored pink slip as we speak. So many good names... can't wait to drunk dial Steinbrenner & Bush
Alfano, Pete (ATP)
Allen Doug (NFLPA)
Armato Leonard (agent for Shaq, atty for Kareem)
Atlanta Organizing Committee (Bob Brennan)
Origins: We've truncated the list to the 'A' entries and removed the phone numbers in the example reproduced above, but it is a real excerpt from an Associated Press dispatch inadvertently sent out to newspaper sports departments on
The transmission of the list was soon followed by a second dispatch advising recipients to "Disregard" the previous dispatch.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
Said Times Sports Editor Bill Dwyre: "Knowing [AP sports editor] Terry Taylor, there's going to be an opening in her department."
Stewart, Larry. "Morning Briefing." Los Angeles Times. 8 January 2004.