ESPN, the self proclaimed worldwide leader in sport, handed the Premier League title to Manchester City last night. It seems last night’s game between Manchester City and their city rivals Manchester United was so hyped up that even the experienced sports network got carried away.
The Manchester derby is always one of the most-talked about games and one could argue that all matches in the long run are ‘title deciders’. But this year, the build-up to the game was inflated to ridiculous levels. It was called the ‘biggest Manchester derby‘, ‘the ‘title-decider‘, and a ‘match like no other‘. It was compared to the Super Bowl and the Premier League estimated a world record audience.
Well, the cagey, somewhat boring match ended 1-0 when Vincent Kompany’s header in the added time of the first half sent City fans into a delirium and put both clubs at 83 points with two matches left to play.
As soon as the referee blew the whistle, the top story on ESPN.com’s frontpage announced that “Manchester City claimed its first first [sic] EPL title since 1968, defeating Man U thanks to Vincent Kompany’s goal…”
May be it was ESPN’s psychic powers going full throttle or may be the sports media giant got played at its own game.
ESPN quickly changed the caption to read “Manchester City, seeking its first EPL title since 1968, defeated Manchester United thanks to Vincent Kompany’s goal, the only one of the match, just before the half.”
But there is a lesson to be learnt — Don’t believe the hype.
And check your facts.
Technically, it wasn’t the “EPL” when Man City won in 1968.