In the frenetic atmosphere that no doubt a constant when trying to put together a live telecast in the manner in which SportsCenter does night after night, mistakes invariably will be made. From verbal gaffes, running the wrong clip to in this case, an amusing error from the graphics department, minor errors should be accepted as part and parcel of the breakneck speed that things are put together. In fact, it’s surprising it doesn’t occur even more often.
But two mistakes involving Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose on one night? That ain’t good.
As you can see above, Rose’s headshot was used in a graphic about NHL owners related to the impending lockout — a mind-blowing development in its own right that ESPN is even covering the NHL, but that’s another story — and later, Rose’s mug was seen in a graphic about the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game on Thursday night:
Not good. But humorous. And again, it’s surprising screw-ups like this don’t happen on a more consistent basis. They are human, after all. Or has ESPN started using cyborgs yet? If so, I’m not liking where this is headed. I’m not sure why I feel that way, but I do. Hmm.