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Media Vomit Coverage

Trust me, it's taken all of my self-control to only post twice about last night's vomit incident, but since I had sort of a running dialogue with the Balt Sun's Rick Maese about how high the word "vomit" or its equivalent would appear in today's postgame coverage, I figured I owed the world one media follow-up.

* Maese predicted a vomit reference would appear in the first sentence of at least one story, and he was right. Hee earns best in show (tied) for a column headlined "Loss to Va. Tech Tough to Stomach." It took him just one sentence and six words to drop his first vomit pun. I counted at least 10 sentences that referred to the incident, including this broadside plastered onto James Gist: "The guy in charge of mopping the sickness off the Comcast Center court shouldn't go home at night feeling more accomplished than Gist."

* The Washington Times comes strong as well, with the headline "Terps gag on lead in loss to Hokies," and more first-sentence sickness:

On a night that featured a delay to clean up after a player grew ill on the court, perhaps it was fitting someone ultimately would regurgitate a lead.

And yes, I stole the "regurgitate a lead" line from Patrick Stevens in my previous post, and I'm sorry. There were 10 more vomit-related sentences, including a "Seen and Smelled" bit at the end of the story, and then he follows up with a Saved by the Smell-themed blog item that includes the phrase "unfortunate reversal." Another A+.

* The Daily Press breaks out the "Hokies Show Guts" headline on its game story, which uses the phrase "remarkable intestinal fortitude" in the opening sentence. Despite only three more sentences on the incident, the Daily Press is also to be commended. B+.

* The Roanoke Times makes a mop/broom joke in the opening graf of its game story, and later has six fairly straightforward explanatory sentences. B-.

* The Collegiate Times has five sentences deep in its game story, but earns huge bonus points for the best picture of Seth Greenberg I've ever seen. C+.

* The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star's Steve DeShazo column only includes one vomit-related sentence, and it's 11 sentences in. C-.

* The Diamondback has just two sentences in its game story, but at least they're fairly high. One columnist ignored the issue entirely, as did this other columnist. So yeah, I guess I'm less mature than college journalists. D.

* The Sun's game story waits until the 22nd sentence to drop this:

Hokies coach Seth Greenberg got called for a technical foul and reserve forward Dorenzo Hudson threw up on the court, causing the game to be delayed for nearly 10 minutes as the floor was wiped and mopped.


* The Post's game story, improbably, ignores the incident completely. So did the sidebar, although author Kilgore provided me all his best vomit-related quotes, so that's understandable. No mention in the Times-Dispatch game story. Fs, all of 'em.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 21, 2008; 2:02 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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