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VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 23:  Kyle Wellwood #42 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates a goal in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in their game against the Los Angeles Kings during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs at General Motors Place on April 22, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  Vancouver won 7-2. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Put yourself, for a moment, in the shoes of whoever updates the sports page over at NBCChicago.com.  You’ve just come across this blog post at Hockey Independent, featuring a Facebook feed where Kyle Wellwood invites players on a “pizza crawl,” Martin Brodeur responds that he can “eat [Wellwood] under the table," Ken Hitchcock asks about mozza sticks and Keith Tkachuk talks about how he’s printed up t-shirts for the occasion.

 

After the Facebook feed, the article closes with this:

 

As of press time the Canucks had not disclosed what punishment the two players would face but sources tell us that both will be confined to their hotel rooms and have their minibar privileges suspended.

 

Let’s put it this way: alarm bells should be going off that this may not be an actual news story.

 

There would be any number of ways to check those alarm bells; for instance, one could look at the story’s tags, which include terms like “fatties” and “satire.”  If that wasn’t enough, the author’s biography includes this line: “You probably shouldn’t trust what he says, although it’s cool to lend him money, he’s totally good for it.”

 

Delightfully, however, none of these basic checks were made, or somebody just felt like making his boss look stupid, because NBC Chicago tossed up this (since removed) article.

 

Glove-tap to Puck Daddy for this story.