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ESPN is doo doo July 28, 2010

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in War on ESPN.

You’d think Disney could pay for a competent copy editor. You’d be wrong. There are at least eight dangling modifiers in this article. I’ve bolded the implicit subject of the modifying clause.

After a respectable World Cup campaign, Martino’s contract expired

Martino’s contract had a respectable World Cup campaign?

After a shock win over Spain, defeat to Chile and a limp goalless draw with Honduras, opinion will be well and truly divided on his future.

Opinion beat Spain, lost to Chile and drew with Honduras?

Unpopular before the tournament, anything but bringing the trophy back to Brazil would’ve been a failure for Dunga.

The most egregious and obvious. Here’s the very next sentence

After their quarter-final exit at the hands of Netherlands, the writing was on the wall for the Seleção’s former captain.

I thought the Netherlands beat Brazil in the quarters, not “the writing.”

Publicly criticised by Socceroos’ striker Josh Kennedy, his reign has ended on a sour note

Kennedy criticized Verbeek, not his reign, no?

Combined with Cristiano Ronaldo’s South Africa no-show, Queiroz will be lucky to get a second chance

Cristiano’s no-show could be given a second chance?

having moulded the Stars and Stripes into a respected unit, fans will be hoping his new challenge is qualification for Brazil 2014.

If fans molded the Stars and Stripes into a respected unit, why would it matter Bob Bradley is leaving?

North Korea lost all three of their games in South Africa, although having been grouped with Brazil, Portugal and Ivory Coast this was hardly surprising.

The fourth team in Group E was “North Korea lost all three of their games in South Africa,” evidently.

And this doesn’t include questionable metonymic references to coaches who “finished bottom of the group.”

Anyway, I declare a war of words on ESPN.



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