We took a puck in the gut this morning when we published the wrong editorial about the Tampa Bay Lightning, who won the Stanley Cup final on Monday night.
We apologize to the team and to the fans for our terrible error. And we apologize to our colleagues at the newspaper, who got it right in every other way.
In advance of the final, we had prepared two editorials, one for either outcome. When we saw that the Lightning had won, we placed the proper editorial on the computerized page, printed it out and eliminated the other version. Still, somehow, the other version appeared on the page. We are checking our systems to ensure we learn from our mistake.
It is so important to us to get it right. And today we failed you. We extend our heartfelt apologies.
It happens. And we're only laughing because we won and they got it wrong. Had we lost and the paper lauded the Stanley Cup Champion Lightning, now THAT would have stung. As it is, though, it only makes today's paper more collectible.
Not to be nitpicky, Chad, but it was the NY Post that erred last fall. The NY Times would NEVER commit an error of that scope, either production-wise or editorially, would they?