I must admit I laughed out loud yesterday (Tuesday) morning when I tiredly plopped the New York Times down and starting reading the paper as I slurped down a bowl of cereal and saw the following written on the front page of the Sports section in a column by the famed NYT Times columnist William C Rhoden:
William C. Rhoden wrote:
"Normally unrestrained in heaping praise on his team, (New York Jets coach Rex) Ryan was careful with his remarks about Belichick and the Patriots. It was as if he wanted to play down the perception that a shift in power was taking place.
Too late. The shift has occurred: the Jets are in ascendancy, while New England is in retrograde, though it has nothing to do with one game, one season, injuries or upheaval."
Clearly, the column had gone to print before the game which resulted in a massacre with the final score of New England 45 - New York 3.
This morning, I wanted to see if anyone else was talking about the column online and to see what Rhodes had to say about his terrible prediction. After a little research, it turns out that the interesting thing now is that there is next to no evidence of the original column now on the NY Times website.
A column by Rhoden on the game is now online and it contains many of the same sentences as the one that appeared in print but it's got a 100% different feel to it as it's been edited it in a way that would make Stalin proud.
The column's name has even changed totally from "The Day the Patriots Empire Began to Crumble" to "Patriots’ Romp Stirs Questions, and Not Just for Jets."
You can read the 'new' column here:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/sports/football/07rhoden.html
To find the old one, you have to either have a physical copy of the old paper or you can go to the a New York Jets fan site where someone had excitedly violated copyright law and pasted the whole thing on their forum in its entirety:http://forums.theganggreen.com/showthread.php?t=61918
Read the two and you'll see they sound totally different but yet the Times says on their site only the following:
"An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Bill Bellichick has three Super Bowl rings. He has five — three with the Patriots and two with the Giants."
More discussion on this here: