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McNabb trade hoax forces media to chase phony rumor

NFL_mcnabb1_250.jpgThroughout the day, we’ve received from multiple readers a link to an ESPN.com report that the Eagles have traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the 49ers.

The story clearly is a hoax.  For starters, the URL isn’t an “ESPN.com” address, even though the address resolves to what looks to be an ESPN.com page.

Then there’s the fact that the person who wrote the thing misspelled McNabb’s first name (“Donavon”) four times. 

Finally, the “add your comment link” goes to a story about Mike Vick.

The phony link, which we won’t paste into this story because we’re not interested in driving traffic to the site that’s hosting it, has duped some members of the media into chasing the story, and we’re told that the 49ers already have issued a denial in response to inquiries from the press.

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41 Responses to “McNabb trade hoax forces media to chase phony rumor”
  1. Bob S. says: Mar 10, 2010 5:56 PM

    must be the guy who called sportscenter and said he was westbrook

  2. im_not_lion says: Mar 10, 2010 5:59 PM

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  3. Dolphan says: Mar 10, 2010 5:59 PM

    that and I am sure ESPN puts periods at the end of paragraphs…(ex. paragraph 1.)

  4. DolphinDan says: Mar 10, 2010 6:01 PM

    They misspelled donovan 4 times ? Must have been a Yahoo Sports writer. Probably Mark J Miller. Maybe not though, They steal most of their rumors from here and post them the next day.

  5. hizzle1281 says: Mar 10, 2010 6:02 PM

    hahaha

  6. emdub52 says: Mar 10, 2010 6:02 PM

    Thank you Florio,
    I appreciate you clearing that up for me. I will not say another bad word about you… Until tomorrow.

  7. thunderdog says: Mar 10, 2010 6:03 PM

    C’mon, people. Read the URL. Be educated consumers of news. And I guess even the writers of news need to be educated consumers of news.

  8. FrankfordYellowJackets says: Mar 10, 2010 6:03 PM

    So why are you telling us?

  9. Eagles247 says: Mar 10, 2010 6:03 PM

    If I try to leave a comment here, will I be redirected to a Michael Vick article?

  10. Packerslayer says: Mar 10, 2010 6:05 PM

    It has to be true- it’s on the internet.

  11. pvtsquiffy says: Mar 10, 2010 6:05 PM

    They also misspelled San Francisco in the header… That article had hoax written all over it.

  12. FalconDevil says: Mar 10, 2010 6:05 PM

    Props for not jumping the gun

  13. this class sucks says: Mar 10, 2010 6:07 PM

    nooooo i was so excited for a brief moment.

  14. Danny N. says: Mar 10, 2010 6:07 PM

    Oh Florio, don’t act like you didn’t look into it too. You’re a much bigger rumor monger than anyone else, so don’t act for a SECOND that you have not only chased a false rumor, but made up your own.

  15. theMadStork says: Mar 10, 2010 6:09 PM

    the Westbrook call was Capt. Jenks, a regular caller into the Howard Stern show and a professional phony phone caller.
    This McNabb thing is out of his spectrum

  16. John Spagnola says: Mar 10, 2010 6:10 PM

    Good, the media has fans chasing garbage all the time. I love the move.

  17. robesi says: Mar 10, 2010 6:11 PM

    Of course, this really wouldn’t be an issue if true journalists still existed.
    Instead, we have “reputable” news agencies simply reporting whatever they hear…bogus or not.

  18. phillychi says: Mar 10, 2010 6:12 PM

    And the person that “wrote” the articles spelled San Francisco wrong.

  19. Snowplow says: Mar 10, 2010 6:12 PM

    Captain Janx?…

  20. P-way Eagles says: Mar 10, 2010 6:14 PM

    Now it’s starting to get ridunkulous….I’m looking forward to the Eagles finally resolving this QB situation. Trade someone and lets move on with our lives.

  21. The Genius says: Mar 10, 2010 6:14 PM

    Not difficult to mislead the media. Nothing but a bunch of sheeple parroting mindless dribble.
    The media is usually used by politicians to get re-elected or to push a certain agenda. Then you get the seasonal hurricane analysis and uninsightful information like “being underwater on your mortgage means you owe more than than the house is worth”.
    A reporter truly is the definition of a paid shill.

  22. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 10, 2010 6:15 PM

    hey Florio do u not consider this tampering too?

  23. Mean D says: Mar 10, 2010 6:16 PM

    Why would any other team want this washed up has-been? He is still an Eagle only because he is butt buddies with fat boy Reid.

  24. Contra says: Mar 10, 2010 6:19 PM

    Then there’s the fact that the person who wrote the thing misspelled McNabb’s first name (“Donavon”) four times.
    ——————————–
    So you wrote the article then huh Florio?

  25. im_not_lion says: Mar 10, 2010 6:33 PM

    Hey Eagles Fan,

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  26. Hooby says: Mar 10, 2010 6:37 PM

    if someone had told me this while i was at school, i would have first had to hold back from pooping my pants, then i would have spread what turned out to be a false rumor like crack.
    phewww

  27. im_not_lion says: Mar 10, 2010 6:38 PM

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120541685173&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

  28. JoeSixPack says: Mar 10, 2010 6:38 PM

    “…the phoney Pope can be identified by his high top sneakers and incredibly foul mouth.”

  29. downwithdansnyder says: Mar 10, 2010 6:39 PM

    Hey, if mispelling words or bad grammar meant things were made up, this site wouldn’t be real…

  30. axeman54jt says: Mar 10, 2010 6:53 PM

    i think the real question here is what did the eagles receive for donovan?

  31. Jimmy Shnoogen says: Mar 10, 2010 7:43 PM

    I’m curious as to what the fake page looks like, does anyone know if its still up and where I could get a link to find it?

  32. Opie says: Mar 10, 2010 7:44 PM

    This is as pathetic as having a site review all comments and then approve people spamming their t-shirt sale site.

  33. xgbx says: Mar 10, 2010 8:01 PM

    In other news, Terry Bradshaw is still alive.

  34. GoBrowns19 says: Mar 10, 2010 8:04 PM

    I’m glad. The media is so overblown on every single thing that it’s good they look stupid once in a while

  35. Opie says: Mar 10, 2010 8:22 PM

    Did someone just usurp my name?!? Although I agree with the comment, the real Opie (I) did not say that….
    Check into this Florio, someone tampering with my account?!?

  36. Eaglesman says: Mar 10, 2010 8:28 PM

    @ Opie
    I agree…what a joke! They don’t want to put the URL to the hoax, but they will approve a spam post…
    What are you guys thinking???
    I would rather have seen the hoax page then to have to see spammer posts being approved!!!

  37. jimicos says: Mar 10, 2010 8:33 PM

    Then there’s the fact that the person who wrote the thing misspelled McNabb’s first name (“Donavon”) four times.
    —————————–
    http://partlytruthpartlyfiction.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/pot-calling-the-kettle-black-734818.jpg

  38. Duck Fallas says: Mar 10, 2010 8:57 PM

    I agree with Fauxpie, you need to tighten up on the comment reviews. Between the t-shirt shill and all the jerkoffs making stupid threats (it’s the internet, morons, you’re not going to do shit) and really pushing the vulgarity envelope this place is fast turning into something on par with youtube comment sections. After reading those first two sentences you should have already figured out that I don’t have the cleanest mouth either, but it’s really gotten out of hand.

  39. SteveRobWhatever says: Mar 11, 2010 1:19 AM

    I wanted to personally apologize to everyone for the news posted earlier today on GridironFans.com about the Eagles trading Donovan McNabb to the 49ers. Unfortunately we were one of many others who were taken in by the false news report today.
    By the time we were able to catch the story that was posted as a hoax, it was too late. The story had made it’s rounds and was exposed as nothing more than an elaborate rouse that caught one of our news reporters off guard.
    We at GridironFans.com pride ourselves in scouring the internet and bringing everyone all the news around the NFL as quickly as possible. A perfect storm of circumstances though allowed this story to be posted and stay posted longer than it should have. One of our news reporters saw the “story” right when he was about to leave work and he posted the story in haste. This unfortunately led to the story staying up on our site way longer than it should have and having the story go out via Twitter, our RSS feed as well as being posted on numerous other sites like Yardbarker.com and BallHype.com as news. The damage was done by the time an administrator on the site was able to react and delete the story. Let me assure you that this was nothing more than an honest mistake by one of our reporters and I hope this one mistake doesn’t shake your faith in us to bring you the latest NFL news.
    We have made it a point to reiterate to our reporters that every and any news post that is put up needs to be verified before posting. I know people will read this and think “well, that should have been the policy ALL THE TIME.” I want to assure you that verifying the news is standard procedure at GridironFans.com but circumstances today led to this false story being posted. We aren’t the first website to be taken in by a false report and we won’t be the last. Unfortunately for us it was our turn in the crosshairs. I hope that in time we can redeem ourselves in the eyes of readers who were upset over the report. Thank you for taking the time out to read this and hearing us out.
    Sincerely,
    Steve Marin
    Owner, GridironFans.com

  40. Krow says: Mar 11, 2010 6:47 AM

    Eagle fans believe anything. They bought Andy Reid’s story about how he didn’t know his kids were running a drug ring out of his house. Guess the AK-47s were for target practice. Yeah, they’re like children really. Dumb children.

  41. Rickah99 says: Mar 11, 2010 9:16 AM

    This coming from someone named “Krow”…yeah you stay classy!

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