Ok, some of us were on Twitter and saw that Pashos signed and is now a Redskins. Then moments later, he is not and never even signed. As a matter of fact, he is on his way to ‘Cleveland, to help his (blank) clean up some (blank) no longer breathin’. The gaffe is explained to some degree, here:
I posted it to Twitter, and then I saw that Mark Maske of the Washington Post had tweeted less than a minute earlier that Pashos was “about to sign.” (I muttered “Maske” in my best “Newman” voice, and my kid said, “Gesundheit.”) After making sure I was getting no dirty looks for using said Sprint device at the table, I sent the info via e-mail to MDS.
Moments after MDS posted the story came word from a source far closer to the action that Pashos had left D.C. without signing a deal, and that he was heading to Cleveland.
So after dinner I used said Sprint device to make a couple of phone calls to find out precisely what had happened. Without blaming my offensive line for the blunder regarding the offensive lineman, let’s just say that someone made a bad assumption.
The fact that Maske had Pashos as “about to sign” means that the bad assumption had some legs. However, this wasn’t a situation where a deal was done and then fell apart or anything remotely interesting. We just flat got it wrong, we apologize, and we move on to the next story.
I never had the chance to break a story, so this is understandable, but I guess this is the price to pay for honor of being “first”.