Newspaper typo adds intrigue to Illinois high school football rivalry

Georgetown, Illinois-based weekly newspaper publishes incorrect caption of Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School football coaching staff

On October 21 of this year, in Georgetown, Illinois (population: 3,474), two of Illinois’s most storied high school football teams, the Buffaloes of Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School and the Tigers of Westville High School, will meet in the annual Coal Bucket Game. The Georgetown/Westville rivalry is one of the most storied high school football rivalries in Illinois, having been played for the Coal Bucket, a rivalry trophy honoring the coal industry that once dominated the economy of southeastern Vermilion County, Illinois, since the 1960s, and the two schools have pitted football teams against each other since the early 20th century.

However, a newspaper typo has added extra intrigue to this year’s edition of the Coal Bucket rivalry.

Newspapers make typos frequently (in fact, when David Letterman was the host of the CBS Late Show, he would often do a segment, called “Small Town News”, highlighting some of the more embarrassing newspaper typos and oddities), and even us bloggers have made many typos. However, this one was rather embarrassing for The Independent News, a small, weekly newspaper based in Georgetown, Illinois and owned by the Champaign, Illinois-based The News-Gazette:

Newspaper clipping courtesy of The Independent News of Georgetown, Illinois; photo of coaching staff provided to The Independent News by Georgetown-Ridge Farm (IL) High School; highlighting done via computer on a scan of a clipping of the newspaper by me in order to highlight a typo

In the body of an article titled “Buffaloes football ready to keep rising in 2016”, the Georgetown-Ridge Farm (IL) High School football coach is correctly listed as Nathan West. However, in the caption of a photo below the body of the article, the Georgetown-Ridge Farm football coach is incorrectly listed as Guy Goodlove. Mr. Goodlove is actually the head football coach at Westville (IL) High School, Georgetown-Ridge Farm’s archrival on the gridiron.

I have notified The Independent News of the typo, and, as per their standard policy, they intend to include a statement correcting the typo in next week’s edition of the paper, meaning that the issue is fully resolved.