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Cheap headline humor by way of Tyson Gay

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 7, 2010 | 1:08 pm

Walter Dix (R) of the U.S. crosses the finish line ahead of compatriot Tyson Gay (L) to win the men's 200 meters at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League track meet in Eugene, Oregon July 3, 2010.  REUTERS/Steve Dykes (United States - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)

At the risk of sounding like an adolescent, it seems to me that headline writers like making puns around track star Tyson Gay. Latest case, this headline from Reuters:

Tired Gay succumbs to Dix in 200 meters.”

Hard to believe that was an innocent combination of words and not an intended double entendre. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the word “succumbs” in a sports headline.

I can’t even imagine how ultra-conservative American Family Association’s website, which once swapped “Homosexual” for Gay’s actual surname, would handle this.

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