And now for some pre-weekend levity:
The folks at the Boston Herald discovered this week that the Texas state flag looks a bit like the flag of Puerto Rico. Unfortunately for the Boston newspaper, it made this discovery only after one of its writers made an embarrassing blunder in a since-amended sports report.
During pregame ceremonies in Houston Thursday evening, the home team's grounds crew walked a massive American flag onto the field. A second grounds crew joined them later, walking out a smaller Texas state flag.
Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros fans stood for the national anthem. They sang. Et cetera. Pretty standard stuff.
However, for the Boston Herald, an entirely different and unique story played out during the opening ceremonies at Minute Maid Park.
"The Astro's pregame ceremonies included a large Puerto Rican flag draped over the field next to a bigger American flag to honor the United States territory that was devastated recently by a hurricane. [Houston outfielder] George Springer brought the Puerto Rican flag out with him when he was introduced and waved it back and forth to big applause," the Boston Herald report read.
Those were clearly Texas state flags on display. The Boston Herald's entire bit about honoring the victims of Hurricane Maria is, to put it politely, a total fabrication. The writer clearly didn't know what he was looking at, and he just assumed it was something to do with Puerto Rico.
The report has since been updated so that it now includes the following editor's note: "A previous version of the notebook innacurately [sic] stated that pregame ceremonies included the unfurling of a large Puerto Rican flag. The flag was in fact the Texas state flag. We regret the error."
Of course, the correction didn't come until after the Boston-based publication took a bit of deserved ribbing online for the boneheaded mixup.
(h/t Robert Ford)