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Another questionable day for anonymous single-source sports stories

A portrait of itchy Twitter fingers.
By David Brauer

Let’s go right to the Twitter feed, shall we:

The Strib’s Michael Rand gets the ball rolling, announcing Cretin-Derham Hall lineman Seantrel Henderson is headed Florida way. Rand — who wrote a fine rumination on sportswriters’ itchy trigger fingers the other day — does make it clear this is likely, but not a sure thing.

The Strib’s John Millea and the paper’s main sports feed retweet, with more certainty:

Somewhere along the line, the Pioneer Press sips from the same source pool, though with that classic Shooter wiggle room. But look who else picks up the news … the guy already in hot water for an anonymous single-source story!

A competitor, armed with contradictory information, smells a rat:

And Henderson signs with … USC. The Strib acknowledges its folly. As for Mr. Scoop: