By REED NELSONFOXSportsDetroit.com
CNN knows news. And they should, given that they are the oldest name in 24-hour news coverage. In fact, since 1980, CNN has made a name for itself, presumably, by being right a good chunk of the time. In this day and age that makes you a world-class news service.
On Saturday, however, CNN proved two things with one wrong graphic that even one of the best can make mistakes, and that whoever was producing their morning show is not a sports fan.
Mistakenly displayed on their high-tech forecasting screen was a chilly forecast for a Lions divisional playoff game, one being played against the San Diego Chargers. (Check out the video provided by Deadspin.com here.)
We are all entitled to make mistakes, but this doozie could use some dissection. The Lions were eliminated from the playoffs, in New Orleans, exactly a week prior to the on-air graphic. Also, the forecast where the non-existing game would be played at, Ford Field, would be irrelevant, as the Lions' comfortable indoorconfines are equipped with a wonderful climate control system.
The Chargers (8-8) missed the playoffs, their statistical executioncoming in Detroit on Christmas Eve. And finally, San Diego plays in the AFC, which means that those two foes could not square off in the playoffs unless it was in the Super Bowl.
While the forecast was similar to the one that could have been displayed for the Lions-Chargers Week 16 matchup 34 degrees, 10-15 mph winds vs. 36 degrees and 5-10 mph winds it is still unknown how the graphic came to be.