Texas TV station bases Peyton Manning scoop on ‘here’s what I heard’

KTRK-TV, an ABC affiliate in Houston, has nailed down some breaking news on one of the NFL’s biggest offseason moves. The station’s Bob Allen is reporting on the state of mind of longtime Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Here’s the relevant text:

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Here’s what I heard and although this development does have a lot of moving parts, this could be very interesting for the Houston Texans.

Someone I know who is close friends with the Manning family says Peyton is definitely interested in possibly coming to the Texans.

Allen’s small piece doesn’t explain just how a person could “definitely” be interested in “possibly” doing something, but that’s just a quibble. What he does do with some expertise is cover himself in case this carefully sourced scenario should happen to fall through:

This is one that won’t be played out publicly; we won’t be hearing anything from Manning or the Texans unless something does happen.

Allen concludes his piece: “All that aside, be it a long shot or reality, I know for a fact that he does have a definite interest in the Texans.” Or, at least, a definite, possible interest in the Texans.

Putting the snark aside, Allen’s problem is that he’s unskilled at the art of sports-sourcing lingo. A better formulation would have been this: “The Houston Texans are among the teams that have drawn the attention of longtime Indianapolis Colt Peyton Manning, according to a source close to the Manning family.” That’s how other sports-news outlets would have reported such a tip. Along with a little feedback from the Texans, of course.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.

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