The question at issue in the case was from the January 31 calendar page, which read, “Who holds the SEC single-season record for rushing touchdowns?” Unfortunately, in a horrible proof-reading error, the answer given at the bottom of the page reads, “Southern California in 1932 and 1933.” (When everybody knows it was Tim Tebow in 2007 with 20. Duh.)
As a result of the misinformation, John Braddock, 23, had to fork over more than $500.00 to cover the other patrons’ drinks. The price of the tab forced Braddock to have to sell his 1994 Chevy S-10 pickup truck.
His attorney released this statement: “Not only did my client suffer monetary damages in having to pay for the entire bar’s drinks after providing the incorrect answer, he also suffered irreparable damage to his reputation, pain and suffering and mental anguish. His girlfriend of 10 months has left him over this matter, taking his baby son with her. He is now estranged from his family and is a laughing stock at what was formerly his favorite watering hole.”
“That’s one of the problems you face when you put out these types of calendars,” said “Jeopardy” super contestant and trivia hero Ken Jennings. “You really open yourself up to these types of lawsuits. To be perfectly frank, I am surprised you don’t see this sort of thing more often. Especially in sports trivia. Admittedly, I’m no expert, but don’t they often have coaching turnovers after the end of their playing season or term or whatever? When you have trivia questions asking which coach works for which institution, and you print these calendars up months in advance, you’re bound to have some bad information. It’s a shame.”
Once he stopped laughing, a spokesperson for ESPN had no comment, citing ongoing litigation.