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Indiana paper accidentally goes below the belt with Heat-Nets headline typo

Anyone who's ever worked in print journalism knows the all-encompassing, pit-of-your-stomach dread that comes with spotting a typographical error that eluded everyone's eyes in the rush of deadline but stands out, clear as day, once the new edition's been printed and it's (obviously) too late for an edit. It's bad enough when the slip-up comes in the body of a story, but when it's the headline that's jacked up, your mistake is in giant, bold-faced type. In those instances, you just hope the mistake's innocuous enough that those who notice it don't make much of a fuss about it.

The folks at the Evansville, Ind., Courier & Press are not that lucky.

To be fair, it probably did feel at least a little bit like that for Brooklyn Nets fans in the second half Tuesday night.

Here's hoping whichever staffer was responsible for letting the typo through before putting the paper to bed doesn't wind up receiving an uncomfortable snip in response today. Mistakes happen, after all, and if they're going to occur, it's always nice when they're funny. The big winner here, of course, is the Oklahoman, which is now officially yesterday's news when it comes to headline gaffes. We eagerly await the next contestant in this odd but engaging accidental competition.

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