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Thursday, March 23, 2006

A Family History Fumbled

Here's a good illustration of how a family story can morph into a fairy tale. It's been established that NFL kicker Adam Vinatieri is a descendant of General George Custer's bandmaster, Felix Vinatieri, and a fourth cousin of professional daredevil Evel Knievel.

Here's how an AP story—appearing in about a bazillion papers—lays out his family tree:

A descendant of Gen. George Custer and a third cousin of Evel Knievel, Vinatieri once caught Herschel Walker from behind and tackled him. He hasn't had to hear about being "just a kicker" since then. [Link]
In future articles, expect Vinatieri to be described as the half-brother of Herschel Walker.

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