Annapolis Distributes Porn Link In Press Release

| August 31, 2010 | 7 Comments

UPDATE: 11:19am September 1, 2010. The City of Annapolis has issued a correction to the web address previously provided. See full revised release below.

As we were going over recent media releases, one stood out as strange. “ANNAPOLIS RECREATION & PARKS TO HOST CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT.”

Having teens in my house, I am aware of a common definition of “cornhole,” I was sure that there had to be a different definition. But I was hard pressed to find it.  According to Dictionary.com:

corn·hole
[kawrn-hohl]
–verb (used with object), -holed, -hol·ing. Slang: Vulgar .
to have anal intercourse with.

Certainly the City could not be sponsoring this type of tournament! The only other reference I could immediately find was in Wikipedia; which defines it as a bean bag tossing game, but is very clear about the more popular “other meaning.”

At this point, I assume that someone was just not aware of the double entendre of the word and this was an unfortunate mistake. Or maybe not?  Here is the full release from Annapolis Recreation & Parks (sender name redacted by Eye On Annapolis):

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Xxxx Xxxxxxxx, Marketing Coordinator, Annapolis Recreation
and Parks
E-mail:  xxxxxxxxxx@annapolis.gov
Phone:  410.263.XXXX

ANNAPOLIS RECREATION & PARKS TO HOST CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

(Annapolis, Maryland, August 30, 2010) — The Annapolis Recreation and
Parks Department will host an Indoor Cornhole Tournament on Saturday,
September 18. The event will be held at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center
at Truxtun Park, 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis. Check-in and practice
begins at 10:30 a.m. and the tournament starts at 11 a.m.

For the first-year tournament, those ages 14 and up can participate in
two events:  a double elimination with winners playing best of three
games and a seven bag toss to 21. The rules will follow those set by the
American Cornhole Organization www.cornhole.org. Players should register
as a team. Cost is $20 for City of Annapolis residents and $25 for
non-residents.

For more information, please contact Xxxx Xxxxxx at 301-xxx-xxxx or
xxxxxxxxxxx@msn.com. To register, call Annapolis Recreation and Parks
at 410-263-7958.

# # #

The Mission of the Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department:
To enrich the quality of life for Annapolis area residents and advocate
for healthy, active living by offering quality recreational programs and
community facilities within an array of parks and natural open spaces.

But here is where it gets a little dicey. If you are interested in finding out about this cornhole tournament, the city has provided a link for all the information you could want.  Here is a screen shot of the website.

Is this a joke? Is this the work of some disgruntled employee in Recreation & Parks?  This release was presumably sent out to many different media sources. Most media sources would take the City of Annapolis at their word for a release such as this–link and all.

Quite honestly, this is inexcusable and hopefully the City recommended porn site has not been distributed to children “14 and up.”

The email headers confirmed that this was indeed a legitimate email originating from the City’s servers and not something spoofed. Nor was there a recall of the message. From a reader, the correct URL should be cornhole.com, not org.

UPDATE:

Below is a revised release from the City of Annapolis:

**Please note the correct Web site address for American Cornhole Organization is www.americancornhole.org.**

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx, Marketing Coordinator, Annapolis Recreation and Parks
E-mail:  xxxxxxxxxxx@annapolis.gov
Phone:  410.263.xxxx

ANNAPOLIS RECREATION & PARKS TO HOST CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

(Annapolis, Maryland, September 1, 2010) – The Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department will host an Indoor Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, September 18. The event will be held at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center at Truxtun Park, 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis. Check-in and practice begins at 10:30 a.m. and the tournament starts at 11 a.m.

For the first-year tournament, those ages 14 and up can participate in two events:  a double elimination with winners playing best of three games and a seven bag toss to 21. The rules will follow those set by the American Cornhole Organization www.americancornhole.org. Players should register as a team. Cost is $20 for City of Annapolis residents and $25 for non-residents.

For more information, please contact Xxxx Xxxxxx at xxx-xxx-xxxx or xxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.com. To register, call Annapolis Recreation and Parks at 410-263-7958.

# # #

The Mission of the Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department:
To enrich the quality of life for Annapolis area residents and advocate for healthy, active living by offering quality recreational programs and community facilities within an array of parks and natural open spaces.

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