In college sports, spelling doesn’t count

Find the spelling mistakes in these signs being posted around U.S. Bank Stadium for this weekend’s NCAA Final Four basketball championship.

Welcome to Minneapolis, home of the “Libility” Disclaimer from Minneapolis

The photo was posted on Minneapolis Reddit.

  • Barton

    Can we all go buy white paint pens and fix this? A nice small “a” with an arrow pointing to where it should be? It could be a community project.

  • Mike

    It says all that needs to be said about our society’s respective valuation of knowledge and athletic ability, doesn’t it?

    • RBHolb

      It’s especially telling that the NCAA purports to be affiliated with educational institutions.

      It’s cute when they pretend, isn’t it?

  • AL287

    A direct result of the overall, poor quality of America’s work ethic.

    I guess spell check doesn’t work on mass produced signs.

    It is spelled “corectly” in the verbiage below so I guess the powers that be thought it was too late and it wouldn’t matter.

    I won’t even mention how it reflects on Minnesota.

    • We never had spelling mistakes when America had a work ethic?

      • AL287

        People took pride in their work and took the time to check the finished product.

        It would take me 20 pages to list all the misspelled words in online news pages that I’ve seen in the last six months and that’s just the headlines.

        Spell check is not a substitute for quality proofreading. You still have to take the time to read the final product before you send it to be mass produced.

        Speed is the enemy when it comes to quality writing and that includes “libility” signs.

      • Kevin

        I agree. Two days ago I went to a historical site in Florida. The interpretive signs have been there since the 1980s. I found several typos. This is nothing new.

        • Oh, Florida. Who knew Florida Man was around in the 80s?

        • Jason Schmucker

          Yeah, but they didn’t have Spellcheck

    • It’s not work ethic – it’s changing times. Today everyone writes and posts, pretty much instantly and without filters (unless AI steps in). Publications used to be printed on dead trees and the path to those presentations to the readers was long and deliberate with a nit-picking editor or two or three to satisfy enroute. Now most of those editors have been put out to pasture by cost-cutting MBAs, leaving the final copy to the authors and autocorrect – and that’s bound to produce errors, some of which add a bit of amusement to otherwise bland verbiage.

      • Al

        Nailed it.

    • Ben Chorn

      I would think this is more of a result of our education system. You’d be surprised at how bad at English and even simple science high school graduates are. Schools mold students to pass tests, not learn what they should. Then they get to college and colleges pass them along because they don’t get tuition if they flunk out. When I was a TA in grad school professors would tell me they teach the same classes, the same materials, the same tests, and yet the scores keep going down.

      This has nothing to do with Minnesota or work ethic and everything to do with how little we care about our future.

      • Also had the TA experience in grad school, but my take is a bit different. The body of knowledge and experience that defines a university graduate is not static – and profs should not be pulling dusty materials out of file cabinets. The curriculum ought to be vibrantly alive and evolutionary. I agree that teaching to tests is stultifying, but as a practical matter sometimes necessary. The goal should always be in sight: Producing graduates who are primed to continue lifelong learning that is able to flex with whatever life’s path might take. Today there is more emphasis on spontaneity in communication – which can take a toll on precision. OTOH, in some areas – like software coding – the requirements for precision are extreme. So it isn’t clear that things are all going to heck; it’s more like things are just… different.

        • Ben Chorn

          To be clear I am referring to entry level science classes that non-science students take. Classes students take for majors are much better and interesting and fresh. You’d be surprised how many high school graduates don’t use correct uses of “your” in their papers, or don’t know where the Pacific Ocean is, or think that Antarctica is Alaska on a map.

    • Jerry

      If you are bothered by erratic spelling, don’t read anything from before the ‘50s.

  • Rob

    I think the notice means that the management is not responsible for injuries or property loss incurred by liberally-minded individuals attending tailgating activities. : )

  • Kevin

    Bob, don’t you know, it’s the NCCA Final Four, not NCAA?

  • Ben Chorn

    As someone on reddit mentioned- it also mentions the “NCCA” (I missed it first read)

    • AL287

      I guess that makes the NCAA liable since they don’t appear in the disclaimer clause.

      Legal challenge, anyone?

  • Andrew

    I didn’t know the National Catholic Church of America (NCCA) had a stake in the Final Four.

  • Gary F

    I believe most graphics software has spell check.

    Just how many people reviewed this before it went out?

    • AL287

      Not anyone who knows how to spell “liability.”

  • Keith P.

    -sad trombone-

  • Al


    Or hire some in the first place. We’re good people, people.

    • AL287

      Hats off to the editors that are still around.

      • KenB

        “Who” for people, “that” for things.

  • Jeff C.

    Do these signs really mean anything? Let’s say that one of the black-out banners that was installed up on the ceiling falls because it was installed incorrectly and people are injured. Clearly their injuries are a result of the negligence of the company/person that installed the banners, and they are a party that provided services for the event. Could they really not be held accountable because the people who got injured walked past this sign?

  • boB from WA

    Could this also be a metaphor for the greater state of the NCAA right now, given the scandals, the “One and Done” athletes, etc?

  • Jack Ungerleider

    I blame it on print specifications. The letters had to be X inches tall and printed in font A. Well that combination only gives you 21 characters on the size sign selected. So you have multiple options: Change the font to a narrower font, change the size to a smaller size (which narrows the font), or leave out the “A” in liability and see if anyone notices.

    They went for option 3 and somebody noticed. BTW this does not explain the NCCA(r) later in the sign.