Daily Special, April 23, 2012

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Family news dominates the webwaves today. Over at Canal Street Chronicles, Dave Cariello has a piece about upcoming draftees and their family sports connections. I thought perhaps by now Dave might have some other family news to deliver, but I see we must be patient. I hope it’s good.

But, of course, the big news is Jeff Duncan’s piece in the T-P concerning Rita Benson. Seems gramps has given her a time-out. Rita hasn’t been seen around town or in NFL circles much of late, and Duncan’s sources—whom he won’t share with us, but trust him—say it’s because she’s mean, hard, nasty, no-good, and likes to party too much. Or something like that. Who knows?

Yet again, here’s the problem with modern journalism: what Duncan wrote was little more than mongering his own rumors. Since we don’t know the source of his information, we don’t know if his information is at all trustworthy. We just have to trust him, or not. Reporters don’t have to account for themselves, silly. But if it is true, it could be significant: a sort of yatified Georgia Frontiere is the last thing this franchise needs when Benson takes his final test drive. That at least guarantees page views.

My own guess? Hell, I don’t know. I could see it happening. But it might also be that Benson is simply trying to get the crown princess out of the line of fire during the most trying period in the franchise’s history.

One thing I do know: Josh Katzowitz, reporters don’t write ledes. They write leads—as in, “lead paragraph.” Lede is a snooty neologism used by people who want the illusion of being correct without doing any of the heavy lifting. (This one is beginning to challenge comprise/compose for favored pet peeve status.)

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  • stujo4April 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

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    >>It wasn’t until linotype was disappearing from newsrooms across the nation (late 1970s and into the 1980s), that we start seeing the spelling “lede.”

    Don’t need a source. Because he says so. Because it supports his premise.

    This guy says 1965. In order to keep players from saying “Col. Mustard with the lede pipe in the library.”

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    • stujo4April 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm

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      I used to work for a division of Mergenthaler Linotype. The one that helped kill typesetting. with a Z80 chip.

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  • Just Nother DayApril 24, 2012 at 4:12 am

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    Interesting -

    But it might also be that Benson is simply trying to get the crown princess out of the line of fire during the most trying period in the franchise’s history.

    I’ve been thinking this for the last few days. Tom is old enough to not give a shit about his current image. But, well, the darling princess might be another thing alltogether.

    For sooth.

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    • stujo4April 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

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      That’s why he yells at her so much?

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      • HimselfApril 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

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        Many and various are the ways of love. Besides, that’s Charles Durning who yells at her.

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