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Favorite lede you've written

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by sportsgopher, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. sportsgopher

    sportsgopher Member

    The lede threads are both great so how about posting the favorite (best, funniest, most poignant, most clever) lede you've written?

    Mine would be:

    Eisenhower was in a pickle. And not one of those sweet gherkins either. No, this was one of those big vinegary things you get at the fair.

    Courtney Lynn had fouled out and C.J. Carson was relegated to the bench.

    Brit Miller was saddled with an aching back, not to mention four fouls.

    And the Panthers were all tied with Normal West with just more than a minute to go.
  2. OceanLottery

    OceanLottery Member

    "this was one of those big vinegary things you get at the fair."

  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    As an editor, I would have told you to throw your first graf away and start over. That is awful.
  4. jboy

    jboy Guest

    Don't like pickles, huh?
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Can't think of my best lede, but my best headline was from a sloppy, wet, nasty cross country race:

    Union wins race only a mudder could love
  6. funky_mountain

    funky_mountain Active Member

    he probably just doesn't like pickle_juice.
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    N-i-c-e pull...
  8. EE94

    EE94 Guest

    If, on the 'morrow, Germany should happen to defeat us at our national game, let us remember that twice this century we have defeated them at theirs.
  9. Jones

    Jones Active Member

    I can't say I was down with the pickles lede either. I just don't have spnited's cold, dead heart. The heart of an editor, in other words.

    My favorite lede:

    "It takes Colin Farrell forty-eight seconds to call me a c&nt."

    My mom was so proud. At least she was crying what I think were tears of pride.

    Interestingly, perhaps, my first line for that story was actually, "Things don't start well." And then I went into the c-line. That was a judicious cut by my editor; I was well-served by his heartlessness.
  10. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    When did spnited get any kind of heart?
  11. joe_schmoe

    joe_schmoe Active Member

    I don't know if it's my favorite, but one I remember from the last few years:

    "Jesus wept. John and Mark rejoiced."

    Texas baseball playoff game...losing pitcher's first name was Jesus. Mark and John both hit homers off of him.
  12. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Thanks, slap. People need to be reminded of that every now and then.
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