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Thursday, April 27, 2006


Lede-Writing School

Young journos, take note. This is the way to write a lede, courtesy of Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Never one to shy from taking the extra base - in fact, it's in the DNA of his grit - Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein did something unusual in the ninth inning as he rounded second base.

He stopped.

Now we know: David Eckstein's grit can reproduce. Look for David's awkwardly titled autobiography, The DNA of My Grit, ghostwritten by Buzz Bissinger and printed with ink produced from David's own blood, sweat, and tears. Thanks to reader Robb for the tip.

Bonus trivia question:
Using a Punnett Square, what are the phenotypes and genotypes of the potential offspring of David Eckstein's grit and Scott Podsednik's hustle? (Hint: Eck's grit is homozygous dominant.)

Bonus bonus trivia question:

When was the first time the phrase "homozygous dominant" was written in a sports-related blog?


posted by Junior  # 5:18 PM
Guys -- I'm going to be out of commission for a while. I have to go to the hospital. The doctor found some grit in my DNA. If I don't make it, please take care of my cats.
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