As a former copy editor who used to enjoy writing headliness (crass joke deleted- ed) I appreciate the importance of good heds in the Spec.
"Maas-iah: Can the new quarterback become the Ticats new saviour"
My lede on my page 3 sports edition story read 'The Maas-iah is here.'
To give credit where credit is due, it was art director Bob Hutton - another great hed guy - who originally proposed the Maas-iah lede for my piece so all the frustrated Catholic letter writers tired of complaining about the Gore Park deer, can direct their venom at affable Bob.
The point is, we should not be ripping off ledes to use as heds, it's lazy journalism and makes us look unnecessarily repetitive. We have talented hed writers, let them do their work without stealing ledes from the writers.
And for the record, I think some ledes can work on sports copy but could be found to be offensive as the main heds on A1. This could be the case for Maas-iah.
I could be wrong on this but I throw it out there for debate.
All of which is respectfully submitted
Ken (Red Cap) Peters