The problem is "Suspended senior guard..." Redding wasn't a suspended guard on Saturday. This should have said "Senior guard Reggie Redding, coming off a suspension,..." or "Senior guard Reggie Redding returned from a suspension..."
In fact, the first one is the way I fixed it Saturday while working on the local sports copy desk. It's part of the men's top-25 basketball roundup, and I'm also doing the women's roundup.
Our deadline is 11:30 tonight, up from midnight, because of snow and ice in the area. There's an NFL game at 8:30 -- Cowboys and Saints -- but it won't get in; maybe the score.
I was writing a headline on the Duke-Gonzaga men's basketball game, and Bulldogs (Gonzaga's nickname) wouldn't fit in a one-column head. So I had to use Gonzaga's unofficial nickname: Zags.
We had a stretch while we waited for games. Then they started coming, and there was less talking in the news room. We had to use a few filler stories, including a nice one on a high-school defensive end who is overcoming a rough background.
We've finished reading proofs. We're done, so now we head out into the snow.
Comment: The above suspended guard received a quick tongue-in-cheek comment.
Lea Schizas - Author/Editor said...
Actually, at first glance, I thought he was 'suspended' from the ceiling or somewhere and had to reread. GRIN
December 19, 2009 6:14 PM
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