Sunday, October 12, 2008

Let the ... on second thought, don't

Time for another Emergency Verb Drop downtown? You make the call:

The Red Wings celebrate Valterri Filpulla's first-period goal Saturday night in front of Ottawa goalie Martin Gerber, right. (1D)

Toledo's Nick Moore (1) and his teammates on the sidelines erupt into a celebration* after Michigan missed a chance to tie Saturday's game at 13 with four seconds remaining. (1E)

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy celebrates with the Golden Hat Trophy after defeating Oklahoma, 45-35, on Saturday. (3E)

Michigan State free safety Dannny Fortener (33) and his teammates celebrate Fortener's 21-yard interception return Saturday against Northwestern. (5E)

You can't say it better than the hed on 6E:
Leading league in cliches is a good thing

* Honorary Verb status to this VP



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, fev, I just don't get it. What is Ghu's name is there to get exercised about in a perfectly unexceptional verb like "celebrate"? So athletes do it a lot; big deal.

10:30 PM, October 12, 2008  
Blogger fev said...

I'm not bothered by athletes' celebrating. I'm a bit worried that a huge-market paper could have so little regard for the basic law of cutlines -- don't tell people what they're seeing; tell them what they can't see -- as to use "celebrate" four times in one issue. There's a really easy cure: Ban "celebrate" and tell me what the athlete is celebrating.

Four isn't a record (far as I know, during my time here, the record is six), but it's a sign that things aren't getting any better on the Execute The Fundamentals front.

10:49 PM, October 12, 2008  

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