Leading Off (4/8/09)

1. Looks like Detroit (eh, Bloomfield Hills) is getting even with us for stealing Comerica Bank. Pulte Homes is buying Centex for $1.3 billion. Said Timothy Eller, Centex’s CEO, “By acting decisively now, we’re creating unrivaled firepower to capitalize on the opportunities in homebuilding that are now becoming visible on the horizon.” So if you plan to buy a new home, expect to get shot at.

2. Dave Levinthal reports that a quarter of the Dallas City Council candidates haven’t bothered to vote in recent elections. Lead-footed Brint Ryan has been just as remiss as gun-loving Chazz Redd. Tsk, tsk.

3. Did you know that Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett has a blog over at the DMN? It started a week ago. Yesterday, he weighed in on whether women should fart, concluding: “I guess women have to let go at times too but it just doesn’t seem right, but if they do then it shouldn’t smell or make a sound.” I think we can all agree that Bennett is wise beyond his years and that his blog definitely belongs your RSS reader.


Get a weekly recap in your inbox every Sunday of our best stories from the week plus a primer for the days ahead.

Find It

Search our directories for...









View All

View All


9 responses to “Leading Off (4/8/09)”

  1. Copy Editor? says:

    So they aren’t going to edit his blog? That’s pretty pathetic.

  2. Art Shapiro says:

    The eclecticism of Timmy’s interests delights anew with every passing day. Women’s farts, eh? But this is what it takes to ensure FB doesn’t get sucked into the same maelstrom of decline as the DMN: aggressive brand management.

  3. amanda says:

    Love it. 6/08. Not everyone gets it…that’s okay. They never do.

  4. Chris Chris says:

    Women do not pass gas. Just ask Rhynes.

  5. Tim Rogers says:

    Sorry, all. This morning’s Leading Off did not get posted without a hitch. I began my work at Green Spot, but their wifi crapped out on me. At which point, I was forced to repair to Adam’s house to finish the job. He had workers crawling over the place. He wanted to talk soccer. All very distracting.

    Anyway, it’s April now. Thanks for the heads-up.

  6. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    Re: #3

    It’s gold Jerry! Gold!

  7. Daniel says:

    Gotta love the actual (run-on) sentence:

    This lady was walking in front of me pushing her cart she stopped to pick up some pringles and let one rip.

  8. Daniel says:

    And the end is trenchant and urbane, yet leaves the reader with a sly note of ambiguity:

    I mean come on if you were on a date with Angelina Jolie a lunch date eating
    spaghetti and pancakes or whatever it is people eat in Hollywood and
    as she’s feeding you she farts. Do you let her slide because of her beauty or call her out?

  9. El Rey says:

    1. Cookie cutter homes for the masses!

    2. There is no civic responsibility pre-requisite to be eligible for public office. Sad. You gotta have some big stones to try and get elected without taking your own sorry rear end to the polls periodically.

    3. Beans and Rice better get us a playoff win or JJ will have some issues next January. I hope all of the extra-curricular activities pay off!