Leading Off (8/21/12)

The Most Evil Robbers in the World. Patricia Slaughter is 65 years old. She has survived two heart attacks and has diabetes and osteoporosis. She was headed to church in her motorized wheelchair to pick up donated loaves of bread when two attackers jumped her and stole everything she had, including the wheelchair. Just horrible.

Woman Found Murdered Two Days after 911 Call. Deanna Cook called 911 (paywall) and could be heard screaming and pleading with her ex-husband not to attack her. When police went to her house, no one answered the door, and they left. Two days later, her family found her dead in the house. DPD is investigating the matter, and the woman’s ex-husband is in jail.

Dez Bryant Is Gonna Be Okay! We need some good news after the preceding, so here it is: Dez Bryant had to leave practice yesterday with a hurt knee. But don’t fret! It’s just a little patellar tendinitis.


  • Good morning Tim,
    I am glad to hear you are able to committ to your end of the bargain on “LEADING OFF” for today, considering how active you have been in your tux(es). See how I did that? Today’s “LEADING OFF” feels as though you were rushed, but i understand you have lots going on first thing in the morning. Of course, I don’t want to make you mad as you still may have that shotgun laying around, and even though you have a tux on, I’ve read you aren’t too bad of a shot even so. Look for a big story on Dez later today and his former agent. I’m tired of all of the Dez drama. I wish he would just stick to football.

    Predicted comments: 4

    • @LewP: Not sure why you’ve hit on this gig where you predict the number of comments on Leading Off every morning, but I like your stick-to-itiveness.

      You’re right, by the way. I forgot this morning that it was my turn to do Leading Off, and I had to bang it out at the kitchen table while doing my level best to get my kids ready for school. Not optimal conditions.

  • @Tim,

    I sort of view the “LEADING OFF” as an experiment on your readership, and reader as consumers in general. Let me explain: I truly feel like “LEADING OFF” is the best feature of your blog. I’m always amazed at how and why people comment on various blogs. This blog is no exception. What gets people to respond. We as writers are like actors. Getting comments is the only applause we get. My predictions on the number of comments is not to critisize the writers, but to imagine how many readers will comment. Frankly, I love “LEADING OFF”. If my comments can stir emotions or thought provoking ideas for others to comment, then in my opinion, I have help you writers get ‘applause’. Perhaps I’m over-thinking here, but as a blogger myself, I always try to figure out how to garner more comments. That is all.

    • @LewP: Don’t confuse more comments with readership. We heavily moderate our comments, and, over the past year or so, the numbers have fallen. But our traffic continues to climb. I’ve pointed this out before on the blog, and people have said I’m lying. It’s the truth, though.

      Also true: this is the fourth comment to Leading Off.

  • Sybil’s Beaver

    But LewP, in your comment prediction, do you count your comment in the prediction number? Why am i pondering this, in fact why did I even ask bc now it is moot as I would be the 4th comment if you didnt count your original commment predicting comments.

  • Daniel

    Sometimes Leading Off garners comments (sex — just a tip!), sometimes it doesn’t, much, but one thing I never thought it would garner is an earnest exegesis. Fine observations, LewP. So how ’bout those Joycean influences on Beckett’s Molloy!

  • @Sybil Great question! Technically I wasn’t going to respond for adding to the predicted amount, but you have indeed put a great clause in the rules. In answer to your question though, the predicted amount of comments would include any and all of my comments as well.

    To me, it’s like saying if i get up to bat and make an out, does it count because I’m the 1st batter in the game?

    Great question though. The bottom line is I’m not very good at all at predicting comments. I haven’t come close to being correct in the last week or so of my predictions. It’s like a barber that gives bad haircuts, but people keep coming back to get their hair cut by him/her. I guess I might get close sometime, but we’ll see. Thanks to all of the folks at D (I wish I could italisize that), for allowing me to comment.

  • @Daniel Let me try and understand this: Joycean influences = In cases where an author makes use of James Joyce as a fictional character, or uses Joycean inspiration as the primary focus of a work, the work in question may be found listed on the Joycean Fictions page.

    Molloy is a novel by Samuel Beckett. The English translation is by Beckett and Patrick Bowles. The plot, what little there is of it, is revealed in the course of the two inner monologues that make up the book. The first monologue is split into two paragraphs. The first paragraph is less than a page long; the second paragraph lasts for over eighty pages.

    So in answer to your question: It depends. : )

  • Daniel

    The folks at D will allow anyone to comment, once they’ve had a few cocktails. Believe me, I know.

  • ernest t bass

    I’d write Leading Off while drunk, scan TDMN the next morning, edit heavily and post.

  • Daniel

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  • RossG

    @TimRogers Here is a non-paywall version of the story about the woman who called 911 screaming for help and police left after not getting an answer at the door. http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/19323781/woman-found-dead-days-after-calling-for-help

  • Eastside

    Not sure if anyone noticed, but today is 8/21, not 7/21.