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Tuesday, May 03, 2021

I really should come up with a more worthy hed here, since this post is devoted to Drew McQuade, assistant sports editor at the Philly Daily News and winner of this year’s American Copy Editors Society headline writing award for mid-sized (100,001-250,000 circulation) papers.

But since I almost always craft my post-toppers the wrong way — headlines first, story second — I just can’t help it. Hey, it’s not like I’m getting paid here.

I’ve expressed my appreciation for a good headline, particulary in sports, before. Since I used to work in sports, I give an extra tip of my cap to McQuade, since he undoubtedly comes up with his gems in the dead(line) of night, unlike those high-falutin’ daytime editors.

Here are McQuade’s winners:

RUTHLESS! — Red Sox oust Yankees, ghost, advance to World Series

BOOS ALWAYS ON TAP — Philly fans champions of holding grudges forever

FLUSH OUT THE JOHNS (A front page news head for a story about exposing guys who visit prostitutes)

JUST A MUDDER DAY AT THE OFFICE — Celebrated horse Smarty Jones returns to roots to win regular race on sloppy surface

SCRAMBINO — Red Sox sweep Cards, squash “Curse of the Bambino’ with World Series win

All quality material. They’re not quite up to the level of the immortal “SHAW-SHAQ REDEMPTION”, but enjoyable nonetheless.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/03/2021 09:13:53 PM
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  1. thanks for mentioning me..toiling in anonymity as I do, a pat on the back from a perfect stranger is somehow quite appropriate….

    Comment by Drew McQuade — 05/16/2005 @ 12:20:31 PM

  2. Hey, that’s the alpha and the omega of the Internet, isn’t it? People you’ll never meet face-to-face, alternately praising and denouncing you…

    You’re welcome. Most deserved. I’ve always said headline writing was an underappreciated art.

    Comment by CT — 05/16/2005 @ 04:54:57 PM


    As an admirer of the headline-writing craft, it deeply saddens me to see that search engine optimization is creating a dumbing-down effect among online news postings.
    Some news sites offer two headlines. One headline, often on the first Web page, is …

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 04/10/2021 @ 11:54:13 PM

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