Some pretty awesome ledes

So our journalism professor asked us to find three stories with some pretty awesome ledes. Here are some of my favorite:

1. Seth Wickersham’s “Awakening the Giant” http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11214487/hall-fame-quarterback-ya-tittle-takes-final-trip-home-espn-magazine. The lede is a great portrait of a beat-up quarterback who doesn’t remember getting beat up. It’s honest and beautiful and horrifying at the same time.

2. Caitlin Flanagan’s “The Dark Power of Fraternities” http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/02/the-dark-power-of-fraternities/357580/ A pun that landed very well (but didn’t take off that well) ended this lede that leaves you wincing in pain. The lede employs great description and sets the scene for the rest of the story.

3. Rick Reilly’s “When your dream dies” http://www.si.com/vault/1994/12/26/132955/when-your-dream-dies-after-a-high-school-referee-blew-a-call-that-helped-cost-him-a-chance-to-work-a-championship-football-game-his-life-no-longer-seemed-worth-living The lede is as descriptive as it is shocking and makes you want to read more.

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