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The Triumphant Return of the Lead Gunslinger

I hate to admit this, but, without meaning to do so, I guess I sort of gave up on LD after he didn't post anything for a month.

I mean, I didn't write him off or anything, but I just quit checking his weblog---which is one of the best in the business, by the way---as part of my daily routine and, when that happens, well, out of sight leads to out of mind and, the next thing you know, my web browser doesn't automatically complete the rest of his URL when I type the first couple of letters.

Consequently, I failed to mention LD in last night's roundup, only to stumble across his work from the last week or so shortly thereafter. If you've missed out on his latest like I have, you should know that (a) his daughter was born on May 11, (b) he's not so sure Roger Clemens isn't on double-secret suspension, (c) he has some thoughts on television and movies, (d) he is not a fan of Stewart Mandel, (e) he just turned 30 (a revelation that made me feel really old, by the way), and (f) he thinks Atlanta is a better sports town than it is given credit for being.

I don't agree with everything LD writes, but I always come away with a deeper understanding and a valuable insight to consider after reading his stuff. (I agree with him a lot of the time, too . . . especially when it comes to "Happy Feet," the cutesy animated film best described as "March of the Penguins" meets "Moulin Rouge" meets "Footloose" meets the party platform from the Democratic National Convention. That may be fine for some, but it is distinctly not my kind of movie.)

If you're like me and you haven't kept up with LD while he has been away for the most understandable of reasons, go get caught up with him. You'll be glad you did.

Welcome back, LD.

Go 'Dawgs!