Miami beat Oklahoma City 91-85 last night, giving the Heat a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.
Here’s a quick look at today’s pages…
This is the best Miami Herald front page so far in the series:
Great picture of the Heat’s Chris Bosh by Herald staffer Al Diaz. And an interesting headline to boot.
This is more like what I’ve been expecting. I’m not quite sure why it’s taken the Herald so long to work up to speed for the Finals this year.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The Sun Sentinel continues to give the series much less front-page acreage than I’d expect.
The picture by staffer Robert Duyos shows Le Bron James, but that’s about the only good thing I can say about it. The picture isn’t exactly a great composition — the crop seems odd and Le Bron doesn’t seem particularly active here. And that guy in the background — with his shirttail out and his belly exposed — is just weird.
Also, it’s occurred to me just how much of their A1 NBA package the Sun Sentinel is devoting to advertising the Heat coverage on its web site. That’s a good five column inches of web refer.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Today we see another in a string of poster page covers to an NBA section that wraps around the daily Oklahoman.
The photo is by Bryan Terry. The design is by Bill Bootz. The headline was written by assistant sports editor Darla Smith.
And in Norman, the Transcript ran a stand-alone AP photo on page one today, referring to coverage in sports.
Side note: I’m laughing at the little sports refer across the top. Part of the golf story this weekend is that the guy who won it is a relative unknown. So putting his name in the headline seems odd. Wouldn’t it be better to say something like: “Relative unknown wins U.S. Open”? Or how about “U.S. Open winner… who IS this guy?”
Everything but the Oklahoma City page is from the Newseum. Of course.
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