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How will you play two big sports stories that both deserve centerpiece status?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Claws for Concern, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    What makes sense? Layout being fun? To each his own. The Monday paper being small? Happens all the time.
  2. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    As far as Landis goes, he's a Lancaster County boy with Mennonite upbringing. If you ever saw his mom interviewed, she's Amish right down to the bonnet. In fact, he turned to cycling as an outlet from his strict childhood.

    He has lived in California since joining Armstrong's team.

    As far as play goes, Woods is still the bigger story. It would be more of a question if Floyd hadn't essentially won the Tour the day before.
  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Re: How will you play two big sports stories that both deserve centerpiece statu

    Tiger has won A LOT of majors already. Just because his dad died a month ago doesn't mean this is bigger than the rest. He's the best golfer in the world.

    How many people here would've predicted Landis to win the Tour? I didn't even know who he was. The story is that even without Lance, America can produce a Tour de France winner. That's the story.
  4. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    If you're in Virginia, you're fucked with Denny Hamlin winning in addition to Tiger and the Tour. You're super-fucked in Pennsylvania since the race was there and Landis came from there. And if you're at a small daily, you'll have to lead with the publisher's daughter's travel volleyball team finishing fifth in the All-Wide AAU tournament.
  5. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Well-Known Member

    Tiger's dominant here. Tour de France down the side.

    British Open gets more play because we had a local guy playing there (granted, he finished three spots out of last).
  6. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Re: How will you play two big sports stories that both deserve centerpiece statu

    Sorry, the Tiger factor is too big to ignore. That he has won a lot of majors is in fact why the story is so big.

    Golf vs. cycling? No contest. But Landis is a nice story.
  7. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Early line is heavy on Tiger as lead story -- all the major sports websites are going with him dominant.
  8. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    Sounds like Landis might be a compelling story, particularly in Pennsylvania (I confess to not having followed the event at all.) The Mennonite angle sounds fascinating. I didn't know that.

    You have a much better chance of telling a reader something he or she doesn't know in the Landis story.

    Tiger, of course, might very well the be the Best Golfer Ever and as such is worthy of big play.

    One factor to take into consideration: British Open and Tour de France visuals will be almost 24 hours old when the reader opens the paper Monday morning.
  9. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Re: How will you play two big sports stories that both deserve centerpiece statu

    A guy works his ass off to win the Tour de France and gets shit on by his countrymen. Nice.

    Tiger's going to win 10 more majors. I won't disparage anything about Tiger's win, but it's not the end-all, be-all story.
  10. Keystone

    Keystone Member

    I'm in charge of the desk tonight. I'm bending over right now, especially if a rumor one of our reporters is chasing now about a local high school football coach breaks in the next couple hours. :p
  11. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    Tiger is the lede/display unless you're in Riverside or eastern PA
  12. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

    how about neither?

    because both were in europe, both will be nearly 24 hours old by the time your am hits the doorstep

    not much else out there, either, so go with tiger. although, i'd much rather read about landis, it's still tiger
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