June 5, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Cup runneth over for papers with hockey, Red Wings fans

Clinton hasn’t bowed out yet, and Obama and McCain haven’t picked vice presidential candidates, so let’s skip politics for another kind of competition: Sports.

The Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, mega news for Detroit. “Sweet Stanley!” proclaimed The Detroit News. “Red Reign,” said the Detroit Free Press, which has produced Stanley Cup fronts during the finals. In Port Huron, an hour from the Motor City, the Times Herald said: “Wings skate home with Stanley Cup.” Across the border in Ohio, The Blade of Akron covered the win with a stand-alone photo. Across the border in Canada, the Toronto Sun pictured Nicklas Lidstrom, the first European to captain a Stanley Cup-winning team, and said: “How Swede it is!”

For the losing Penguins, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cried, “Cup unfulfilled” and added, “Penguins’ dream season ends in 3-2 loss to Detroit.” The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review published an eye-catching photo and said: “Just Shy of a Miracle.”

“The Legendary Rivalry Resumes,” The Boston Globe announced in a centerpiece about the Celtics-Lakers matchup in the NBA championship, which begins tonight. The Los Angeles Times, which published an “NBA Finals” special section, used its front page to examine ticket prices: “Lakers golden as money draw.” The Providence (R.I.) Journal stripped a profile of Laker Kobe Bryant across the top of its front page. The Las Vegas Review-Journal noted, “Harrah’s to reject NBA bets” as “Casino chief owns part of Boston Celtics.”

Looking ahead, The Miami Herald previewed Saturday’s Belmont Stakes and a possible Big Brown win: “Struggling racetracks root for a rare Triple Crown.” Newsday on Long Island, home to Belmont Park, produced a 12-page pullout guide to the race.

“Chicago in final four,” the suburban Daily Herald said after it was announced that the Windy City joined Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro as finalists to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The news made the front page across Illinois, including on the Rockford Register Star, which profiled each of the cities. Jornal Do Commercio in Rio de Janeiro and El Mundo in Madrid covered their cities’ bids.

Still need your daily political fix? Try the Los Angeles Times (“Clinton set to end run, back Obama”); The Arizona Republic in Phoenix (“Clinton remains a key factor/Both sides to court her female bloc”); the Chicago Tribune (“History shows the best bets rarely make the cut as final running mates”); the St. Petersburg Times (“Crist could be vice president, McCain says”); the Orlando Sentinel (“What would it take for Obama to carry Florida?”); and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (“Black Atlantans relish Obama win”).

Kate Kennedy is front pages editor at the Newseum.

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