Good take today. but Post wins it and here's why-- neither cover, as you say yourself, is grabbing any eyes with the photo (in fact most people who look quickly will think the photos are identical, which they aren't; they're from the same moment, but look at K-Rod's face).
so. photo is a throwaway, no better than the generic Steven Slater shots from a few days ago. all we have to go on is the wood plus the general layout. And for precisely the reason you think the News handled it well (by including a bit of other filler on top just so the whole front isn't all K-Rod) I'd say the Post did it better just by dint of going balls to the wall. Yeah, photo sucks, hed is nothing special, but at least the arrest dramatically grabs the entire front, nice and clean, nothing else previewed except whatever that tiny type along the bottom is.
Plus, even if "Man Up" is more rooted in the actual story i.e. it's a direct quote, "Cuff Love" is punnier, possibly more grin-inducing, so it's a better hed whether or not the Post's version of the events proves to be wrong (which is totally plausible, maybe probable, ha).
Posted on August 13th, 2010 5:23pm