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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Tigers special section

Check out the Tigers special section, H, in today's (Sunday) edition. The special 10-page section was designed by Matt Mowery, of prep football preview fame.

Monday, August 24, 2009

If at first you don't see it, check the Web site

This could be considered another "Fun with deadlines" entry, but some of our readers didn't get the Lions game in their Sunday paper. The preseason contest was incomplete at the time of our first deadline (10:30), so our readers in the southern part of the county didn't get to read the story.
Instead of reading about the Lions' latest debacle, they got a story about how Brett Favre is catching up to the Vikings' offense.
To compound the issue, the Tigers played a late game in Oakland the same night, and, to a lesser extent, the Shock game was too late for the first edition, also.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but we do what we can with time constraints. On the bright side, at least there was a section full of high school football in our annual preview, which debuted Sunday in section H.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Prep football section coming soon!

Make sure to pluck out the 24-page high school football special section from your Sunday paper. The section has feature stories about local talent, the county's top teams and players, as well as league-by-league breakdowns.
Designer Matt Mowery gets the credit for the awesome layout.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Yes, he did

Some headlines just match up perfectly with the situation. Every once in a while, the perfect fit falls right in your lap, as it did with Y.E. Yang's victory over Tiger Woods in Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship at Hazeltine. Designer Dave Pemberton gets the credit for harvesting this gem.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Manny bobblehead night revisited

The L.A. Dodgers will be revisiting Manny Ramirez bobblehead night Sept. 16. The first time the promotion took place, July 22, Ramirez sat out ... until the sixth inning, when he hit a pinch-hit grand slam. An early AP story I put on the baseball page that night said Ramirez sat out the game. You can imagine my horror when I got home and saw his grand slam trot around the bases on "Baseball Tonight." I kept waiting for them to say it was from a different day, but that announcement never came.
The new bobbleheads are supposed to be formed in the image of Ramirez, as he tipped his cap to the crowd following the pinch-hit slam.

(You can see the Manny story in the middle columns near the bottom — Click to enlarge)