There was way too much similarity in choices of front-page Super Bowl art around the country. The best photo choices were made today by some of the nation’s largest papers.
Here’s a look at some of the more notable pages of the day…
REPRESENTING THE NEW YORK GIANTS
Newsday today wrapped its usual tabloid edition in a sideways page that unfolds into a huge poster of Giants quarterback Eli Manning holding the Lombardi trophy.
That was a Reuters picture.
AM NEW YORK
New York, N.Y.
Newsday‘s free sister tabloid, AM New York, did the same thing but with a Getty picture.
I’m pretty sure that is by Getty’s Rob Carr.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
New York, N.Y.
The Daily News today also built a wraparound cover with Manning and the trophy. Only half of it appeared today at PressDisplay…
But here’s what the whole thing looked like, unfolded.
Thanks to the most gracious Diego Sorbara of the New York Times for sending me that picture.
The credit goes to Daily News staffer Ron Antonelli, Diego tells me.
NEW YORK POST
New York, N.Y.
The New York Post led with — Guess what? — a picture of Manning with the trophy.
The picture is by Post staffer Charles Wenzelberg.
METRO NEW YORK
New York, N.Y.
Metro’s New York edition built its cover around… well, you can see.
The picture is by Rob Carr of Getty Images.
And you’ll never guess what the Bergen County Record put on page one today.
Go ahead. Guess.
That picture was by staffer Chris Pedota.
By now, my sharp-eyed blog readers might perhaps be noticing a pattern.
The Record‘s sister paper in Passaic, however, breaks the pattern for us today.
Instead of Manning, that’s receiver Victor Cruz, who happens to be a native of nearby Paterson, N.J. The picture is also by Chris Pedota.
ASBURY PARK PRESS
The Asbury Park Press used a much looser crop of a Manning trophy shot for lead art today. I’m pretty sure this is the same Getty picture used today by AM New York.
The folks in the Asbury Park Design Studio used that same design on the front of three other papers it handles for Gannett:
From left to right:
- Home News Tribune of East Brunswick, circulation 31,252
- Daily Record of Parsippany, circulation 20,855
- Courier News of Bridgewater, circulation 16,261
Kiersten Schmidt of that design studio was kind enough to send along a couple of sports fronts today. Here is Asbury Park’s sports page today, featuring yet another Getty image.
And here is the sports front that ran in the the three smaller papers.
The picture is of Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes hugging coach Tom Coughlin while –as the caption says — they’re “doused with liquid.” I guess they had to phrase it that way because it doesn’t necessarily look like Gatorade.
Both sports fronts were designed by Kiersten and sports team leader Michael Johnson.
Let’s look at two more Giants-oriented front pages. And, what the heck — let’s choose pages that feature pictures of Manning holding up the Super Bowl trophy!
Here is the first of several you’ll find today using DÃ©jÃ vu as a headline motif.
That trophy-hoisting shot is from the McClatchy News Service.
And the Post of Bridgeport, Conn., decided to pun off of Manning’s name today.
The lead art is yet another shot by Getty’s Rob Carr.
REPRESENTING THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
While the red, white and blue confetti rains down on the New York Giants, the Patriots’ Tom Brady walks dejectedly off the field after his hail-Mary pass attempt with no time left on the clock failed to produce a touchdown.
The picture is by the Globe‘s Jim Davis. Robert Davis — no relation, most likely — designed the front.
Speaking of that hail Mary, just feast your eyes on the lead art of today’s sports section, also shot by Jim Davis.
An amazing shot. And a fabulous headline, as well, alluding to the two times, now, that the Giants have beaten the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
That page was designed by Luke Knox.
Luke also built the right two columns of this game recap page. Graphic artist Dave Butler built the left two-thirds of the page.
Unlike the Globe, the Herald focused its front-page attention on a picture of Brady walking dejectedly off the field.
Oh, wait. That’s not unlike the Globe.
The picture here is by Herald staffer Matthew West.
Metro built its front around a picture of… dare I even say it?
The picture is from Getty.
After all those trophy shots we saw of Manning, this mind-numbing front page sameness is kind of funny, right?
Well, hang on. We’re not quite done yet.
Moving away from Brady walking off while confetti drops, let’s look at shots of Brady reacting near the end of the game last night.
The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro gives us our thirdÂ DÃ©jÃ vu headline of the day — but, at least, it’s properly punctuated this time.
The photo is from the Associated Press.
CAPE COD TIMES
Cape Cod chose a great picture by Paul Sancya of the Assocated Press of Brady sitting flat on his ass.
It’s not indicated in the caption, but I wonder if this was after that last hail-Mary pass.
New Bedford, Mass.
The paper in New Bedford ran the same picture but cropped in even more tightly.
In fact, I think of these three, Cape Cod came out the best.
Unlike some designers, I don’t mind putting type over a picture. But only when there is something to be gained by doing so. In this case, the looser crop and the lack of type adds to the feeling of loneliness you get from these photos.
The Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine, found a great picture for its page-one art today. Coach Bill Belichick had conferred with Brady, late in the game. Belichick walks back to the sideline while Brady appears to be glancing back over his shoulder at his coach.
The picture is from the Associated Press.
BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA
The Star wrapped itself today with a 20-page special section. A picture by staffer Matt Kryger of Eli Manning in a shower of confetti filled the entire front,Â which was designed by design director Phil Mahoney.
Scott Goldman â€“ the Star‘s director of digital and visuals — was kind enough to send a few inside pages overnight. Like this one, examining the halftime show by Madonna.
Madonna promised no controversy and no wardrobe malfunctions in her show and that’s pretty much what we go. The one exception: A guest star who flipped off a TV camera. I’m surprised there were folks offended by that. In some states, I’m told, you can’t get a driver’s license unless you know how to use that finger.
The two larger pictures are by staffer Michelle Pemberton. The page was designed by Emily Kuzniar.
And then there was this fascinating sampling of who sat where and how much they paid for their seats. Scott tells us:
The “Seats” page, originally done by our friends at the Detroit Free Press, was a great idea and well done, again by Emily Kuzniar. Lead photo by Charlie Nye.
There are a few surprises tucked into that page. Like two-time Super Bowl champion Jim Plunkett, who dropped $19,200 on 16 primo seats.
Interestingly, Plunkett pulled for the Giants. Before he moved to the 49ers and then the Raiders, he spent five years with the Patriots. There’s an interesting story there, I’ll bet.
Inside that special section was the Star‘s regular front page. Which, yes, prominently featured the dismantling of downtown Indianapolis’ Super Bowl village, even as the game was starting.
The pictures there are by staffers Frank Espich, Joe Vitti and Mike Fender.
JOURNAL & COURIER
This is perhaps the best front page of the day, in terms of photo choice and headline.
The Getty picture is of punter Steve Weatherford, who set a new Super Bowl record last night by pinning the Patriots inside their own 10 yard line three times. He’d have done it a fourth, but a bad bounce put the ball over the goal line for a touchback.
The page was designed by Karen Taylor, I’m told.
That headline is fabulous. Just fabulous.
GREAT PHOTOS IN THE MAJOR DAILIES
When I worked at the Sporting News, we had an editor who didn’t believe in running trophy shots. His point: We’ve all seen a picture of someone holding up a trophy. That could be anybody, anywhere.
It’s pretty easy to poke holes in that opinion — hell, 80 percent of any sports photos look like clichÃ© shots. There are only so many ways to throw, catch or kick a football, y’know? Plus, the Sporting News was specifically a sports publication. General fans, on occasion, want to see their heroes celebrating with their trophy.
Still, in just the short time I was there, I formed a greater appreciation for action photos.
That all came flooding back to me this morning when I discovered that while I found myself bored with many of today’s A1 photo choices — as you can see by my snarky comments — several of the nation’s largest newspapers led their front pages today with action shots from the game.
And good ones, too!
Case in point: This wonderful picture by Getty’s Rob Carr shows that critical catch by Mario Manningham that put the Giants 38 yards closer to the goal line.
You’ll recall that Belichick challenged the call but it turned out Manningham indeed had possession and indeed got both feet down in bounds. It was perhaps the biggest play of the game.
That was lead art today on the front of the Wall Street Journal.
Here’s that same play — moments later, but from a similar angle — shot by Getty’s Andy Lyons.
That was four-column art today atop page one of the Washington Post.
Average daily circulation for the WSJ is 2,096,169. Average daily circulation for the Post is 507,465.
Similarly, a few moments later, Ahmad Bradshaw broke through the line — untouched, as far as I could tell — and ran to the goal line. Perhaps realizing it was just a little to early to score the winning touchdown just yet, he seemed to pause, turn around and squat. At that point, he went ahead and tumbled over backwards for the winning socre.
Here is that play, captured by Win McNamee of Getty Images.
That was lead art for today’s Los Angeles Times.
Here’s an angle from the other side of the field by Barton Silverman of the New York Times.
The NYT, too, ran that across four columns at the top of today’s front page.
Average daily circulation for the L.A. Times is 572,998. Average daily circulation for the New York Times is 1,150,589.
It’s not really an action shot, but I love this overall view from above of the playing field at Lucas Oil Stadium as the confetti was dropped immediately after the game.
That picture by Getty’s Andy Lyons was stripped above the nameplate of the Chicago Tribune today.
Average daily circulation of the Tribune is 425,370.
AND A FUN ONE TO CLOSE WITH
The Daily News led with a tight crop of this great Paul Sancya shot of Manning.
But just look at that whine:
Why is it never us?
No offense, Eagles fans. But you just have to laugh.
The Newsday wrap, the Boston Globe pages, the Asbury Park Design Studio pages and the Indianapolis Star pages are all from those respective papers. The Daily News front page is from PressDisplay.
The rest are all from the Newseum. Of course.
Previous NFL Super Bowl coverage here in the blog:
- Sunday, Jan. 23: Conference championship front pages
- Tuesday, Jan. 24: Indy Star kicks off its Super Bowl coverage with a fun A1 cartoon
- Tuesday, Jan. 31: Recap of a Poynter chat with Indy Star‘s Scott Goldman
- Thursday, Feb. 2: A look at several Super Bowl sports fronts by the Boston Globe
- Thursday, Feb. 2: Inside the Indy Star‘s Thursday Super Bowl special section
- Thursday, Feb. 2: USA Today‘s cut-out action figures of the Super Bowl quarterbacks
- Friday, Feb. 3: Cool Super Bowl roster graphics by Martin Gee of the Boston Globe
- Friday, Feb. 3: The Associated Press needed a copy editor for this interactive Super Bowl history
- Saturday, Feb. 4: All you need to know about the game is here, in this wacky Next Media Animation from Hong Kong
- Saturday, Feb. 4: Save yourself some time Sunday. The Giants say they’ve already won.
- Sunday, Feb. 5: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican can’t quite figure out the Roman numerals of today’s game
- Sunday, Feb. 5: Today is a lousy day if you’re a Packers fan. Perhaps this wonderful poster of MVP Aaron Rodgers will warm you up.
- Sunday, Feb. 5: A look at the day’s notable Super Bowl preview pages
- Sunday, Feb. 5: An inside view of the Super Bowl from the Indy Star‘s Scott Goldman.