Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Nets-Knicks game makes tabloid back covers (and Jay-Z/Beyoncé front of Post), as Ridge Hill gets a pass

The Brooklyn Nets narrowly won the big game yesterday with the New York Knicks, evening the season series, closing the gap to one game behind their rivals, and capping a remarkable 11-2 resurgence under Coach P.J. Carlesimo, who replaced Avery Johnson, fired less than a month ago.

As the graphics at right and below indicate, the news made the back page of the city's two tabloids.

Well, it was the big Sports story locally.

Then again, it's curious how none of the city's newspapers have the interest and/or resources to write about the bizarre situation in Yonkers, where Barclays Center developer Forest City Ratner managed to create an apparently improper parking regime--meters and tickets--on private streets at its Ridge Hill complex.

The first couple?

Meanwhile, while most news outlets understandably put President Barack Obama (and First Lady Michelle Obama) on the cover, the New York Post went with... Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

The article was headlined Barack who!? Pols fawn over Beyoncé, Jay-Z at inaugural:
Washington’s power brokers were star struck yesterday — not by the president or first lady but by the entertainment world’s first couple, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
Fawning politicians scrambled for the their cellphones to snap photos of the sexy siren and her hip-hop-mogul hubby at President Obama’s inauguration.
...Among those swooning was Rep. Peter King, the Long Island Republican who normally spends his time railing against terrorists. He was caught snapping Beyoncé as she and Jay-Z strolled out of the Capitol — right past him — to take their seats.
...Twitter exploded with Beyoncé-mania as she belted out the anthem, leaving Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas clapping vigorously and fans on the Mall demanding an encore.
[Update: It turns out that Beyoncé lip-synched the national anthem.]

Well, America does like to be entertained. But surely Bruce Ratner, when in 2003 he signed Jay-Z up to own a fraction of team, never expected such good fortune.


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