Gators Win, Readers Lose

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Ripoff

With UF winning its second straight championship, our dailies didn't really try to be clever with their headlines. The Palm Beach Post were the most flamboyant with "Sweet Repeat for Gators." (See, "sweet" and "repeat" rhyme.) Sun-Sentinel settled with "Champs Again." And the Miami Herald went with minimalistic "Gators Win." The best headline in the state came from Jacksonville's lowly Florida Times-Union: "Two Sweet."

True that. Ohio State tried. Oden had a monster game, outplaying Horford, Noah, Richard, and whoever that other guy was combined. What doomed them was their yippy threes. While they couldn't find the sweet spot, Brewer and Humphrey were dropping long balls like they were in their backyards. Billy Donovan is the rebirth of Rick Pitino, his mentor, circa 1996 (when the Kentucky team B.D. once assistant-coached went to three straight championship games, winning two -- let's see Florida match that, by the way). UK wants Donovan; I seriously doubt that will happen.

Anyway, back to those front pages. The Herald has five stories on the front, about the aforementioned game, a Broward school bus driver killing

another driver on a student trip, Haitian immigration, a missing Coral Springs FBI agent in Iran, and rat infestation at the airport. Not a bad menu to choose from. The Post steps up with articles on the game, water restrictions, a neighborhood dispute, GOP campaign financing, and an important Supreme Court decision allowing the government to restrict auto emissions. No reader can feel cheated with that selection.

How about the Sentinel? Well, it has a big picture of the game (of Noah at his most obnoxious) without a story, an article about water restrictions, and a piece about a feud between property appraisers. All the rest is teases and blurbs and little photos.

No wonder we Sentinel readers feel ripped off every morning.

The moral: Anybody worried about Chicago billionaire Sam Zell buying Sentinel's mother company, Tribune Co., can rest easy. This newspaper cannot get any worse.

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