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The [Wednesday] Papers

I like checking out the way sporting events are written up in the opposition media just to get a sense of how the other side sees things, as well as a reminder to my own readers of the way sports coverage is delivered through a hometown prism not unlike the partisan prism that people tend to interpret politics through. So here's what the Cleveland Plain Dealer had to say about Tuesday night's World Series opener:

Regular season, postseason, it doesn't matter. The Kluber Express continues to roll.

And it always helps to have Andrew Miller in the bullpen and Roberto Perez squatting behind the plate.

Kluber threw six scoreless innings Tuesday night and Perez hit two homers as the Indians beat the Cubs, 6-0, in Game 1 of the World Series at Progressive Field. The win made manager Terry Francona 9-0 in World Series games and gave the Indians an 8-1 record in this postseason.

In four starts this postseason, Kluber is 3-1 with a 0.74 ERA. In his last 22 starts, he's 15-3.

Wow, it's as if the Cubs don't even exist!


Also from the Plain Dealer:

With the Indians three wins away from a World Series championship, 7-Eleven is getting into the let's offer Tribe fans free or discounted food game.

The convenience store is offering its Big Bite Hot Dogs at its nearly 100 Cleveland-area locations for 68 cents during the run of the World Series. Why 68 cents? Because the Indians last won the Fall Classic in 1948. And 2016 minus 1948 equals 68. Get it? Would selling the hot dogs, normally around $2, for 48 cents have made more sense? Perhaps, but hey, quarter-pound hot dogs don't grow on trees.

(7-Eleven is running a deal in Chicago as well: $1.08 for a Big Bite Hot Dog and Big Gulp in honor of the 108 years since the Cubs last won the Series.)

I did not know that. I had to read the Cleveland press to find out! But the PD's Joey Morona just couldn't leave well enough alone.

"Now that's we call a home run," a clever press release said.

Really, Joey? Does that pass for clever in Cleveland?


Remember: Without the "r," Cleveland isn't clever.


I just made that up.


Though I can't be the first.


Willette: So Cub fans pay more because they had to wait longer - haven't they suffered long enough? If KC were playing hot dogs would be a penny!


P.S.: "In other free World Series food news, Eat n' Park is offering diners wearing Indians gear free Smiley Cookies with their meals at its Northeast Ohio locations. And, remember, you can pick up a free Doritos Loco Taco at Taco Bell on Nov. 2 from 2-6 p.m. thanks to Francisco Lindor's stolen base in the first inning of Game 1."


By the way, the lead news story in Cleveland this morning, besides the World Series and the Cavaliers home opener:

The schemes described in a federal indictment against former MetroHealth executive Edward Hills and three former hospital dentists undertook were complex, intertwined and lasted for years.

They also involved about $250,000, much of which was taxpayer money. Meanwhile, Hills was being paid increasingly larger six-figure salaries for his work at the hospital system.

The U.S. Attorney's Office laid out its accusations in a 93-page indictment unsealed Tuesday, following the arrest of Hills and dentists Sari Alqsous, Yazan Al-Madani and Tariq Sayegh. The charges say the men steered MetroHealth clients and resources toward their private businesses and forced prospective residents to pay them bribes in exchange for preferential treatment.


Finally, the continuing self-inflicted struggle for newspapers is real:

That's the top of the site. Nice branding.


Idea: A national fund - be it Kickstarter or foundation money - to support the retrofits of newspaper websites in order that they may flourish instead of leaving so much money on the table. Perhaps an infrastructure fund!


The New York Times has a nice, if flawed, site, and the Washington Post has made strides, but that's about it for the industry.

And, of course, design doesn't exist in a bubble, so any retrofitting must include an editorial/content retrofit - for example, the introduction of my patent-pending "every beat a blog" concept, disaggregating "sections," and tripling down on stables of verticals and niches.


World Series Notebook 2: Choke Job
Lester set the tone, Maddon set the lineup, and Schwarber set something, what we're not sure.


AT&T Spying On Americans For Profit
Oh, ho-hum, just more out-of-control mass surveillance, no big whoop.



See also:


What I Watched Last Night: Blades Of Bad-Assery
"Given my total lack of aptitude for anything involving tools, I'm always interested in seeing how true craftsmen end up manufacturing awesome shit out of basically nothing," our very own Scott Buckner writes.

"If I learned anything from the three-round, $10,000 winner-take-all elimination competition between four bladesmiths that is Forged in Fire, it was this: It might take a village to raise a child, but it takes a guy with an anvil to arm the village."



Cubs Fan Ready To Get Completely Drunk Again On Only Two Days' Rest.


There's a lot going on here.


Logan Square.


Chicago magazine has wisely asked him to do this for its (nicely designed) website for every World Series game.


A sampling.


I don't remember that. Are you sure?


The Beachwood Tronc Line: Cleverer.


Posted on October 26, 2016

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