|The owners of the N.Y. Giants and N.Y. Jets have rejected an offer of $10 million to rename their new East Rutherford stadium "The Tidy Bowl."|
Editor Francis Scandale is so bored by the looming budget battle in Trenton, he knocked it down to the bottom of Page 1 today in favor of two breaking stories -- both about sports and, as he likes to say, the "business of sports."
The Record's talented photographers apparently had nothing of front-page quality on Monday, so the Williams tennis sisters get the nod.
The off-lead on a naming deal for the New Meadowlands Stadium is a rewrite of a story that first appeared in something called the Sports Business Journal, but Staff Writer John Brennan pestered Scandale until he agreed to run it outside.
"I'm not going to stop snapping your jock strap until you tell me this is going on A-1," Brennan howled as he held down the editor.
At the top of A-1, Citigroup gets robbed of $19 million by a former vice president from Englewood Cliffs -- cheered on by all those homeowners who pay exorbitant interest to banks on their 30-year mortgages.
After running a Mike Kelly column that urged the shutdown of Tereboro Airport, or at least a ban on noisy business jets, the editors buckled under pressure and run a propaganda piece about the airport on A-9 today.
Unfortunately, many residents of Hackensack and other towns near the airport can't pick up the paper to read the OpEd piece, because their hands are covering their ears as Teterboro jets scream or roar overhead.
This is local news?
Governor Christie apparently has succeeded in giving away NJN, but the only notice in the paper today is a column on the Local front, the pride and joy of head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes.
Meanwhile, inside pages are padded with a Hasbrouck Heights photo-op for Lt. Gov. Kim Guadano (L-2), and two non-fatal fire stories and photos (both L-3).
Apparently reacting to how little Hackensack news has appeared in The Record since it moved to Woodland Park, the city is hiring a public relations person, according to a story on L-5.
Meanwhile, surveyors were at work over the weekend at 150 River St. and 80 River St., Hackensack, in preparation for demolition of The Record's landmark building to make way for a Walmart.
At Main and Anderson streets in Hackensack, workmen continue painting the Sears building in a brown-and-buff color scheme that dresses up what for many years was merely a huge, forlorn pile of bricks.
Big letters etched into the tower spell out: