The reigning Super Bowl Champion NY Giants’ #1 receiver broke his toe in a workout on Thursday, sidelining him for at least 12 weeks and possibly putting him out of commission for the September 5th opener against their division rival, the Dallas Cowboys. Also on Thursday, Tim Tebow, backup (?) QB for a team that didn’t even make the playoffs last year, participated in his first OTA, chucking the ball around sans pads. Which story is ostensibly more important to the average New Yorker?
Peter King over at SI.com ventured to answer this question based on the coverage of five major New York newspapers. He tallied up the word count of each publication’s respective stories, and the results are, depending on your point of view, either surprising or utterly unsurprising.
King found that the newspapers devoted a total of 2,104 to Nicks’ injury, while a whopping 6,971 words captured Tebow’s first throwing session in front of the media.
Tebow may not be so good at football fundamentals and mechanics, but he sure is good at stealing the show, even in the largest of markets.