Sports Illustrated Kids January/February 2021

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in this issue

1 min
freeze frame

YOU AGAIN? December 8, 2020 · Barcelona, Spain When Juventus met Barcelona in the Champions League, it was the first time Cristiano Ronaldo (far left) faced off against Lionel Messi since 2018, when Ronaldo departed Real Madrid. The Juventus star got the best of his old rival, scoring twice on penalty kicks in a 3–0 win. It was the 36th time the two went head to head. Messi now has 16 wins, Ronaldo has 11, and there have been nine draws. YAS INDEED! December 12, 2020•Abu Dhabi, UAE Lewis Hamilton was in position to go out for a relaxing night drive on the Yas Marina Circuit during the final race of the Formula 1 season. Hamilton had clinched his seventh season championship four weeks earlier with a win in the Turkish Grand Prix. His third-place…

4 min
losing is more fun

WINNING IS OVERRATED. Sure, losing stinks for the players. For fans, however, being bad has its advantages. For one thing, there is only one kind of winning that truly satisfies: winning “the big one.” For better or worse, sports in North America revolve around championships. Teams that make short-sighted moves can always say that “flags fly forever.” No player, no matter how good, can be the GOAT unless they’ve got the rings. In fact, rooting for a good team that never goes all the way can be a kind of sports purgatory. The San Jose Sharks have made the playoffs in 21 out of their 28 seasons of existence, but have never won the Stanley Cup. (The closest they got was the finals in 2016–17.) Would Sharks fans trade 20 good…

1 min
tweet the mets

FOR YEARS NOW the phrase “LOLMets” propagated online in response to the many misfortunes of New York’s less successful baseball team. They traded a top prospect for Robinson Canó, who got suspended for PED use. They included two living players in a memorial slideshow for deceased members of the 1969 World Series team. Yoenis Céspedes broke his ankles after falling in a hole at his ranch. (This all really happened.) Now, however, the Mets have a new owner, Steve Cohen, the richest in MLB. And he’s already doing his part to make sure people are laughing with the Mets, not at them. Cohen has jumped on social media to interact with fans. Money can’t buy you everything, but it does afford you the ability to make jokes on Twitter and…

1 min

JANUARY 2 San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. turns 22. 12 Allisha Gray of the Dallas Wings is 26 years old. 13 Oilers captain Connor McDavid celebrates his 24th birthday. 16 Los Angeles Angels 1B/DH Albert Pujols turns 41 years old. 22 Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jason Peters is 39 years old. FEBRUARY 8 Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is 32 years old. 10 Outfielder Max Kepler of the Minnesota Twins turns 28. 14 Professional surfer Caroline Marks is 19 years old. 19 Team USA softball catcher Dejah Mulipola turns 23. 22 Atlanta Hawks point guard Rajon Rondo is 35. JAMIE SCHWABEROW (TATIS); CHRISTOPHER HANEWINCKEL/USA TODAY SPORTS (MCDAVID); DALE ZANINE/USA TODAY SPORTS (JONES); KIRBY LEE/USA TODAY SPORTS (MARKS)…

1 min
bryce wettstein

BIRTHPLACE: ENCINITAS, CALIF. BIRTH DATE: JANUARY 10, 2004 SPORT: SKATEBOARDING When Bryce steps onto her skateboard, she goes into discovery mode. “You aren’t required to fall in someone else’s territory,” she says. “I always think it’s like magic and imagination, so I say imagicination.” She can get lost practicing on the vert ramp or the Iguana Bowl in her backyard (right). (The latter honors the family’s late 22-year-old pet iguana, Spike.) In October 2019, Bryce won the Women’s Park National Championship and became the U.S.’s top-ranked park skater, putting her in contention to make the Olympic team. She will resume her qualifying efforts in 2021, the first year skateboarding will be in the Summer Games. Are YOU a SportsKid? If you think you have what it takes to be a SportsKid of the Month, have…

2 min
drawing snowballers

SIK: How long did it take you to draw Snowballers III? KM: It was long. Let me get the calculator out.… I’ll say 30 hours total. Which was your favorite Snowballers character to draw? James Harden is really fun to draw. Physical attributes like a big beard make it easy to make him recognizable when you’re doing little panels. Someone like Russell Westbrook is a little harder because he’s just kind of, like, plainly handsome. So it’s more subtle. How did you design the costumes? Obviously, it was kind of riffing on Game of Thrones. It kind of gets simplified as you draw panel to panel. And it has to be not too complicated, because you have to draw it over and over again. The more bells and whistles you put on, the more you’ll…