Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated August 26, 2019

Through emotional storytelling and award-winning photography, Sports Illustrated provides you with complete coverage of all your favorite sports, including the NFL, College Football, Baseball, College Basketball, the NBA and more.

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now on si digital

You Look Good for 150 FROM POP WARNER to Nick Saban, from Rutgers versus Princeton to Alabama versus Clemson, from no helmets to leather to state-of-the-art headgear, college football has come a long way since its inception in 1869, evolving from a campus oddity into a national fascination. In honor of the sport’s 150th year, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has ranked everything that is great about college football—15 lists in all—from programs to pizza joints to individual performances. Our writers pooled their years of reporting and experiences in venues large and small to highlight the game’s best moments and chart its growth into a colossus that generates billions of dollars in revenue, sparks heated debates and powers rivalries that have only increased in intensity. THE BIG INTERVIEW The New Normal In the latest installment of SI…

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that ’20s show

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MORTAL COMBAT We’ve always known that boxers risk death (SCORECARD), but that doesn’t mean more can’t be done to protect them. The length of bouts seems to be a huge factor. Why are main events 10 or 12 rounds? Olympic bouts last only three. Could something be implanted in gloves that could measure the force with which punches land? How about having fighters examined by doctors between rounds? Let’s do what we can to protect these athletes. Steven Chappell North Syracuse, N.Y. Greg Bishop stated that Muhammad Ali wasn’t a “defensive specialist.” When he floated like a butterfly, Ali made avoiding a punch look easy. Dean Garland Overland Park, Kans. COVER I just finished your latest issue on the role of quarterbacks in college football. I expected to get to know the cover subject, Oregon QB Justin Herbert,…

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open season

YOU PERHAPS thought that tennis was an individual sport featuring head-to-head matches. But the most gripping theater in the sport—or in all sports, we would submit—is a race among three men. The derby pitting Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (18) and Novak Djokovic (16) against each other to see who can win the most major singles titles is also a de facto battle for the title of men’s tennis GOAT. That the three most accomplished male players of all time compete contemporaneously means that we have the good fortune to regularly witness their greatness. It also means that every major now comes freighted with historic importance. And the margins are impossibly slim. Last month at Wimbledon, Federer held match point against Djokovic in the fifth set of their spellbinding final. Federer reared…

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cedric benson 1982–2019

ONE OF the most prolific rushers in college football history, Cedric Benson died on Aug. 17 in a motorcycle accident in Austin, where the 36-year-old had become a Longhorns legend in the early 2000s. A four-year starter, Benson rushed for 5,540 yards, second only to Ricky Williams in Texas history (and still ninth all time in the FBS). As a senior in 2004, he averaged 152.8 yards per game; his regular-season low was a 92-yard game against Oklahoma. And in his collegiate finale, the consensus All-American and Doak Walker Award winner helped the Vince Young–led Longhorns to a thrilling 38–37 win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Three months later Benson was drafted fourth overall by the Bears, beginning his rocky NFL career. Injuries and clashes with management plagued his three seasons…

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flipping out

THE SIMPLE answer is, No, Simone Biles does not defy the laws of physics, even if slow motion replays of her newest skill might make it look that way. She may, however, be approaching the limits of human performance. Analyzing the video of Biles’s incredible tumbling pass, David Young, a professor of physics at LSU, roughly calculated what it might take for the gymnast to go a step further. Given Biles’s hang time is approximately 1.3 seconds, to fit in a theoretical third flip (and make it a triple-triple), Young estimates her launch speed would need to reach 22.6 mph; that’s 8 mph faster than her estimated speed on this pass. If Biles wanted to add a twist instead, to make it a quad-double tuck, she would need to be in…