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Sports Illustrated September 9, 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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2 min
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A Fine Line OFFENSIVE LINEMEN who play for Army have it tougher than most college football players. They must navigate the rigors of service academy life and the intricacies of the triple-option offense. Cadets must also meet weight and body-fat standards in order to graduate, which puts them at a size disadvantage against nearly every D-lineman. The latest episode of Under the Cover (available now on SI.TV) features the grueling workouts Army linemen endure on the field and in the forests surrounding West Point. Their efforts helped the Black Knights finish second in the nation in rushing last season and win 11 games—the most in program history. With a matchup at Michigan looming in Week 2, you can be sure the O-line is ready. INSIDE LOOK Candid Cameras Remember the anticipation of dropping off…

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“ACTIVE SHOOTER!” I was very impressed by the courage that Keanon Lowe displayed in May when he successfully stopped an active shooter. The strong parenting by his mother, Jennifer Lowe, and the football training by his college coach at Oregon, Chip Kelly, helped prepare him for the events that he would encounter on that fateful day. There is a famous quote by William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night that I think describes Lowe well: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them.” Daniel May Whitefish Bay, Wis. FLIPPING OUT The women’s world high jump record is 6' 101⁄4”. Simone Biles reached a maximum height above the floor of 9' 1⁄2” when she did her triple-double floor-routine move at nationals (SCORECARD). While her entire body does not clear the 9' 1⁄2” mark,…

5 min
political football?

ANDREW LUCK’S decision to retire shocked many of our citizens, but maybe it shouldn’t have. Sure, quitting football is unusual for 29-year-old NFL stars, but it is becoming more common for Americans generally. The National Federation of State High School Associations released its annual report last week, which revealed that participation rates in sports overall declined for the first time in 30 years—including drops in basketball (notably girls’), baseball and football, which saw a decrease for the fifth straight year. In the last decade, 11-player football participation is down 9.5%, even as the population has grown by 7.5%. But a look inside the numbers tells a more nuanced—and more interesting—story. Football participation is up significantly in four states: Alabama (45%), Louisiana (56%), Oklahoma (15%) and Utah (9%). Those states all supported Donald…

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jim langer: 1948—2019

WHEN THE ’72 Dolphins completed the only perfect season in NFL history, Jim Langer was literally at the center of it. After all, as the lineman once told SI, “If we don’t snap the ball right, then the play is busted.” It isn’t the flashiest of responsibilities, but it says something about Langer that the center is one of just four Dolphins—along with Dan Marino, Paul Warfield and Jason Taylor—to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Langer was honorable mention All-America as a linebacker at South Dakota State, but he went undrafted. After the Browns cut him during training camp, Don Shula brought him to Miami as a backup in 1970. He ended up sticking around for a decade, teaming up with Bob Kuechenberg…

2 min
young and driven

WITH 23-YEAR-OLD Erik Jones’s win at Darlington in the wee hours of Labor Day, this year’s NASCAR playoff field is almost certainly going to be the youngest it’s been since opening up to 16 drivers in 2014. When he took the checkered flag at just before 2 a.m. in the rain-delayed race, Jones booked his ticket to the playoffs. With two spots up for grabs, the average age of the field is 31.4; four years ago it was 36.3. One notable absentee is 43-year-old Jimmie Johnson, who has to win Sunday at the Brickyard or miss the playoffs for the first time since NASCAR introduced them 15 years ago. But even if ol’ Seven Time makes the field, it will still likely be historically young. CHASE ELLIOTT AGE: 23 POINTS POSITION: 8TH The son…

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capital gains

WATCH WNBA PLAYOFFS Begins Sept. 11, ESPN networks The Mystics won just one playoff series in their first 19 seasons. But recently, that long-standing futility has given way to genuine success: After making the league semifinals in 2017, Washington reached its first WNBA Finals last season. But with star Elena Delle Donne playing through a knee injury, the Mystics were swept by the Seattle Storm, leaving the trophy case bare. For now. A year later the Mystics look ready to take the next step. Led by MVP favorite Delle Donne (far right), Washington’s devastating (and entertaining) offense leads the league in points per game, three pointers made and field goal percentage, and the Mystics’ average point differential of 11.9 is the third best in league history. They also set a WNBA single-season record with…