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Sports Illustrated September 23, 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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1 min.
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It’s the Freak’s Show GIVEN THE wide variety of candidates and the depth of analytical resources available, ranking the top 100 NBA players is an exhaustive exercise. But for the seventh consecutive year the SI staff did just that, using a combination of subjective assessment and objective data. The evaluators attempted to view each player in a vacuum, independent of his role with his current team. In other words, they weren’t assessing James Harden (No. 5) as a Rocket, but as a concept. Incoming rookies were not included. In the end, a new name topped the list: Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks dethroned LeBron James (No. 3), who had held the spot six years running. For the complete rankings, as well as analysis and breaking news from around the league, go…

2 min.

TICKET: TO HEAVEN Steve Rushin’s article was just the ticket. It prompted me to recall many great memories at arenas, as well as loved ones, and venues, lost. My dream ticket was to Game 7 of the 1991 World Series at the old Metrodome in Minneapolis. I still have the stub. Writing may never be my meal ticket, as it is for Rushin. Yet just as I love a great sports performance seen live, I always appreciate fine prose when I read it. Eric Utter Burnsville, Minn. This story brought back hundreds of childhood and early-adulthood memories of the anticipation felt while holding a paper ticket to an upcoming game or concert. While these tickets have gone by the wayside, as a grandfather, I have saved every ticket to my grandson’s ball games. I…

4 min.
a new benchmark

LAST WEEK the NBA’s reigning champions announced a personnel change: After two seasons as a data analyst for the Raptors, Brittni Donaldson was promoted to an assistant coaching role. Just five years after the Spurs prompted widespread headlines (and much pigheaded skepticism) by hiring ex–WNBA star Becky Hammon as the first female assistant coach in NBA history, coverage of Toronto’s move was relatively muted. That’s largely because Donaldson, 26, became the 10th woman on an NBA bench and the fifth hired this offseason alone. Meanwhile, among the 1,400-plus full-time basketball coaches in 351 Division I men’s programs, there is only one woman: Edniesha Curry, a Maine assistant hired last year. (There are several in administrative positions.) Before Curry there had been just three, beginning with Bernadette Mattox on Rick Pitino’s early…

1 min.
homer, sweet homer

WITH A 443-foot blast to leftfield at Camden Yards on Sept. 11, Orioles infielder Jonathan Villar made history, hitting major league baseball’s record-setting 6,106th home run of the season. The feat followed the Twins’ and the Yankees’ both breaking the single-season team mark (267, set last year) with nearly a month still to play. If balls keep disappearing at the current pace, the number of homers hit only this year would account for more than 2.2% of the long balls in history and exceed the total from baseball’s first 19 seasons. Home runs have, of course, become more prevalent over time. Of the 307,000-plus belted during MLB’s 143 seasons, almost half have come within the last three decades—from the “steroids era” to the current so-called juiced-ball age. MLB has scientists analyzing…

2 min.
sweet spots

THE LEGEND wafts through baseball like the aroma from a bakery. If the rumors are true, the most amazing achievement in baseball history occurred in 2016, in the visiting clubhouse at what was then known as AT&T Park. Adam Jones, did you really eat a dozen glazed doughnuts before a game, then go 1 for 4? “Where have you heard this from?” demands Jones, then of the Orioles and now of the Diamondbacks. “That’s legendary-type stuff.” Maybe it’s better left a mystery. But there’s little doubt that the purest, most joyful tradition in the major leagues is that of Day Game Doughnuts. No one knows how it began, but nearly every team partakes. Baseball players are not, perhaps, the professional athletes most likely to treat their bodies as temples. “We’re all fat,” says…

1 min.
all out

READ MY LIFE ON THE LINE: HOW THE NFL DAMN NEAR KILLED ME AND ENDED UP SAVING MY LIFE By Ryan O’Callaghan, with Cyd Zeigler, available now Football gave Ryan O’Callaghan a scholarship to Cal and the chance to earn millions in the NFL, but it also afforded him something far more important: a place to hide. As a closeted gay man, his helmet and pads became tools of deception. “There are lots of other macho sports out there,” the former Patriots and Chiefs tackle writes, “but none of them carry the aura of tough-guy straightness that football has.” Becoming a standout offensive lineman presented its own challenges: In locker rooms, particularly in the NFL, O’Callaghan had to navigate constant talk of women and sexual conquests. The burden of his secret—combined with the physical…