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Sports Illustrated September 23, 2019

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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…

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…

1 min
an arm (and a leg)

IN SOME ways Grayson Rodriguez has been rising quickly. Drafted with the 11th pick by the Orioles in 2018, Rodriguez posted a 2.68 ERA with 129 strikeouts over 94 innings for Class A Delmarva (Md.) and was named one of Baseball America’s top 100 prospects. But long before Rodriguez had O’s fans buzzing, his parents were laying the groundwork for his career with steep investments. For a look at what that can entail, his father, Gilbert—who runs an interior design business with his wife, Temple, near their home in Nacogdoches, Texas—shared with SI estimates of expenses from Grayson’s T-ball days through his first pro contract, valued at $4.3 million. Given the increasing prevalence of travel ball and private coaching, the sums are most likely familiar to parents of other big…

10 min
what’s it worth to wear the star?

As lunch wraps up, the Cowboys Club, the social space and restaurant in the team’s Frisco, Texas–based headquarters, is humming along in comfortable silence. Transparent fireplaces in the entryway and near the bar flicker, highlighting the dark, hardwood floors. The pillows on the brown and silver custom-made furniture are all fluffed the same way, indented in the center. There’s an aroma of essential oils, and a spa sound track plays from ceiling speakers. Olaf Nicolai originals hang on the walls. Professionals are finishing their meals or tapping on laptops across the long, rectangular dining and meeting space. They’ve paid a membership fee and survived a rigorous application process—candidates must reapply annually—for the right to be here. Not to mention the right to have access to the field below, where the most…

13 min
spread the word

BUDDY BREAUX watched LSU play Texas from the far reaches of Darrell K Royal Stadium, the tip-top of the upper deck, in the “next county,” he says with a laugh. But no distance, big or small, could keep him from recognizing a truth about what he was seeing below: His LSU Tigers football team looked different. There were rarely snaps under center. There were no fullbacks and sometimes there were even no running backs. There were—gulp—no huddles. There were as many as five receivers on the field. There were crossing routes and verticals. There were deep ins and deep outs. There was, unfathomably, the spread offense. “All of my friends… we’re looking at each other pinching ourselves. ‘Is this real?’” says Breaux, 69, a past president of the Tiger Gridiron Club. “A…

28 min
the peggy show

ON THE morning he learned his bank account had been drained, Rashad McCants couldn’t afford doughnuts. As a rookie at Timberwolves training camp in the fall of 2005 it was his duty to snag a couple boxes of breakfast treats before practice, as assigned by the team’s unquestioned alpha, Kevin Garnett. So when the 21-year-old guard reported to the locker room empty-handed—unable to cover even a single cruller—he got blasted with a KG earful. “No way you don’t have money,” McCants recalls Garnett barking. “I’m not trying to hear that s---!” McCants was baffled too. Six months after leading North Carolina to the NCAA title as a junior and declaring for the NBA draft, at which the T-Wolves took him at No. 14, he’d just received the first check from his…