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Sports Illustrated November 4, 2019

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2 min
bard knocks

READ REFLECTION By Tyler Lockett, available now When the Seahawks receiver isn’t catching passes from Russell Wilson—Lockett led the team in catches, receiving yards and touchdown grabs last year—he’s probably stringing rhymes together. Lockett, who started writing poetry as a high school senior in Tulsa, released his first book of poetry in October. Part anthology, part self-help book, Reflection is the result of introspection, and he opens up about subjects like anxiety, religion and sex. “When it comes to just being vulnerable, that’s the best way to be free,” the fifth-year pro says. “When you get scared to talk about certain things, you’re putting yourself in a place where those things start to control you.” Accompanying his poems are notes to himself (“If you created the monster, you can destroy the monster”), advice and…

2 min
faces in the crowd

OLIVIA HAMMAC Autocross Cape Canaveral, Fla. Olivia, 12, completed two runs in 138.832 seconds to win the Formula Junior B class at the SCCA Solo National Championship on Sept. 6. Driving a 2016 Margay Kart Ignite K3, Olivia became the first girl to claim a junior national title since the program was created in 2008. KYLE DUGGER Football Fayetteville, Ga. Dugger, a senior safety at Lenoir-Rhyne, had two punt return TDs of more than 60 yards each during a 63–6 victory over Wise on Oct. 5. Dugger’s two scores set the Bears’ record for career punt return yards (924), and he is the only player with two multi-TD return games in program history. EVANA RAMOS Volleyball Edinburg, Texas Evana, a junior libero at Edinburg North High, recorded 59 and 58 digs in consecutive wins over Welasco and Vela. Through 38 games,…

5 min
on the offensive

THIS IS the sports world in 2019: Last week, fans of the Italian soccer team Lazio were captured on video marching through the streets of Glasgow making Nazi salutes before a Europa League game against Celtic. Weeks earlier, Bulgarian supporters made the same gestures from the stands while hurling racially abusive language at England players at a Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia. The Italian soccer league has been plagued by fans yelling racist slurs at players all season; one club, Cagliari, has seen a several instances in recent years but has faced no serious punishment from Italian soccer authorities. The apparent rise of corrosive fan behavior isn’t just happening in soccer or outside the United States, either. There were several prominent incidents involving NBA fans who showed little respect for boundaries…

10 min
open and shut

Stephon Gilmore begins backpedaling before the ball is snapped. He knows that Robby Anderson, lined up as the third receiver in from the left side of the Jets’ formation, is going to run an over route. So Gilmore takes the liberty of running it for him, tracing a deep arc across the field. Gilmore is playing man coverage, but he’s so confident in knowing where the ball will go that his eyes aren’t on the man he’s covering—they are locked on the quarterback. Sure enough, when Sam Darnold’s pass comes out—hurried yet again by the Patriots’ zero blitz—the 29-year-old cornerback is on the receiving end. “I knew what was coming,” Gilmore says after the game, unable to stifle his grin. “I was the receiver on that play.” It was New England’s third interception…

15 min

HE IS 15 YEARS OLD. He should not be on the cover of this magazine. You should not be reading about him. He is slipping out of his bi-level house in a Ypsilanti, Mich., subdivision in the morning darkness, wearing a hoodie and holding a fork and a plate of waffles and eggs, just a teenager who snagged a few extra minutes of sleep. He climbs into the passenger seat of his father’s Ford Expedition, because he isn’t old enough to drive himself to school yet. It’s another mundane day in the life of a sophomore high school basketball player, except this one has a goal: “To try to be the best player—ever.” Magic, Michael, LeBron … Emoni? Well, kids are supposed to dream. Don’t hold it against him. But one assistant…

1 min
willie brown: 1940-2019

UNDRAFTED AS a linebacker out of Grambling, moved to cornerback and cut by the Houston Oilers, then picked up and traded by the Broncos, Willie Brown finally found a home in 1967 with the Raiders. Oakland’s tough-guy ethos was a perfect fit for the smothering bump-and-run coverage that Brown was known for. In the days before the NFL instituted the five-yard bump zone, Brown would hound receivers all over the field. “You would escape Willie’s first bump,” Hall of Famer Lance Alworth said in ’92, “and you thought you were free, and wham, you’d get it again—from where you didn’t expect it.” Brown—named to Paul Zimmerman’s All-Century NFL team in 1999—was big for a corner, weighing 195 pounds. But he also had an explosive quickness that allowed him to break on…