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Sports Illustrated November 4, 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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27 Edities

IN DEZE EDITIE

3 min.
october mode

THE GREATNESS of baseball is that even as the men in ties do their damnedest to alienate fans, the play of the men in cleats never stops reminding us why we love the game. This October gave us Juan Soto, now just days past his 21st birthday, showing off Ted Williams’s skill set and Willie Mays’s smile. We haven’t seen a young hitter with Soto’s pitch recognition, plate discipline and power at ages 19 and 20 in generations. Soto hit the game-tying blast off Clayton Kershaw that set up the Nationals’ NL Division Series win, then another game-tying homer off Gerrit Cole to key a victory in Game 1 of the World Series. Cole, beaten by Soto but not broken, finished off a dominant run of second-half starts by throwing seven innings…

2 min.
inbox

AMAZING ACE In the summer of 1969, I was experiencing my first season of Mets appreciation. Tom Verducci’s article re-created the long-forgotten effort and teamwork of the entire squad, as well as the sheer brilliance of Tom Seaver’s pitching. However, I have never forgotten the pandemonium on the field after the clincher, nor the little piece of Shea turf that I nurtured in my garage throughout the following winter! Robert Gurman New York City Beautiful article, but the 1969 Mets were not the most unlikely World Series champions. That honor goes to the 1914 “Miracle” Boston Braves, who, after finishing 311/2 games back in 1913 and being in last place on July 18, caught fire, won the NL pennant by 101/2 games and then swept the Philadelphia Athletics. Campbell Gibson Alexandria, Va. The only baseball story in…

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…

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…

1 min.
ca-niner nation

TINY TEETH MARKS cover the furniture inside the office of Austin Moss, the 49ers’ director of player engagement. Small stuffed animals and squeaky toys are strewn about the room. Moss might sit behind the desk, but it’s clear the room really belongs to Zoë the Frenchie. At the urging of several players, Moss adopted the tiny French bulldog as a puppy last season, making her the NFL’s first emotional support dog working in player engagement, the department that helps players with their off-field lives. Zoë is in the process of completing her formal training to become a certified American Kennel Club Therapy Dog, but she’s already making an impact. Her official Instagram account—10,000 followers and counting—shows her cuddling up to Niners such as Nick Bosa and Jimmy Garoppolo. “This is a very…

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…