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Sports Illustrated December 2, 2019

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2 min
true to form

TIM HEALY, the CEO of TackleBar football, wonders if we should start thinking of youth football like we do baseball. Kids progress from a league where they hit off a tee, to a league where the coaches pitch, to one where kids pitch on a condensed field and finally to a comparable version of baseball that we see at the professional level. In football, the equivalent would be a few years of flag football before transitioning to the full-contact game that, numbers show, is scaring off parents at an alarming rate. So how about a transitional game in between flag and tackle? In TackleBar leagues, players wear a harness wrapped around their midsections that holds into place a pair of foam bars that sit against their lower backs. The play ends when…

15 min
eyes on the tiger

WHEN HE was a boy, he imagined a different storybook fairy tale. Joe Burrow dreamed of suiting up for the college football team he had rooted for all his life, where his father and two older brothers had played. He grew up in The Plains, Ohio, became a star quarterback in high school and led his team to a state championship game appearance. In his dreams he would go on to lift the once-proud program that he revered—Nebraska—back to prominence. Maybe, when his imagination got carried away, even to a national championship. But Burrow’s dream was not meant to be. The Cornhuskers wouldn’t even give him a look. “They were questioning his arm strength and whatever,” says Joe’s brother Dan, a Huskers safety in the early 2000s. “All Joe ever wanted to…

5 min

MIKE TYSON hit the canvas, and in 1990 it took the world a beat to realize what had happened. Tyson’s knockout loss to Buster Douglas—widely regarded as the biggest upset in boxing history—happened a hemisphere away, in Tokyo, in a pre-Internet era when gathering information meant getting ink-stained fingertips and highlights were held hostage by SportsCenter. Nearly 30 years later, inside a sold-out Madison Square Garden last June, Anthony Joshua went down, his unblemished record erased by a barrage of Andy Ruiz punches, and hot takes scorched smartphones before his trunks hit the mat. Clips, viewed by the millions, surged through social media. Even before Ruiz’s hand was raised, Joshua was trending on Twitter. This is losing, 2019 style. Ruiz, a flabby, 15–1 underdog who lobbied for the fight by sliding…

2 min
faces in the crowd

KALIN BENNETT ▸ Basketball ▸ Little Rock Bennett, a 6' 11" freshman center at Kent State, became the first player with autism to score in a Division I game, finishing with two points in a 97–58 win over Hiram. The 16th-ranked prospect in Arkansas, he was also the first recruit with autism to sign a letter of intent with a D-I school. PARIS BARRERA ▸ Cross-country ▸ Lander, Wyo. Paris, a freshman at Wyoming Indian High, won the state Class 2A championship in 20:13.57, beating three-time champ Hailey Jones to help the Chiefs win their first girls’ team title. She also won back-to-back races at the Lakota Nation Invitational and 5 Rivers Conference Meet. ZIMARI MANNING ▸ Football ▸ Long Beach, Calif. Manning, a senior wide receiver at Division II Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas, caught six passes for 109 yards…

1 min
harrison dillard 1923-2019

FOR ALL the attention that Jesse Owens received for striking a blow against racial intolerance by winning the gold medal in the 100 meters in 1936 in Berlin, there’s a certain irony that the man who would ultimately follow Owens as the Olympic champion in that event—12 years later, after two Games were canceled—served his country in World War II in a segregated unit. Like Owens, Harrison Dillard attended Cleveland’s East Tech High. He then went on to Baldwin-Wallace, where his studies were interrupted by the war. He served as a sharpshooter with the 92nd Infantry, an all-black regiment known as the Buffalo Soldiers. After his service, Dillard competed in a G.I. Olympic competition, where Gen. George Patton called him, “the best goddam athlete I’ve ever seen.” After returning to B-W, Dillard…

2 min
tall tales

MORE AT SI.COM SI: You have a two-way contract with the Celtics and the Maine Red Claws of the G-League. How is it working out? TF: Great. I go back and forth between [Portland] and Boston. The NBA is the best league in the world. But [with the Red Claws] I am playing 25 minutes, working on my game, staying in shape. SI: You drive yourself? TF: Of course! SI: How do you like Portland? TF: Aside from the cold? I like it. There’s actually a big African community here. SI: On Oct. 26, you made your NBA debut at Madison Square Garden. What was that like? TF: Man, while I was sitting on the bench, I was tapping some of my teammates on the side. I’m like, “This is crazy. I am actually in the NBA playing…