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Sports Illustrated February 2021

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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.
stars aligned

ELECTRIC SLIDE Josh Gibson (crossing the plate during a Negro leagues All-Star Game in 1944) may well be the best power-hitting catcher—any league, any era. He was known as the Black Babe Ruth, though some who saw him play refer to the Bambino as the white Josh Gibson. AVERAGE HERO According to his Hall of Fame plaque, Gibson hit almost 800 career home runs. That will be hard to confirm, but once MLB verifies his .441 average in 1943, Gibson will own the highest single-season mark in big league history. DO LOOK BACK Between 1948 and ’52, a past-his-prime Satchel Paige (with the Kansas City Monarchs, c. 1940) won 28 games in the American League. With his Negro leagues victories counted as official stats, his major league career total will grow to at least 170. CROWD-PLEASERS If…

6 min.
taking on the ncaa

I GOT INTO the college of my dreams because of a 4.0 and 1,600. Not GPA and SAT, but yards per carry and receiving yards. Well actually, that is a slight exaggeration. Forgive me—the older I get, the better I was. I was, however, a high school All-America football player, earning a scholarship to play tight end at Stanford. I would not be where I am today without football. I am not talking simply about what I do as a U.S. senator—though that, too—but who I am. I poured so much of my early life into a sport that returned to me gifts beyond my imagination. Football taught me about character, honor, leadership, discipline, grit and so much more. The men I played with, who coached me, believed in me, taught me and demanded…

1 min.
saints’ days

WATCH “TO BE a Saint you have to love everyone.” So says Aiden, one of the central players in the new Netflix documentary We Are: The Brooklyn Saints, which follows a youth football program in the East New York neighborhood of the borough through a season. The fly-on-the-wall look at young athletes from hardscrabble areas is hardly a novel concept, but what elevates this four-part series (apart from the excellent direction of Emmy winner Rudy Valdez) are the offhand moments of genuine sweetness. Whether it’s the teddy-bearish Aiden (54, above) boasting he was “raised for hell week” as the 9U team gets ready for its last week of practice before the opener, or a coach calming an upset player, or one teammate telling another to take out his mouth guard at…

2 min.
stay hungry

THE DODGERS, Lakers, Storm and Lightning—these are just a few of the teams that triumphed and brought home championship trophies in 2020. But after reaching the pinnacle, how do the pros find the drive to try for another title just a few months later? Or, on the other hand, as the new year unfolds, how does one unearth motivation after a period of uncertainty and unrest? Whether you’re coming off a major high or low, the approach is the same, according to performance expert and author of the new book The Art of Impossible, Steven Kotler: “If you summit the mountain, or get your ass kicked by life and don’t summit the mountain, it’s about resilience, grit and resetting goals to absorb the current challenge into a greater goal,” he…

1 min.
two tall

IT MIGHT seem hard to imagine now, with the Rockets’ coming off a season when they routinely started no one taller than 6' 7", but there was a time when NBA teams collected big men. Sports Illustrated’s 1986–87 NBA Preview featured a photo act of seven pairs of giants in their home city’s skyline, including the original Twin Towers (Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson) and a duo photographed at the Twin Towers (Bill Cartwright and Patrick Ewing of the Knicks). No pair was bigger than 6' 10" Moses Malone and 7' 7" Manute Bol of the Washington Bullets. Walter Iooss Jr. photographed them, fittingly, at the Washington Monument. The photo turned out great. The pairing, so-so. The Bullets finished 42–40—but they did lead the league in blocks. For more, follow…

4 min.
courtside constant

HERB TURETZKY attended the New Jersey Americans’ first-ever ABA game in October 1967 expecting to be just a spectator. He was eager to see forward Tony Jackson, a fellow Brownsville, Brooklyn, native, battle the Pittsburgh Pipers’ Connie Hawkins. Turetzky, a student at LIU Brooklyn, arrived early at the Teaneck Armory in his red ’64 Plymouth Fury convertible. Max Zaslofsky, the Americans’ coach and GM who had attended the same high school as Turetzky, greeted him as he walked in. “Herb, can you help us out and keep score of the game tonight?” Zaslofsky asked. “Max, I’d love to,” he replied. “I’m here, so why not?” Turetzky sat down at a wooden folding chair at half court and jotted down the lineups. “I’ve never left that seat since,” he says. “I’m still here…