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ESPN The Magazine 04.02.18

ESPN The Magazine is for the NEXT generation of sports fans who want to stay on top of the athletes, teams, topics and upcoming events in their own sports world. The Magazine celebrates not only sports, but the cultures and lifestyles that are an integral part of them - all with ESPN's unique personality and authority.

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1 min.
20 for 20

The Mag has delivered 607 covers over the past two decades, with indelible design and riveting images. So who better to select our favorites from each of the past 20 years than the talented folks in our art and photo departments? From Tiny Jordan and Big Aristotle to a man with Burgundy and a kid in Dodger blue, we give you our best looks. TO BUY ANY OF THESE COVERS, GO TO ESPN.REPRINTMINT.COM ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN/NBA PHOTOS; GREGORY HEISLER (2); MICHAEL O’BRIEN. MARC BAPTISTE; JIM FISCUS; CLIFF WATTS; MICHAEL MULLER; DANIELLE LEVITT. JAMES WHITE; JASON LEE (ILLUSTRATOR); HANS GISSINGER; PATRIK GIARDINO. NICK LAHAM; PARI DUKOVIC/TRUNK ARCHIVE; PETER YANG; MARCUS ERIKSSON…

2 min.
we’ve got issues

BREAKING DOWN WHO’S BEEN FEATURED ON OUR COVER, BY GENDER (AND BY SPECIES!) Concept covers 1.8% Male horse 0.1% Women 11.6% Men 86.5% MEN AND WOMEN ATHLETES WHO HAVE BEEN ON THE MOST COVERS 11 LeBron James 5 Serena Williams TOTAL NUMBER OF ISSUES PRINTED OVER 20 YEARS 489 Issues 607 Covers LEAGUES MOST FEATURED ON COVER NUMBER OF ATHLETES WHO HAVE BEEN ON THE COVER OF THE BODY ISSUE 59 “My first 10 covers are framed on the wall of my office. I often seek their inspiration while thinking deep thoughts like, Wow, we really put Lincoln Kennedy on a cover?”—TIM KEOWN WRITERS WITH THE MOST COVER STORY BYLINES 1 Tim Keown 48 2 David Fleming 31 3 Tom Friend 29 4 Ric Bucher 20 4 Seth Wickersham 20 “I was so nervous for my first cover shoot in 2006. I never heard of the kid I was shooting. But…

21 min.
when winter never ends

“There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord.” MUSASHI MIYAMOTO (CIRCA 1584-1645), SAMURAI AND ARTIST DAY 1: FEB. 4, 2018 Ichiro Suzuki steps out of the cold into the small restaurant that serves him dinner most nights. It’s winter in Kobe, Japan, where he once played professional baseball and where he comes during the offseason to train. His wife, Yumiko, is back home in Seattle. He is here alone, free from the untidy bits of domestic life that might break his focus. Every day, he works out in a professional stadium he rents, and then he usually comes to this restaurant, which feels like a country inn transported to the city. It’s tucked away on the fifth floor of a…

16 min.
loss leaders

The first game of the 2013 baseball season was in Houston, hosted by an Astros team that had finished in last place the previous year and was going to finish in last place again. It was nationally televised—the Astros had just moved from the National League to the American, earning them baseball’s showcase time slot—and in the sixth inning the booth called down to ESPN’s Buster Olney for an interview with GM Jeff Luhnow. “I’ve heard from some of your peers,” Olney said, “that the Astros probably are the purest form of implementation of statistical data. Tell me, in a nutshell, what your philosophy is.” “Well, it’s pretty simple,” Luhnow began … What do you think Luhnow said? What, in a nutshell, was the Astros’ “pretty simple” philosophy? When, two years later, ESPN’s…

5 min.
three for one

THE SCOUT CARD | BAKER MAYFIELD You look for the guy who can stand up to criticism and is confident enough to pick up his team. He’s that guy. You don’t want to see the [cockiness], but you want a guy who always competes. He’s got to learn the difference. You wish he was taller. He’s going to need to understand throwing lanes and getting the ball out. You wondered during the season if he would let the ball go before the [receiver’s] break. It seemed like he only let it go if guys were wide open, but there’s no defense in the Big 12. He threw plenty of short stuff and didn’t always take care of his feet because he didn’t have to. He has to set his feet and…

2 min.
the toast of beantown

CRÈME BRÛLÉE FRENCH TOAST FENWAY PARK COST: $15 ESTIMATED CALORIES: 850 Red Sox Nation loves its Fenway Franks, but early ballgames give this decadent French toast a start. Every Patriots’ Day, Boston holds its own unique twin bill: over 500,000 showing up for the marathon and 38,000 for a Sox home game that starts at 11:05 a.m. Few will be as amped for the festivities on April 16 as Ron Abell, senior executive chef of Aramark at Fenway Park. His team has concocted a brunch item that’s near revolutionary. People rave about this dish. What makes it unique? Beyond using organic and locally sourced ingredients, we make our own brioche, cut a pocket in that, smear pastry cream—like you’d find in a Boston cream pie—and sandwich that back together. We then dip it in…