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Sports Illustrated

December 2, 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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IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
moment of youth

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2 min.
inbox

FIRST TEAM TO WORST TEAM* I’m not writing because I enjoyed Michael Farber’s article on the state of Rutgers football. For this former member of a team there, the article was not easy to digest, though it was true. I hope the Scarlet Knights get out of the Big Ten and find a conference where they can compete. Maybe they’ll make less money, but I’ll bet everyone, including the alumni, will sleep better. Dick Matullo Roswell, Ga. Rutgers is not the worst football team. UMass is worst-er. Rutgers beat UMass by 27. Robert Blum Cypress, Calif. A BRUSH WITH GREATNESS As we left Georgia for the SEC outdoor track championship in 1969, my coach, Spec Towns, handed me a pair of brush spikes. I wore them in qualifying and in the finals of the 440 and ran nearly…

5 min.
tweet-decked

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…

1 min.
talking turkey

DAN SNYDER The impeachment inquiry The Redskins’ owner should be glad people in D.C. have more to worry about these days than the sad state of his franchise. ROB MANFRED Good journalism The commissioner should send a cornucopia to the reporters who broke the Astros sign-stealing story, since that distracted from the juiced-ball controversy. LEBRON JAMES Rich Paul Give your agent an extra helping of potatoes, LeBron. If he hadn’t signed Anthony Davis as a client, you might still be paired with Tyson Chandler in the frontcourt. JACOBY BRISSETT Andrew Luck’s retirement The former backup should be grateful Luck’s unexpected departure allowed him to prove he’s an NFL starter. BENGALS FANS Two Dolphins wins Miami beat not only the Jets but also somehow the Colts, making Cincinnati a strong favorite to secure the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft. CHASE YOUNG Big Ten scheduling Perhaps the…

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.
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…