Early Arrival, Middling Former Pros, Late Touchdowns

Justin September 10, 2010 0

(Hi.  It’s John from 200 Miles From the Citi.  Justin is out of town for a bachelor party.  That’s great news for me because I get to pinch hit as the Sports Illustrated reviewer for the week.)

Seems to me that always, without fail, whenever there is a bigger issue of Sports Illustrated, maybe one that even arrives a day or so later than usual, the next issue arrives a day early.

So it was that after the extra-thick NFL Preview, I received my next issue of SI on Wednesday, when I usually get it on Thursday.

Luckily I unexpectedly breezed through the 32 team previews a week before – sometimes that takes me multiple weeks.  (Chalk it up to my new speed SI reading so I can read Justin’s reviews without ruining the articles on myself.)

No rest for the weary – I plowed through the next issue for this assignment.  Here’s my review of Sports Illustrated for the week of September 13, 2010:

PREGAME:

I’m intrigued by the history of the AFL.  So I liked the Scorecard article by Dick Friedman (am I supposed to know who that is? There’s no blurb at the end of his story.) about attending the first AFL game – Patriots-Broncos in Boston – on a Friday night in 1960.  Not only is it historical, it takes place where I went to college – Boston University.

This week’s ‘Sign of the Apocalypse’ is a sad commentary…on what, I don’t know.

Inside…

We get baseball, tennis, fantasy football, and college football.  Two things – the college football story focuses on LSU and quarterback Jordan Jefferson.  My initial thought was, “I didn’t know Michael Jordan’s son played football at LSU…”  I couldn’t get my mind to reverse the names…I kept reading Jeffrey Jordan.  Maybe because of his twitter scandal…I don’t know.   That confused me for a few minutes.

Secondly, and less inane, Maurice Jones-Drew doing a weekly fantasy football column seems conflict-of-interest-ish to me.  I can’t exactly say why….but I feel like he shouldn’t be doing it.  It just feels wrong.

THE ARTICLES:

In With The New by Austin Murphy

I’m not a big college football fan, but Austin Murphy does a good enough job when he reports on the college game that I read him every week and it’s enjoyable.  I do have an issue with this story though – he buries the lead.  Michigan has a speedy, exciting, running quarterback who doesn’t tie his shoes?  I want to know about that first – not a pouty former anointed QB who is down after his team wins because he’s not playing.

The Embarrassment of Riches by Lee Jenkins

I live in the Boston area.  Frank McCourt is a local.  Whenever this divorce is mentioned in the sports pages here, it’s more of a “he could have owned the Red Sox” deal, and it’s never terribly unflattering to McCourt.  This article was the absolute opposite – not one flattering detail about the McCourts.  The Dodgers are a mess right now.

99 Yards To Go by Jim Trotter

There was a lot going on in this article.  I don’t know that I needed to know the formations in each play, but it was interesting to hear from the parties involved in this 99-yard 2-minute drill.  Two takeaways – I was impressed with Vince Young’s analysis and game smarts.  I was less impressed than I already was (we have a history) with Mike Heimerdinger, who kept saying how much he hated the play that Vince Young insists is a successful play for the team, and admitted that he did not do a good job and his players bailed him out.

The Wave by Susan Casey

Last time I wrote an SI Review, I had a huge article on genetics.  Now I get a surfing feature.  Not a bad read.  But, man, the ocean is scary when you think about how huge it can get and how comparatively small we can be. I don’t think regular surfing is for me, let alone going after a 100-foot wave.  I don’t even want to read a book about it, thank you very much.

The Vault

Jimmy Connors was pretty good, huh?

Point After by Phil Taylor

Maurice Clarett got all the press when he signed with a UFL team, but Phil Taylor shines a light on Jeff Garcia, Hollis Thomas, and Ahman Green, also hoping to revive their middling NFL careers in the UFL.  Eh.

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