We’re doing things a little bit differently this week.
Ordinarily, I sit and write these reviews with a paper copy of Sports Illustrated sitting right next to me at my desk. That way, I can leaf through and make sure I’m not forgetting any of the initial impressions I had while reading the magazine the first time through.
This week, though, we’re depending strictly on memory and the internet.
It may have something to do with me wanting to embrace the changing face of media delivery in the internet age. In a week when US News ans World Report announced it was transitioning towards a solely web-based existence, maybe it’s time for all of us to begin moving away from print copies and fully embracing the ease and convenience that comes from reading Sports Illustrated online, for free, every week.
But, I think it actually has a lot more to do with the fact that I’m pretty sure I left my copy of Sports Illustrated at the gym yesterday. I put it down when I was putting on my jacket and I must have forgotten to pick it back up. Otherwise, there’s a Sports Illustrated bandit loose on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, who snatches only the current issue of the magazine while leaving last week’s behind.
So, from memory, here’s Sports Illustrated, November 8th, 2010.
Jack McCallum’s scorecard column seems to have fallen victim to a case of false equivalency. The NFL says players and referees will meet to discuss what does and does not constitute an illegal hit. He supports the idea, and suggests it for MLB and the NBA as well. So, where’s the false equivalency? Well, the NFL’s situation, which involved a mid-season rule change that will fundamentally change the way some people play, is not the same as the problems in baseball and basketball, which seem to boil down to players being too whiny and officials having too thin skin. The idea of a player/ref summit is not an entirely bad one, it’s just that this column felt a bit forced.
Giant Moment by Tom Verducci
A nice job by SI’s top baseball scribe in turning the focus to Matt Cain, who despite pitching at an all star level for a few years now, is overshadowed by his more accomplished teammate, Tim Lincecum. Verducci was able to do that without turning the Giants’ World Series article into a profile of one person or denying attention from other key members of the team.
He did, however, refer to Don Larsen as Dan Larsen. Gotta subtract some points for that.
Kick Starts and Kicks In The Head by Peter King
There is no doubt that Peter King knows more about football than me. In fact, he may know more about football than anyone. Unfortunately, it seems like, sometimes, he goes out of his way to prove it. This article is a perfect example. Has special teams really been THE story of the football season so far? Randy Moss has been on three teams, The Cowboys have 1 win, and Michael Vick is all but completely back to his pre-prison form. I don’t think special teams has been THE story of the season.
I have a similar bone to pick about King’s midseason All-Pro team so far. I’m sure Steelers lineman Maurkice Pouncey is very good, but he is not the Offensive rookie of the year. That is Sam Bradford. King is so worried about being a smarty pants, he is missing the obvious.
The Art of The Pass by Tim Layden
I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this article at all. It looked like it was going to another piece that went too far inside the mechanics of the sport, and left behind the character. I was completely wrong. I loved it. I especially enjoyed reading the comparisons to passers of the past.
The Right Call by Austin Murphy
This Utah sounds like a crazy fucking place. That is all
The Fire Inside by Lee Jenkins
I think I like Joaquim Noah. He seems likable and plays hard. He also seems like he could eventually become a dirty player as he gets older and his physical gifts start to erode. Yannick Noah seems like an incredibly annoying father, though. It’s all platitudes and fortune cookie wisdom. How about some straight forward advice, dad?
POINT AFTER by Selena Roberts
Were you rooting for this girl’s father to punch a school administrator in the face as much as I was? Goddammit, this girl is being treated horribly. It’s an incredibly strong and emotional story. So strong, in fact, that it did not require Selena Roberts to force references to “Glee” into it. Stories about rape should not include any reference to someone being a “Sue Sylvester.”