This Week on the Sports Illustrated Tablets: How Long Will the Strange Brew Work in Milwaukee?Posted: August 25, 2011
The Brewers are the hottest team in the majors right now, with a power-throwing starting rotation and bullpen that finally matches up to its wallbanging lineup. But the future of one of their stars (and one of the players featured on this week’s cover), Prince Fielder, is in doubt. Will the slugging rightfielder move on to another team after the 2011 season or remain in Milwaukee?
Fielder isn’t the only star headed for free agency this winter. This week on the tablets, Sports Illustrated takes a closer look at how five other players in their walk years—CJ Wilson, David Ortiz, Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Albert Pujols—have enhanced their market value. Milwaukee fans who don’t want to fret about Fielder and instead focus on the joy of the present are in luck. SI has video of a classic moment from Nyjer Morgan, aka Tony Plush. We won’t give it away; download this week’s issue to find out what it is.
That’s just the start of a packed digital edition of the Aug. 29 issue. Alex Wolff’s latest letter to the University of Miami imploring them to end football comes with a hot spot to Wolff’s first letter from 1995. There’s also a rundown of the benefits that Nevin Shaprio allegedly provided five of the biggest names in the Hurricanes athletics program and a closer examination of the NCAA’s death penalty, courtesy of Maggie Gray from SI.com’s Inside Report.
Both Lee Jenkins and Jon Wertheim conduct SI Podcast interviews with Richard Deitsch to discuss their respective stories on the case of Bryan Stow (the San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten into a coma) and the 2011 U.S. Open. Wertheim’s interview isn’t the only tennis feature among this week’s digital extras; the SI Digital Bonus is Frank Deford’s Aug. 28, 1978, magazine profile of Jimmy Connors, Raised by Women to Conquer Men, which ran two weeks before the Belleville Basher won his third U.S. Open title.
Additional digital content includes a Q&A with author Chad Harbach, whose debut novel, The Art of Fielding, is excerpted in the Aug. 29 issue; a photo gallery from last week’s U.S. gymnastics championships; video footage from inside the huddle at the University of Washington, courtesy of a tiny video camera on the helmet of QB Keith Price; and a tribute to late SI photographer Lou Capozzola, whose 20 years behind the lens with the magazine resulted in some our most dramatic hockey photos.