With the launch of the SI Photo Blog on Tumblr, Sports Illustrated is providing its fans with a new destination for 57 years worth of iconic, award-winning photography. It’s a treasure trove of thousands of photos dating back to the magazine’s birth in 1954; some of the photos are classic, some are funny and some are just plain weird. All of them will be managed and posted by SI.com special projects producer Andy Gray (@si_vault). So how did Andy develop this idea?
“It’s something I’ve wanted to do ever since I started a Twitter feed for the SI Vault,” he says. “Whenever I posted photos — especially quirky ones from the 70s and 80s — they got a ton of response. So I started thinking of what I could do to branch out.”
Earlier today, SI.com announced that its production of “The Battle of I-95” — an exhibition game featuring 16 NBA stars that aired online at SI.com yesterday night, live from the Palestra in Philadelphia — resulted in more than 235,000 video streams. This was the first live basketball game ever produced and streamed by SI.com and featured SI staff writer Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) providing insight and analysis from courtside, where he was joined by Newsday’s Alan Hahn in the second half. Mannix also conducted pregame interviews with the team captains, Hakeem Warrick (for Team Philly) and Carmelo Anthony (Team Melo).
The game featured the strongest compilation of star power since the NBA Finals this past June. Headliners included All-Stars Anthony, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Tyreke Evans in addition to Philly hoopsters Kyle Lowry, Lou Williams, Mardy Collins, John Salmons, Wayne Ellington and Ronald “Flip” Murray.
Read and watch more about “The Battle of I-95″ by clicking through to the following links:
- Video: Top 10 highlights from the game
- Photo gallery: Team Melo vs. Team Philly
- Game recap: LeBron, Carmelo, Paul fall short to Team Philly in “Battle of I-95″
- Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham): Tribute to Philly’s proud basketball tradition
- The Point Forward/Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala): Sights and sounds from the Philly-Melo showcase
With the college football embarking on its second weekend and the NFL season kicking off last night, SI.com’s bloggers have you covered. So who is it that will keep you updated on everything that happens on and off the gridiron this fall? Get to know the folks behind our college football blog, Campus Union, and our NFL blog, Audibles.