This Week’s Sports Illustrated: Boston Strong Issue Features a Cover of 3,000 Strong and a Look Back in “One Year Later”


16COVpromoNEW YORK, NY (April 16, 2014) On April 12th, 2014 more than 3,000 enthusiastic Bostonians came together on the Boston Marathon finish line to show their “Boston Strong” for the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated@SINow –  on newsstands NOW. Users can go to to find themselves on the interactive cover photo.

This week’s bonus feature from SI Senior Writer Scott Price,  “Start at the Finish” focuses on the marathon and examines the lives of more than 15 people who were affected by the bombing, all of whom bring a different perspective to the race. He writes, “The Boston Marathon can’t help but regenerate itself. It will always be new because there’s something about its history and civic fervor, its oddly attractive personal toll, even its most catastrophic moment, that makes converts of us all.” (Page 69) Also part of this week’s Boston package is “The Point After” written by David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox. His firsthand account explains how proud he is of the city and its citizens, and how incredible the recovery process has been in the last 12 months. Says Ortiz: “If I had to make a speech this year on Patriots’ Day, I’d say, ‘God continue to bless America.’ Because even though it began with so much pain and tragedy, the last 12 months have been a blessing.” (Page 70)

Of the cover phSI_20140421_Boston-spreadoto, SI’s Director of Photography Brad Smith said, “A year later, Boston has shown the strength to carry on. I’m proud that Sports Illustrated was able to contribute, in a small way, to that process with this cover. You can see in the faces of the people of Boston, how far they’ve come, together as a city.”(Pictured left is the opening picture of the article)

Additionally, SI’s Lee Jenkins’ NBA Playoff Preview features an article on Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah’s passion and his responsibility as not just a grinder but a performer, and seeks to answer three major questions: “More realistic title contender: Rockets or Clippers?” “Which East team will crash the conference finals?” and “Who will be the breakout player of the playoffs?” This week’s NHL Playoff Preview by SI’s Brian Cazeneuve highlights 43 year-old Teemu Selanne’s career and includes “Power Rankings” of the eastern and western conferences.



**Download a high res version of the Boston Strong cover here; download the wide shot found on page 52 here






Corner of Boylston and Dartmouth to be closed to traffic for the Production Scheduled FOR SATURDAY, April 12, 7:00 a.m.

NEW YORK, NY (April 9, 2014) Sports Illustrated @SINow invites Bostonians to be part of an historic cover photo shoot featuring Boston Strong. The production is scheduled for Saturday, April 12th, 7:00am, at the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth … the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Sports Illustrated will make this shoot the cover of its next issue which hits newsstands April 16. Fans are asked to wear their Boston gear and join Mayor Marty Walsh, city first responders, neighbors and friends for this celebration of resiliency and pride one year after the marathon bombing.

Said SI Managing Editor Chris Stone: “Boston Strong is a story about people, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, ordinary people doing ordinary things. SI’s creative director, Chris Hercik, believed the best way to tell this story a year later was to bring all those people, or as many aspossible, into a single photo at the finish line. If you look at last year’s cover photo, you see all that empty space all the way down Boylston Street filled by smoke and that backdrop of chaos and destruction. This year’s photo fills those spaces with the Bostonians who wrote the Boston Strong story.”

WHO: Sports Illustrated Productions, Mayor Walsh and fellow Bostonians show their civic pride

WHAT:Sports Illustrated will host a photo shoot for the cover of the April 21st issue in honor of Boston Strong

WHEN: Saturday, April 12th   
Call Time: 7:00am

WHERE: Boston Marathon Finish Line
Boylston and Dartmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116

** Photo shoot opportunity**

This Week’s Sports Illustrated: The 2014 Final Four Preview Features Stories of Last Chance Redemption, Frank the Tank and more

This week’s April 7, 2014 issue of Sports Illustrated @SInow features the 2014 Final Four Preview with one national, Kentucky, and one regional cover, Wisconsin, from the Elite 8 games; Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison’s pivotal game winning shot (with twin brother Andrew Harrison in the background), and Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser and Frank Kaminsky celebrating their win over top seeded Arizona. This marks the 16th cover for the Kentucky Wildcats basketball and the second for the Wisconsin Badgers basketball.

The 10 page section of the Final Four Preview features: “Fresh Start,” a look at Kentucky’s road to the Final Four; “Redemption,” a feature on Florida’s Scottie Wilbekin’s comeback after a career threatening suspension; “A Soft Side,” a piece on UConn’s Shabazz Napier’s significant choice in becoming one with his team; “Tanking,” a look into Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky’s own way of doing things; and SI’s “Scouts’ Takes”; a look into each team’s strengths and weapons.

Among the features:

SI’s Luke Winn takes a closer look into Julius Randle, the 6’9” power forward from Dallas Texas and the Wildcats’ long journey to the Final Four. After speaking with Winn, Carolyn Kyles, Randle’s mother, notes it was the third round victory against Wichita State, in which Randle tallied 13 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists that her son was back in action. She said: “That game is when I could see all the joy come back in his eyes.” (Page 38)

Also featured, twenty-five years later, SI’s Michael Rosenberg takes a look back to Seton Hall’s heartbreaking loss in the men’s 1989 NCAA Finals against Michigan. Rosenberg spoke with head coach P.J. Carlesimo and Ramon Ramos, the 6’8”center star who was critically injured years later in a near death auto accident. Rosenberg writes, “Ramos remembers beating Duke in the Final Four. He remembers Michigan point guard Rumeal Robinson sinking the winning free throws in the final after referee John Clougherty called one of the most second-guessed fouls in college basketball history.” (Page 56) He does not remember much about the 25 years since.



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This Week’s Sports Illustrated: 2014 Baseball Preview Features “The Hardest Things to Find” (Ace Pitchers, Two-way Catchers, Righthanded Sluggers and more)

Washington Nationals will defeat the Oakland A’s in this year’s World Series. That’s the prediction from Sports Illustrated @SInow in the March 31, 2014 issue of the magazine on newsstands NOW. The issue features an extensive 60-plus-page section of the 2014 Baseball Preview with four regional covers with the following cover subjects: Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano, New York Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka, Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout and St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina. This marks the first cover for Robinson Cano, first for Masahiro Tanaka, second for Mike Trout and first for Yadier Molina.

The 2014 Baseball Preview answers every question a fan could have about the upcoming season and focuses on “The Hardest Things to Find” in baseball, featuring: “Precious Mettle,” an extensive piece on the ready-made ace Tanaka, by SI’s Tom Verducci; “The Power Gap,” a look into how Trout has become one of the select few righthanded sluggers in the game, also by SI’s Tom Verducci; “The Cano Show,” how will Jay-Z’s first client fare after signing a megadeal with a franchise fighting to stay relevant?; The “Molina Way,” a feature that examines why Molina is a lethal force with his glove and his bat; “Long Story Short,” a preview of the top five short stops to watch in light of Derek Jeter’s final season; “Béisbol Prospectus,” a feature that explores the vibrant Cuban subculture in clubhouses around the majors; “Advance Report,” what to watch for in 2014 and “Scouting Reports,” a look into every team in the league featuring “Behind Enemy Lines,” how rival scouts size up each team.

 Interesting Facts:

  • In 2012 the Mariner’s Safeco Field ranked last among AL ballparks in home runs (116). Last year it was fifth (170). All but one of Cano’s 27 homeruns in 2013 would have left the Safeco yard.
  • If Jeter plays 100 games, gets 110 hits and scores 60 runs this season he’ll be ranked #2 in games played at shortstop, #7 in hits, and #10 in runs.
  • Manny Machado made 710 plate appearances in his age-20 season; that was the most playing time by anyone that young since 1962.
  • In one stretch of five starts in 2009, Tanaka threw 124, 137, 142, 125 and 137 pitches. The Angels ace Jered Weaver hasn’t thrown 124 pitches in a game that many times in his entire eight-year career, covering 231 starts.
  • Since Hideo Nomo’s arrival in 1995, seven Japanese-born pitchers have made at least 80 starts in the majors. After initial success, five of them saw severe performance drops after two seasons on this side of the Pacific.
  • Koji Uehara of the Boston Red Sox posted a 1.09 ERA, allowing 33 hits in 74 1/3 innings, striking out 38% of the batters he faced and walking just seven men unintentionally. The lesson here? Don’t over commit to one pitcher in the closer role.

 From “Behind Enemy Lines,” rival scouts size up the team:

  • Of the A’s: “The bullpen is sick and gives them the best overall staff in the American League.”
  • Of the Tigers: “Miguel Cabrera is the best on the planet. Why is he so good? Because God likes baseball. You can’t teach what Cabrera does.”
  • Of the Rangers: “I truly believe Adrian Beltre will be a Hall of Famer. Best third baseman in the game—not even close.”
  • Of the Orioles: “Kevin Gausman is not tapping on the door, he’s knocking it down. He’s just like Stephen Strasburg; a fast-track college pitcher who knows how to pitch.”
  • Of the White Sox: “If Chris Sale were on a better team and not in a launching pad of a ballpark, he’d win a Cy Young.”
  • Of the White Sox: “[Yasiel] Puig is such a freak – if he grew up in the U.S. he’d be the best running back in the country.”


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Sports Illustrated and TIME Collaboration: “The Game that Saved March Madness”


Princeton’s near-upset of Georgetown in a 1989 first-round game made sure Cinderella would always get invited to the ball

Today, a Sports Illustrated and TIME collaboration “The Game that Saved March Madness,” was published on The seminal piece on the 1989 Princeton-Georgetown epic NCAA Tournament examines the game that many credit as the accelerator of the NCAA tournament’s explosion in popular culture, and halted an effort by big schools to take automatic bids from the smaller schools. As a definitive oral history, the piece explores the game that drew a huge audience and the legend of it has lived for a variety of reasons; David v. Goliath, the teams played very contrasting styles; the sociology of the time in Reagan’s America; and the economics of media relations, how CBS helped the tournament grow by exposing it to a broader audience.

The SI/TIME “Game That Saved March Madness” project is a new kind of immersive storytelling platform, combining elements of documentary filmmaking and traditional one-on-one, conversational print interviews that give a classic game a new, impactful life.

Co-authors, SI’s Alexander Wolff and TIME’s Sean Gregory, a member of the Princeton team which upset UCLA, have scored firsthand accounts with almost every major player from the time including players from both teams, coaches, referees and analysts (Alonzo Mourning, Pete Carril, ESPN’s Dick Vitale, etc).

Of the controversial moments in which the game could have gone the other way, the story explores an unwhistled elbow from Alonzo Mourning. Referee Charles Range says, “Oh, God, yes, there should have been a call. Even if it’s incidental—you can have an offensive foul that’s incidental. It just happened to be the type of play that none of the referees saw it. That may have changed the whole game. I sort of got mad at myself and said, God, I wish I would have seen that.” Range’s regrets are news to Mueller [Kit]: “You’re kidding. I’d rather just have it the other way, where they saw it and didn’t think it was that bad. Killer. That would have been huge. Oh God. I’m going to go home and grind over that one. He didn’t see it. Oh, that hurts.”

To read the article, click here.


This Week’s Sports Illustrated: SI’s Luke Winn has Florida over Wichita State, with Michigan State and Arizona Rounding out the Final Four

12COVv24_FLO_PromoFlorida will defeat Wichita State in the national title game. That’s the prediction from Sports Illustrated @SI_Now (with Michigan State and Arizona rounding out the Final Four) in the March 24, 2014 issue of the magazine on newsstands tomorrow. The SI NCAA Tournament Preview features six regional covers with the following cover subjects:  Michigan State’s Gary Harris, Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis, Florida’s Casey Prather, Arizona’s Nick Johnson, Wichita State’s Tekele Cotton and Connecticut’s Breanna Stewart. This marks the twelfth SI cover for Michigan State men’s basketball, ninth for Syracuse basketball, fifth for Florida basketball, fourth for Arizona basketball, third for Wichita State basketball, and eighth for UConn women’s basketball. Users can become part of March Madness by tagging their social profiles on our interactive covers on 

The 30-plus-page section of the NCAA Tournament Preview features: SI’s bracket picks from the play-in game through the Final Four in Dallas; “The Breakout Players” or ones to watch in the tournament; “The Zone”, a breakdown of the best zone defense; the 2-3 of Syracuse; a women’s tournament preview; a profile 12COVv24_Uconn_Promoof Connecticut’s  Breanna Stewart and the “Five Minute Guide,” the everything-else-you-need-to-know about the tournament.

Among the features:

*Emma Carmichael profiles UConn women’s basketball star Breanna Stewart, the 6’4” sophomore who can score from every place on the floor and draws similarities to the NBA’s Kevin Durant.” Writes Carmichael: “What makes Stewart special isn’t difficult to qualify – she has averaged 19.7 points this season and scored 1,000 in just 63 games, the second fastest to reach that mark in school history. But there’s something else: Stewart is a new prototype for women’s hoops.” (Page 56) Her skill set includes much more than the average post player which is why Stewart is considered a new prototype in women’s college basketball. Says Stewart, “The fact that they expect me to do so many different things means [coach Geno Auriemma] can get on me for not doing so many different things if I don’t do them,” Stewart says with a laugh.  “I wouldn’t want it any other way.” (Page 60)

12COVv24_SYR_PromoThe truth is Stewart still has a postseason run and two full years with the Huskies to hone her skills on both sides of the court. Thus far, the Huskies have outscored opponents by 35.7 points, the highest average margin of victory in NCAA history for both men and women, largely in part to Stewart’s prowess. When asked about her future, Stewart said, “I envision leaving Connecticut with four national championships. I couldn’t expect anything else.” (Page 61)













The McBucket List

11COVv10_PromoThe newly minted top scorer of the ‘00s Creighton senior Doug McDermott, appears on this week’s national cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (3/17/14)—on newsstands NOW. This cover is a recreation of the classic Larry Bird cover from 1977 and is McDermott’s first SPORTS ILLUSTRATED cover. As the greatest college scorer of this millennium, McDermott has scored more than 3,000 points, started in 140 consecutive games; 23 of which he’s scored 10 or more points. He’s had 10 straight games with 25 or more points and a total of 3 game-winning shots. Senior writer Luke Winn highlights McDermott’s versatility on the court and what McDermott has had to do to remain determined and focused throughout the season. Writes Winn, “More than 3,000 points now, and in how many ways? McBuckets’ bucket list is long and diversified. They’ve come on threes and post moves, on banked-in leaners and one-legged fadeaways, on hard curls and slipped screens.” They’ve been 85.5% right-handed, 12.8% lefty, and just 1.7% of them have been dunks. They’ve come in Peoria, Springfield and Wichita for three seasons and in Philly, Indy and New York City during this profile-boosting year in the Big East.” (Page 32)

To reach these impressive goals on the court, McDermott has had a number of inspirations in his life.  He recalls a trip he took when he was in seventh grade with his grandfather Earl and his father’s [Greg McDermott] Northern Iowa team to Indiana State to see Larry Bird’s number 33 retired. Now, years later, a large part of McDermott’s pregame routine includes watching the same YouTube montage of Bird HD highlights. “I love watching Bird” says McDermott. “He just plays a different way.” (Page 33) When senior guard Grant Gibbs learned of McDermott’s 3,000 point accomplishment he leaned over and whispered, “When they announced you passed Bird, a small part of me died inside.” (Page 34)

 Another pregame routine of McDermott includes a session with Jack Stark, the Omaha-based psychologist who has previously worked with NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. During the session, Stark leads McDermott to a place in his mind where he can remove the clutter and visualize the day’s game. This process, the escape before he hits the court has been a pregame routine of McDermott’s since December 22nd, 2010. Stark is only a phone call away when McDermott isn’t playing at his home court although, it is McDermott’s responsibility to find a quiet place for these calls; even a bathroom. McDermott recalls, “I turned the light off and lay against the door to make sure no one would come in, because I wanted to stay focused…And it got really awkward. I could hear people saying, ‘What is going on in there?’ ‘I can’t get the door open!’ and I think someone tried to get security while I was lying there in the dark, listening to [Stark].” (Page 35)  That quick session was enough; McDermott finished the game against Missouri State with a total of 39 points.

 In just four seasons, McDermott has added so many dimensions to his offense that it’s nearly impossible for other teams to guess his next move. From his past inspirations of Larry Bird and his pre game rituals, he’s become a player who believes in the power of preparation and hard work.| SI Senior Writer Luke Winn





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