Harbaugh Brothers, Frank Gore, Ray Lewis and Joe Flacco Featured on Special Four-Cover Series of This Week’s Sports IllustratedPosted: January 22, 2013
Brothers Jim and John Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore; Ravens linebacker and emotional leader Ray Lewis, and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco are featured on a special 4-cover series of the Jan. 28, 2013 Sports Illustrated, on newsstands Wednesday.
The first three covers feature the headlines: “There Will Be Blood”, “There Will be Gore”, and “There Will be a Valiant Last Stand”. They lead up to the final cover, which predicts “There Will Be a Parade in Baltimore”. This is the 3rd time that both Lewis and Flacco have appeared on the cover and the 2nd time Gore has appeared on the cover.
This week’s Sports Illustrated includes12 pages of Super Bowl XLVII coverage, featuring “10 Things We Thing we Think”. Highlights include:
Senior writer Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) says that you must expect the unexpected from the unpredictable 49ers offense, as they have proven they can beat you in multiple ways (PAGE 40). However, King still picks the Ravens to defeat the 49ers, 27-23. King says: “I’ve doubted Flacco one too many times this winter, and I won’t make that mistake a third time (PAGE 49).”
Ray Lewis and the reinvigorated Ravens defense will contest the 49ers explosive offensive attack writes senior writer Austin Murphy (@si_austinmurphy). Murphy says: “Galvanized by hardships earlier in the season and rallying around spiritual leader Lewis, they are headed to the Big Easy brimming with the confidence that comes from confounding the doubters three weeks in a row (PAGE 42).”
They may share the same last name, but Jim and John Harbaugh have taken different journeys and approaches en route to leading their teams to the Super Bowl. Senior writer Michael Rosenberg (@Rosenberg_Mike) writes that while most Super Bowl storylines tend to overwhelm the game itself, this story—the HarBowl—is a worthy one will certainly live up to the hype. Rosenberg writes: “Two brothers, who were born 15 months apart and spent much of their childhoods sharing a room, will be coaching against one another on the biggest stage in American sports (PAGE 47).”
Download a high res image of the covers here
Also in this week’s issue: The 49ers’ winning band of misfits, living the good life with JJ Barea and the death of the slap shot in the NHLPosted: November 17, 2011
You’ve read about our cover story on “The Failure and Shame of Penn State” – supplemented by senior writer Jon Wertheim’s (@jon_wertheim) podcast interview detailing his experience reporting from State College, Pa., last week – and found out who NFL players think is the league’s best receiver on a Hail Mary pass. Here’s what else readers can expect from the Nov. 21 issue, on newsstands now.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: THE THRILL IS BACK – JIM TROTTER (@SI_JimTrotter)
The 49ers are 8–1 behind the efforts of a collection of misfits and NFL castoffs. Much of that success can be traced to their intense new coach; running back Frank Gore says that in sharp contrast to his predecessors, particularly Mike Nolan, Jim Harbaugh has imbued his team with confidence. Gore tells senior writer Jim Trotter (page 54): “[Nolan] just wanted us to stay in the game instead of saying, Let’s go attack them and see what we can do. It ain’t about them, it’s about us—that’s the attitude you have to have. Coach Harbaugh? That’s how he and his coaches are. Look at his swag. I love it.”
On the Tablets: Senior writer Peter King’s (@SI_PeterKing) “Last Word on the NFL” and his weekly podcast interview, this week’s edition of which features Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News.