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Reporter Revisits Sports Illustrated John Rocker Profile

Great long read on Bleacher Report from Jeff Pearlman, author of an infamous December 1999 Sports Illustrated feature on then-Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker. Pearlman’s original SI piece was spiked, but when his editor assigned him to revisit Rocker after the end of that year’s MLB season, the floodgates opened in the form of a mountain of controversial quotes.

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Despite subsequent accusations and denials by Rocker, Pearlman restates for the record that nothing was taken out of context or “pieced together.” He also runs down three “funny” things about article, starting with this fascinating bit of issue obfuscation:

The piece ran in the final Sports Illustrated issue of the 20th century — which included, arguably, the biggest undertaking in the magazine’s history. Bill Colson, the managing editor, wanted to compile a list of the top 50 athletes of the century for every state, coupled with 50 different covers. The daunting (and truly awful) task of finding and ranking the athletes fell upon three of us—myself, Steve Cannella and Mark Bechtel.

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Bob Der, Veteran SI for Kids Editor, Departs

Bob Der, a veteran of Sports Illustrated for Kids, is leaving the magazine. The New York Post reports that Der will be replaced by Mark Bechtel, a senior editor at Sports Illustrated.

Der had been managing editor of SI for Kids for the past eight years. He was only the fourth managing editor in the magazine’s 25 year history.

Bechtel has been with Sports Illustrated for almost 20 years.

Cover Battle: Sports Illustrated or Variety

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Sports Illustrated versus Variety. For its latest cover, SI went retro. As we noted yesterday, the image was inspired by a 1977 SI cover featuring Larry Bird. Other 1977 things we’d like to see resurrected? Gold lamé jackets.

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Sports Illustrated Goes Retro with Latest Cover

Sports Illustrated’s latest cover is delightfully retro. The image was inspired by a 1977 SI cover that featured Larry Bird.

That right, SI is comparing Doug McDermott to the legendary Larry Bird. No pressure, kid.

You can see the original Bird cover below.

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Sports Illustrated Launches Video Network

Sports Illustrated is dipping its feet into the video pool with the launch of 120 Sports, a streaming sports network. The site and app will offer around-the-clock original programming and game highlights from NASCAR, MLB, NHL, NBA and more.

“120 Sports is an innovative, addictive product that will give sports fans an amazing amount of always-on sports content and great technology so they can engage with news and highlights wherever they are,” said Time Inc.’s executive VP, Todd Larsen, in a statement. “The product will offer Sports Illustrated fans a terrific complement to our editorial coverage, and as a business partner Time Inc. will have a stake in an enterprise with tremendous promise.”

Two items to note about 120 Sports: 1) There will be no videos from the NFL, which is sort of a popular sport these days, and 2) 120 Sports is free at first, but a premium subscription offering is coming next year.

With that in mind, 120 Sports seems like a bit of a gamble. It’ll be interesting to see how the site is received.

Please Don’t Ask Why Sports Illustrated Photographed Kate Upton in Zero Gravity

As part of Sports Illustrated’s 50th anniversary Swimsuit Issue, the magazine sent Kate Upton 34,000 feet into the sky in a specially modified airplane that created a zero gravity environment for about 30 seconds at a time. SI then photographed Upton floating around.

Please note that any discussion about why, exactly, SI did this is strongly discouraged.

The only reason for photographing a bikini-clad Upton floating in an airplane is that it can happen. There is no further explanation necessary. We look forward to next year’s issue, which we hear will feature Upton donning a brightly colored bikini while running from an active volcano.

Until then, see below for more pictures of zero g Upton.

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Sports Illustrated’s 50th Anniversary Swimsuit Issue Debuts

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue. To celebrate that, the magazine asked several prominent philosophers and feminist thought leaders to compare women’s role in society 50 years ago with their role in society today.

Kidding! SI celebrated the anniversary with a photo of three basically naked models. Happy birthday! Here’s some butts.

Hey, at least Barbie didn’t make the cover.

Cover Battle: Sports Illustrated or The New Republic

It’s another miserable snowy day in the city, so why not take some of the edge off by enjoying FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle? This Thursday we have Sports Illustrated versus The New Republic. SI went with a great photo of Michael Sam, the courageous young man who is about to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. We don’t really need more of a reason to choose this cover than that.

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Barbie to Pose in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Barbie — yes, the plastic doll Barbie — is going to be featured in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, which hits newsstands next week. Ad Age reports that the photos are part of a new Mattel ad campaign titled “Unapologetic.”

Apparently Mattel is tired of hearing how Barbie’s ridiculous look can fuel girls’ low self-esteem, and so there are quotes like this, from a company spokesperson:

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Sports Illustrated’s Highest Traffic Day Ever Comes Via Richard Sherman Column

Sports Illustrated just experienced its highest traffic day ever, and it all it took was a column from the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman. Sherman has been contributing to SI’s MMQB throughout the NFL season, but Monday’s installment garnered over 4.3 million unique visitors, making it a record breaker.

Sherman’s piece was so popular because it came after his “rant,” which was really just a pro athlete voicing his opinion in a post game interview.

The public could not believe that a person would do such a thing, and so Sherman had to explain himself in Monday’s piece:

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