In this digital age where information is consumed at such a rapid pace and often on-the-go, online publishers can easily slip into a world of top-ten lists and *gasp* slideshows. Hey, they work for the medium and for the audience.
But if the rise of outlets like Grantland, The Classical and, lately, SB Nation’s long-form program, as well as the longevity and respectability maintained by Sport Illustrated are any indication, the quality and strength of in-depth, well-written pieces are not lost on the public.
When it comes to sports, one thing will always ring true: debate.
This month, Sports Illustrated released Football’s Greatest, and the beautiful hardcover collection has all of the above.
This is the book to end all arguments-and to start many others. Who’s the greatest quarterback of all time, Joe Montana or Tom Brady? Brett Favre? Who was the most dominate linebacker, Lawrence Taylor or Dick Butkus? Was Deion Sanders better than Ronnie Lott? Are the Packers of Steelers the greatest franchise ever? Sports Illustrated has polled its pro football experts to determine the Top 10 in more than 20 categories. The rankings appear alongside stirring photography and classic stories from SI’s archives.
SPOILER ALERT: The 1985 Bears edge out the 1972 Dolphins as the greatest single season team. While not shocking to most even-mannered and objective football fans, Mercury Morris was said to have been seen in Manhattan screaming nonsensically and throwing eggs at the Time Life Building.
Don’t let the actions of one elderly madman deter you from checking out the book yourself.
You can grab a copy on Amazon for you or someone you love this holiday season.
It isn’t just football players that love a good pile on. Already the butt of the joke on late night television, now political candidates are using replacement refs for a punching bag.
The National Republican Congressional Committee was quick to post an image proclaiming that Obama in now ranked second worst person at their job, being stripped from the title by the refs.
Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra of Michigan launched a new ad called “Replacement Refs” the day after the Packers-Seahawks game that deadpans the refs incompetency.
Incumbents are using the scabs for official business, too.
“New Jersey state Senate President Stephen Sweeney today said he plans to introduce legislation prohibiting the playing of professional sporting events with replacement officials.”
Football and its jargon have long been used as positive metaphors for political campaigns. This is a whole new ball game, and not a good one for the NFL.