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I wrote a few months ago that Sports Illustrated was changing their format and becoming a monthly, with less focus on covering games and more feature article content that is timeless.

http://sportsandwrestling.mywowbb.com/view_topic.php?id=46678&forum_id=3&highlight=sports+illustrated

The timing was actually great for them since Covid wiped out anything else they'd have to talk about anyway.  And in the recent SI, there is an artcle I read last night which is more like a short story that is literally the best thing I've ever read in this type of magazine.  Everyone on this board has to go out and buy this SI, I know everyone will love it.

It's the July issue with Babe Ruth on the cover.  The cover story is called "The Hub: Love, War, Influenza, and the World's Series" by the great Tom Verducci.  It will take you about 60-90 minutes to read and is split into 12 "chapters".  It's written from the perspective of Eddie Floyd, the beat reporter for the Boston Globe who covered the Red Sox in 1917 and 1918, as a letter from beyond the grave.  He and his wife died in November 1918 within 36 hours of each other during the Spanish Flu epidemic, about a month after Floyd returned home to Boston after covering the Red Sox's World Series win over the Cubs in what turned out to be their last championship for the next 86 years.

It's just phenomenal with details about Babe Ruth's transition from only a pitcher to a pitcher who was also a batting phenom on the side, set against the backdrop of World War I and Boston as the epicenter of the Spanish Flu.  Fantastically written, enthralling even if you're not a sports fan, and including information that I didn't even know as big fan of the Deadball Era.  It's meticulously researched and is a must-read, and not only a great baseball piece but the best Spanish Flu piece I've read out of the hundreds written recently.



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Sounds incredible. Verducci is solid. I'll check this out.



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Blazer wrote: Sounds incredible. Verducci is solid. I'll check this out.
His son Gary posts here... when he can get his Web TV working correctly.  Dial up is a bitch.



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The Ultimate Sin wrote: Blazer wrote: Sounds incredible. Verducci is solid. I'll check this out.
His son Gary posts here... when he can get his Web TV working correctly.  Dial up is a bitch.
YOU BASTARD YOU BEAT ME TO IT LOLOL



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WHO THE FUCK IS GARY VANNUCCI??1? And for that matter, WHO THE FUCK IS TOM VANNUCCI?



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The Ultimate Sin wrote: Blazer wrote: Sounds incredible. Verducci is solid. I'll check this out.
His son Gary posts here... when he can get his Web TV working correctly.  Dial up is a bitch.
I still laugh out loud at both this and the web TV line.  Every single time.
My company does some business with closeout products.  About 2008, we got a pallet of MSN WebTV2.  I opened a box to make sure it truly was the WebTV, and they let me keep it because nobody would buy open box electronics at closeout - I figured I would hook it up for my mom and dad as an introduction to the internet.  What a piece of shit it was.  I hooked it up and within ten mins it was back in the box, and I ordered them a computer.  I ended up selling the WebTV on eBay.  Some jackass paid me $65 for it.  I told him I could get him 100 more for $20 each.  He actually contacted my company and bought 25 of them for $30 each because he was a manager at an old age home and they were installing them in every room for the elderly.  Those poor elderly people had to live their final days with WebTV.  I just hope they didn’t invest in Gary’s gold.....



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Superstar wrote: The Ultimate Sin wrote: Blazer wrote: Sounds incredible. Verducci is solid. I'll check this out.
His son Gary posts here... when he can get his Web TV working correctly.  Dial up is a bitch.
I still laugh out loud at both this and the web TV line.  Every single time.
My company does some business with closeout products.  About 2008, we got a pallet of MSN WebTV2.  I opened a box to make sure it truly was the WebTV, and they let me keep it because nobody would buy open box electronics at closeout - I figured I would hook it up for my mom and dad as an introduction to the internet.  What a piece of shit it was.  I hooked it up and within ten mins it was back in the box, and I ordered them a computer.  I ended up selling the WebTV on eBay.  Some jackass paid me $65 for it.  I told him I could get him 100 more for $20 each.  He actually contacted my company and bought 25 of them for $30 each because he was a manager at an old age home and they were installing them in every room for the elderly.  Those poor elderly people had to live their final days with WebTV.  I just hope they didn’t invest in Gary’s gold.....


They went old school and got Santo Gold 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_1GY93EWwwY

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srossi wrote: I wrote a few months ago that Sports Illustrated was changing their format and becoming a monthly, with less focus on covering games and more feature article content that is timeless.

http://sportsandwrestling.mywowbb.com/view_topic.php?id=46678&forum_id=3&highlight=sports+illustrated

The timing was actually great for them since Covid wiped out anything else they'd have to talk about anyway.  And in the recent SI, there is an artcle I read last night which is more like a short story that is literally the best thing I've ever read in this type of magazine.  Everyone on this board has to go out and buy this SI, I know everyone will love it.

It's the July issue with Babe Ruth on the cover.  The cover story is called "The Hub: Love, War, Influenza, and the World's Series" by the great Tom Verducci.  It will take you about 60-90 minutes to read and is split into 12 "chapters".  It's written from the perspective of Eddie Floyd, the beat reporter for the Boston Globe who covered the Red Sox in 1917 and 1918, as a letter from beyond the grave.  He and his wife died in November 1918 within 36 hours of each other during the Spanish Flu epidemic, about a month after Floyd returned home to Boston after covering the Red Sox's World Series win over the Cubs in what turned out to be their last championship for the next 86 years.

It's just phenomenal with details about Babe Ruth's transition from only a pitcher to a pitcher who was also a batting phenom on the side, set against the backdrop of World War I and Boston as the epicenter of the Spanish Flu.  Fantastically written, enthralling even if you're not a sports fan, and including information that I didn't even know as big fan of the Deadball Era.  It's meticulously researched and is a must-read, and not only a great baseball piece but the best Spanish Flu piece I've read out of the hundreds written recently.
I'm up for some old-timey baseball. Would it have killed you to put up a link?



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There was an article in Autosport in 1982 headlined Bad Blood At Maranello. It has taken on near legendary status because of what happened soon after. Can't find a link to it.

Basically, it was a column by Nigel Roebuck, a respected journalist still on the motor racing beat, who was approached by Gilles Villeneuve, the Ferrari driver, to explain what had happened at the San Marino Grand Prix.

Because of various political shenanigans, there were only 14 starters, and Ferrari were almost bound to get a 1-2. Ferrari's standard arrangement was that drivers had to hold positions when first running 1-2.

Well, halfway through the race, Ferrari are running 2-3, Villeneuve ahead of Didier Pironi, and the leader retires. So Villeneuve is to hold the lead to the end.

The article goes into great detail as to how Pironi fucked Villeneuve over by stealing the lead almost at the last corner, and how Villeneuve - known for being the most mild-mannered driver off-track - was never going to speak to Pironi again.

He never did. The article was published on a Thursday. On the Saturday, Villeneuve was killed in a qualifying crash.

Villeneuve was and is an icon in Italy in particular. Pironi...well, when his career was ended later in the year when he smashed his legs at Hockenheim, not many shed a tear, and when he died in a powerboat accident a few years later, not many mourned.



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