The Saturday Evening Post published some of the best magazine covers ever, like this one, illustrated by Earl Mayan in 1957. It features New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra waiting on a pop fly, while the crowd looks on anxiously. And to think you could once pay just 15 cents for this calibre of product.
Here’s Sports Illustrated on the Apple iPad. In a word, it’s awesome. The ability to flick through rows of beautiful SI photos, arrange content in whatever order you like, as well as customize your own “team” pages, make tablet mags the most exciting thing to happen in sports media in some time. And the addition of video to your weekly SI – including the always engrossing Swimsuit Issue – surely is whetting the appetite of even the biggest skeptics. Bring it on!
“Canucks Day” has been announced in the city of Vancouver, following the team’s dramatic first round series win against the LA Kings. While some fans are not thrilled by the idea, we think it’s great to see the mayor and the city embrace the club. They’re even sending Fin the Canucks mascot downtown to hand out white towels. He’s working on an off day – give it up folks.
Madden might own football gaming right now, but back in the day it was all about 10-Yard Fight. Sure, there was Tecmo Bowl and John Elway’s Quarterback, but 10-Yard was always our favourite. Yes, it was slow and rigid, with no play calling and a strange vertical view. Tackling was clunky and no variation on throws made life as a virtual QB tough. But that was gaming back then – basic, direct and as 2D as you’ll ever get. Younger gamers might scoff, but think about it: when the precursor was Pong, Nintendo’s first batch of sports games was a revelation. They were wonderfully colorful with warm sound effects and cartoonish designs. Life was less complicated and the games reflected this: run, pass and tackle. It was football essentials only. We saw the original arcade version available on Ebay recently for a cool $399. Bargain.
Vince Vaughn and wife Kyla Weber talk forechecking at a recent Blackhawks games. Or maybe Vince is deciding on hot dog toppings. Either way, you have to love the team dedication. And isn’t Kyla a Flames fan? Respect.
When it comes to ballpark design, it’s hard to beat PNC Field in Pittsburgh. ESPN ranked PNC as the best place to watch baseball in 2009 and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Yes the architecture is great and the atmosphere is intimate but more than anything, it’s the view. And right now, Pirates baseball isn’t too bad either.