Longtime Sports Illustrated readers have seen the magazine evolve into several iterations over time. Originally, it was known for its breathtaking photography and outstanding, long-form journalism. As the age of the internet dawned, and the publication faced competition from ESPN the Magazine, it tried unsuccessfully to balance the light and frothy short attention span content with their heritage. Lately, it seems they've settled into a nice groove, retaining the integrity of the investigations and brilliant, longer pieces (see the whole A-Roid scandal for a recent example; or read this piece that still sticks with me today about a tragedy occurring in a "fringe" sport), while still having the breezy, fun content in the front of the book (like "this week's sign of the apocalypse" and "they said it").
One of the features I always read is the "Pop Culture Grid," where they ask some pop culture questions to a variety of athletes, male and female, from a variety of sports and backgrounds. I always think "what would I have answered if asked that?"
In what may become a regular feature, I'll do just that. From this week's edition:
Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry or Taylor Swift
Kelly for the music, Katy 'cuz not matter how awfully she dresses, she's HOT.
Favorite thing to chew
IceBreakers gum, which I can't seem to find anymore, dammit.
What hurts right now
Reality show on which you'd like to guest star
None. I hate them.
_____ spends too much time looking in the mirror
I had a doubles partner in high school that carried a hair brush in his racquet bag.
Michael Phelps needs to...
A. tell people to fuck off, if that's what he wants to do. And B. not be so fucking stupid with camera phones around, if he wants his endorsements.
Song that best describes you
Highway to Hell
______'s voice is like nails on a chalkboard
Stephen A. Smith
Song playing on my iPod right now
BSG Podcast. Last music was REM's "Walter's Theme"
What about y'all? How would you answer? Feel free to debate or put your own grid responses in the comments.