Sports Illustrated Weekly

Sports Illustrated Weekly

Compelling narratives from SI's best writers and captivating conversations with iconic names in sports come to life in Sports Illustrated Weekly. A unique look at legendary athletes from the preeminent sports magazine. These are the stories you’ve never heard from storytellers you won’t find anywhere else.

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May 25, 2022 48 min

- On Tuesday, Herschel Walker won the Georgia Republican primary for U.S. Senate. We explore how a man once celebrated for running the football ended up running for office. Our guests are SI veteran writer Curry Kirkpatrick and Greg Bluestein & Tia Mitchell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Politically Georgia Podcast. | SI: More Than Georgia's On His Mind (1981) by Curry Kirkpatrick | Flipped: How Georgia Turned Purple...

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When the owners of the New York Liberty chartered private flights last season, they broke WNBA rules and set off a heated debate. With a transformational WNBA season upon us, Howard Megdal reports on this continuing conversation about equity.

How Airplanes Became the WNBA’s Biggest Scandal

Cursing in professional sports is nothing new. But sometime in the last year, the NBA decided it had a big ******* problem and started fining th...

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In the Sicilian suburb of Librino, an upstart rugby club defies Mafia violence and forges an identity for their community. Sean Williams traveled to the foot of Mount Etna and brought back the story of Briganti di Librino.

SI Daily Cover, A Rugby Club Vs. the Mafia | The Underworld Podcast

With rumors swirling that Urban Meyer is set to take a job at Fox, everyone, including Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, is taking shots at Meyer’s sho...

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The Kentucky Derby is this weekend, but one of the sport’s most notable—and notorious—figures won’t be there. Bob Baffert has had more than 30 of his horses fail drug tests and was subsequently banned from Churchill Downs for two years due to doping allegations. Sports Illustrated senior writer Pat Forde joins us to discuss the controversial horse trainer.

Pat Forde on SI.com

The Netflix show Cheer took viewers inside the world of ...

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On Monday, the NFL said an investigation found "no evidence" to support the allegations of tanking made by former Browns head coach Hue Jackson. The team went 3-36-1 during Jackson's stint with the team and he believes the Browns front office should share some of that blame. Despite the league investigation clearing the Browns, that doesn't mean the team is innocent of the accusations made against the franchise. SI ...

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The NFL draft is upon us, and ESPN’s Mina Kimes joins us for a primer on the big event happening in Las Vegas.

The Mina Kimes Show Featuring Lenny

When Troy Aikman left Fox for ESPN, it set off a chain reaction in the NFL broadcast booth for multiple networks. Jimmy Traina, host of the SI Media Podcast, breaks down the game of musical chairs involving Al Michaels, Joe Buck and more.

Sports Illustrated Media Podcast

WNBA star Brittn...

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On July 3rd of last year, Gene Siller went to work at the Pinetree Country Club to help staff set up for Independence Day celebrations. Unfortunately, he never made it back home, leaving his wife without a husband and his kids without a father. The story made headlines at the time, but none have gone as deep as a new piece from Sports Illustrated contributing writer Brian Burnsed.

Article, He Followed His Golf Dream. In the End, It...

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Best-selling author Michael Lewis is here some 20 years after he began the reporting on Moneyball. Season 3 of his podcast Against the Rules is titled “The Ballad of Expertise.” 

Podcast, Against the Rules

SI senior writer Michael Rosenberg reads his essay on how authoritarian regimes like China, Russia and Saudi Arabia use sports for their political benefit, also known as sportswashing.

Daily Cover, Sportswashing Is Everywhere, bu...

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The NBA playoffs are here, and we have our Eastern and Western Conference playoff previews. Get comfortable for our extended and extensive conversation with SI senior writers Chris Mannix and Howard Beck.

Mannix and Beck on The Crossover podcast

Barely a year removed from a car crash that could have killed him, Tiger Woods surprised a lot of people by playing in the Masters. SI senior writer Stephanie Apstein joins us for her repor...

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Major League Baseball has its Opening Day on Thursday. We have the SI baseball braintrust gathered for a roundtable: senior writers Tom Verducci and Stephanie Apstein and editor Matt Martell. They’ll tell us what’s exciting about this season, what’s wrong with baseball, and what’s changed forever after the lockout.

Sports Illustrated MLB coverage | @si_mlb on Twitter

With the nightly implosion of LeBron’s Lakers, HBO lures us i...

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March 30, 2022 38 min

The NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments each feature 64 teams—and 64 mascots. But while you might have love for your school, Conor Orr has consulted with Dr. Hopi Hoekstra, noted mammalogist at Harvard University, and he’s here to tell you why your mascot is a lie.

SI Daily Cover: Fuzzy Logic by Hopi Hoekstra and Conor Orr

The South Carolina Gamecocks are one of the best teams in women’s basketball, and they’re once again headed bac...

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With DeShaun Watson being traded to the Cleveland Browns, former Sports Illustrated staffer Jenny Vrentas, now a reporter for The New York Times, walks us through her reporting on the controversial quarterback and the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.

SI Daily Cover: A Massage Therapist on Her Session With Deshaun Watson

SI Daily Cover: The Problems in the Deshaun Watson Cases Go Beyond Deshaun Watson

Jenny Vrentas...

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The NCAA women's swimming and diving championships begin today in Atlanta and all eyes are on University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas. Robert Sanchez and Julie Kliegman join us to discuss the coverage, conversations and controversy surrounding Thomas and her rise to the top of women’s collegiate swimming. We’ll also hear exclusively from Lia Thomas in her own words.

Daily Cover: ‘I Am Lia’: The Trans Swimmer D...

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With March Madness around the corner, Sports Illustrated senior writer Pat Forde tells us the story of Merl Code, a former sneaker executive who claims the biggest recruits to the biggest programs are all getting paid. We take you inside the scandal that rocked college basketball.

Article: Merl Code Peels Back the Curtain on College Basketball’s Bribery Scandal by Pat Forde

The fourth season of Netflix’s smash hit Formula 1: Drive ...

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Making it to the NBA is a dream come true. But for members of a small group, it also means playing exactly one minute and one minute only, before never playing in the league again. Sports Illustrated staff writer Ben Pickman tells the tale of perhaps the most exclusive and heartbreaking club in all of pro sports.

SI Daily Cover: In It for a Minute by Ben Pickman

JJ Redick is here to discuss the fallout from his Zion Williamson commen...

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Katie Nolan is a TV personality who just finished covering the Olympics for NBC and Peacock. Katie joins our host John Gonzalez for a wide-ranging conversation that includes the Russian figure skating doping controversy, how we talk about athletes when they struggle with mental health issues, how she recently came to my rescue on Twitter and what’s next for her career.

Clip: Kate Nolan tries figure skating on Peacock

The Olympics are...

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Matthew Stafford and the Rams are Super Bowl champions. But before they even got to the big game, there were whispers and rumors about the legendary trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, that ended up with Stafford being traded from Detroit to L.A. Sports Illustrated senior writer Greg Bishop pulls back the curtain and explains how a joint vacation and the fate of  an unusual L.A. rainstorm changed the Rams’ fortunes and altered the cour...

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February 9, 2022 64 min

This weekend, Super Bowl LVI descends on Inglewood, Calif., and gleaming SoFi Stadium. For NFL fans with money to burn, this is the party of a lifetime. For the residents who never got a vote on this stadium, they’re left to deal with the aftermath. In conversations with residents, business owners, the mayor and more, our host John Gonzalez went to Inglewood to learn first-hand what’s happening to the people who live, work and wors...

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Erin Jackson grew up competing in inline skating and roller derby as a rink rat in Ocala, Fla. Now, she’s America’s best hope for gold in long-track speed skating at the Winter Olympics. Considered a sure bet to make the U.S. team, Jackson slipped during qualifying and nearly missed the games until a fateful decision made by her childhood idol, Brittany Bowe, gave her a ticket to back to the Olympics. Senior writer Stephanie Apstei...

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Former NBA star Shawn Bradley was living out an idyllic retirement in Utah until one day a tragic bike ride left him paralyzed when a driver hit him from behind. SI contributing writer Brian Burnsed is here to tell us how Bradley; his wife, Carrie; and their family have been forever changed by this experience.

SI Daily Cover: Life After 7'6": Shawn Bradley, Paralyzed in a Bike Crash, Knows ‘It’ll Never Be the Same’

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