The Tuesday before the Super Bowl has become a gigantic waste of time.
Your 2013 Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year”—announced Sunday night during halftime of “Sunday Night Football" on NBC, with which SI is a content partner—is Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Sports Illustrated, as the Time of sports, is supposed to be mainstream, and who is Manning if not the Pope of the sports world?
This past summer, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell found himself facing a situation every authority figure dreads. His reputation hinged on how he handled a greasy-haired young man sitting in front of him, brandishing a smirk. The lug in question was Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, who had been accused of rape for the second time in a year, in this instance by a 20-year-old college student in Georgia. Arming himself for the conversation, Goodell had talked to two dozen other players, including other Steelers.