Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Sports Illustrated: FREE SITE (Mostly) Articles, General NFL News


Maybe I was expecting more out of the venerable Sports Illustrated, but from a fantasy football perspective it mostly disappoints. Back in my days living in New Jersy they had this amazing phenomenon called the New Jersey Diner. In every diner you could find a rotating, glass-enclosed case filled with the most amazing desserts ever seen. Glowing lemon meringue pies taller than Kramer's hairdo with chocolate cakes, pies and dishes of mousse that made your mouth water. One highly anticipated fork-full of these insanely gorgeous desserts and...total taste disappointment. Just like these Jersey Diner desserts, Sports Illustrated is all about the show with little fantasy football content to back it up.

The site is flashy and well laid-out with all of the glorious Sports Illustrated photography we have come to know and love. Advertising exists, but is not intrusive. This is the way sports websites should be organized.

Here's where Sports Illustrated comes up flat. On the plus side, the site has plenty of distinguished writers who come up with insigtful commentary every week. The reporting in this area is very professional and usually is based on original interview content. Great stuff.

The problem with Sports Illustrated content is that you can find these exact articles and comments on news aggrigators throughout the web. There is no reason to come to this website to get the scoop. The number of articles truly unique to the site were limited to four gems covering Laurence Taylor's golf addiction, Hollywood Henderson's addiction to everything else, Gilbert Brown's ownership of a drag racing strip and Vince Papale's crazy stint with the NFL in 1976. Lovely stories all - but NOTHING here for the fantasy footballer.

News, scores, players, teams, standings, schedules, stats, transactions and injuries - all standard stuff pulled directly from NFL.com's archives. There's really nothing else. Even Sports Illustrated's fantasy football league is run by Yahoo! Sports. It's as if they have been living off of their reputation for years and simply gave up on football content.

**This grade was dragged out of the solid "D-" range by the one-and-only Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Spectacular. One line devoted to fantasy football (c/o Yahoo!) and 12 lines on Body Painting with Heidi Klum. "26 superstar models, 40 exclusive free videos, 600+ breathtaking photos - what are you wating for?" Umm...I think that my eyeballs are sweating.

Yes, Sports Illustrated has become the Poor Man's Playboy.

Ooooh - what a pretty site! Unfortunately, it is all form and no fantasy football function. Stop by for a couple of great pictures, but don't spend any time here thinking that it will give you any sort of edge come draft day.


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