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“70 years ago today, Sammy Baugh played the greatest game an NFL player has played.” – Peter King

Sammy Baugh, 1943: The Greatest Season?
By Dan Daly

“That year, the bandy-legged Texan led the NFL in pass attempts, completions and percentage; in punting average; and in interceptions—made, not thrown. And 70 years ago today he had arguably the greatest single-game performance in football history.”


Aug. 19, 1995 – Mike Tyson returns to ring after two years in prison, KOs Peter McNeeley in just 89s

Interest in Mike Tyson‘s first comeback fight since his incarceration was high enough that it grossed more than US$96 million worldwide, including a United States record $63 million for PPV television. The fight was purchased by 1.52 million homes, setting both PPV viewership and revenue records for that time.

SI: “Fifteen years after Tyson, McNeeley looks back”

Mike Tyson Timeline

Aug. 16, 1954 – The first issue of Sports Illustrated debuted

When the Sports Illustrated magazine was first released, there was no sports magazine available in the country with a national audience. The first issue debuted with Milwaukee Braves slugger Eddie Matthews on its cover. Sports Illustrated quickly changed the face of sports news with a long list of innovations including: color photographs, scouting reports, in-depth sports reporting, sports cards inserts and high school Player of the Month awards.

Two major differences would separate this magazine from all the other sports journals. First, Sports Illustrated was directly aimed at the American middle-class consumer and budding television-sports spectator; second, and perhaps more important, SI was a property of the Henry Luce media empire that included Time and Life, and so SI was guaranteed the financial backing and time required to find its audience.

Top 7 most covers by athlete, 1954-2011:
1) Michael Jordan – 57
2) Muhammad Ali – 38
3) Tiger Woods – 24
4) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 22
5) Magic Johnson – 23
6) Tom Brady – 19
7) Kobe Bryant – 17