There isn't much that Lego Master Builder Erik Varszegi can't create out of Lego bricks. He has constructed a great white shark for an aquarium in Australia and a full-size SUV for an attraction at Legoland Florida. So Varszegi was more than ready for the challenge of building the model of Cam Newton, which appears on this month's cover. More »
Video gaming has long been a boys club, the domain of guys and not girls. But there are plenty of gals out there who love to play and Olympic All-Around Gymnastics Gold Medalist Gabrielle Douglas is one of them. In this video that's exclusive to Sports Illustrated Kids, we get a first look over her playing Super Mario Bros. 2 on the Nintendo 3DS. Check it out and let us know what you think!More »
Gabrielle Douglas had her hands full this summer, winning two gold medals at the London Olympics. Now, her hands are full of Nintendo 3DS games—her go-to choice of fun when she has down time. Douglas, who visited New York City recently to promote Nintendo’s “Play As You Are” campaign—designed to show girls anyone can enjoy gaming systems—is a huge 3DS and Super Mario Brothers fan. More »
Everyone loves ESPN's Sport Science clips, right? Well, starting tomorrow, Disney XD is teaming up with ESPN to bring the science of sports to kids in Disney XD ESPN Sport Science. The first episode airs Saturday at 11 a.m.!More »
Back in 2005, R.A. Dickey's pitching career was drifting along unremarkably. The righthander, who had been drafted by the Texas Rangers nine years earlier, had bounced around the minors, making occasional stops at the big league level and throwing a 93-mile-per-hour fastball but producing nothing special. "We thought this guy may be out of baseball pretty quick if we didn't suggest something," says former major league great and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Orel Hershiser, Dickey's pitching coach at the time.
So Hershiser and then Rangers manager Buck Showalter had an unusual idea to help Dickey save his career. On off days and occasionally in games Dickey experimented with an odd and unpredictable pitch — the knuckleball. They told him that the best way to avoid a potentially permanent demotion to the minors was to become a full-time knuckleballer.
The substitute teachers have been relieved of duty and the real ones are back on the job. By that, we really mean the NFL and the referees have struck a deal to bring back the authentic zebras starting tonight when the Baltimore Ravens take on the Cleveland Browns.
There were a lot of questions surrounding the release of Apple's new iPhone 5. Would it be thinner and lighter? Would it have a larger screen? Would it allow humans to speak directly to dolphins? (O.K., maybe I'm the only one that was wondering about that last question.) But New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert had an even more important question that he wanted answered: How would the iPhone 5 work as a basketball? To find out the answer he decided to take a brand new iPhone to a basketball court and discovered that—wait for it—the iPhone makes for a really horrible basketball. Let us all say it together now: "DUH!"
What do you think of Iman Shumpert dunking an iPhone? More »