With Super Bowl XLVIII a little more than a week away, football fever has gripped every corner of New York City. And that includes one of the world's biggest art museums.
Starting today, visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art can see a selection of football cards printed between 1894-1959 in the exhibition Gridiron Greats: Vintage Football Cards in the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick. Photographs, magazines, and a varsity football sweater taken from the the museum’s collections are also part of the show.
There are about 150 cards on view. They were selected from the Met's Burdick Collection of 500-600 football cards and more than 30,000 baseball cards, and they span the earliest days of the sport.
"This exhibit is really about tracing the history of the game back to where it began, with Princeton and Rutgers in their first game in the 1860s and sort of bringing it through American visual culture," says Freyda Spira, assistant curator in the Met's Department of Drawings and Prints. "I want people to get a sense of where we've come from and how things have changed."
Can one of the most popular winter athletes of all time continue his snowboarding dominance in Sochi? That's the question facing Shaun White, who won gold in the halfpipe at the 2006 and '10 Olympics and is still considered the best in the world in the event.
Nicknamed the Flying Tomato in '06 for his red hair, White will make history by becoming the first U.S. men's snowboarder to participate in three Olympics. But that distinction isn't enough for the 27-year-old.
"He's going to arrive at the Sochi Olympics a better halfpipe rider than he's ever been," says White's coach, Bud Keene.
Like the 2010 US Men's Hockey team, the US women were this close to a gold medal at the Vancouver Games. But like their countrymen on the men's team, the women's team fell to the Canadians in the final round, 2-0.
Forward Hilary Knight was on that team, and while she's proud of the silver medal she and her teammates won in 2010 they have gold on their mind heading into Sochi. Knight spoke with Sports Illustrated Kids last summer about playing in a second Olympics, how her role on the team has changed, and what she hopes kids — especially girls — take away from watching her compete.
In 2009, Dutch teenager Laura Dekker announced that she planned to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world. Alone.
Growing up, Laura loved sailing. She was born in New Zealand while her parents were on an around-the-world voyage, and then spent the first five years of her life on a boat. As Laura got older, she fell more in love with life on the water and more anxious to leave Holland. And when she was 13, she began dreaming about the record-setting journey.
Her plan was to set out from Gibraltar in her boat, Guppy, sail across the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal, across the Pacific, into the Indian Ocean, around the southern tip of Africa, then back home. She knew the journey would be difficult. But she didn’t realize the challenges would start before she ever set sail. For a year, the Dutch government tried to stop her before finally OK’ing the trip. Laura began her voyage as a 14-year-old in August 2010. When she pulled into port at St. Maarten in the Caribbean on January 2012, she was 15 years old and officially the youngest person to sail around the world solo.
Filmmaker Jillian Schlesinger captures Laura’s epic journey in the new documentary Maidentrip. The film opened in New York last week, and will be traveling around the country until April. Sports Illustrated Kids spoke with Schlesinger recently about the film, the challenges Laura faced, and why Laura’s story is an important one — especially for kids.
When the Miami Heat stopped by the White House last week, they were congratulated by President Barack Obama on winning back-to-back NBA championships. But they also had some fun with First Lady Michelle Obama to help promote her Let's Move! program.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, coach Erik Spoelestra, and the First Lady cut the video to promote the importance of eating the right food and staying physically active. But this wasn't your typical PSA. This was an opportunity for the Heat — and the First Lady — to get a little goofy. Check out the video to see what I mean:
You might not know the name Masahiro Tanaka right now, but that's about to change. According to MLB Network reporter Ken Rosenthal, the 25-year-old pitcher from Japan has just accepted a big-time deal with the New York Yankees.
The Yankees haven't officially announced anything yet, but word is that the team signed Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract. It also includes an opt-out clause that will allow Tanaka to become a free agent after four seasons. He had been wooed by numerous teams this offseason, including the Angels, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, and White Sox.
The season is more than half over (how did that happen!), but some of the best hockey is still to come: Five more outdoor games, the Winter Olympics, and the dash for the postseason. The Ducks and Blackhawks are firmly at the top of the West, and the Penguins are in command of the East. But everything else is up for grabs — especially in the Eastern Conference, where there seems to be a shitf in the playoff picture every day.
Check out this week's NHL Power Rankings and tell us in the comments section where you think your team should be ranked!