As a Philadelphia 76ers fan, it has been bittersweet watching my team try to lose. Over the last year, the Sixers have been using a strategy called "tanking." This means that the team is intentionally trying to lose in order to improve their chances at the top pick in the next draft. Professional sports is a business, and as a fan I am okay watching my team tank for a season or two, as long as I know they’ll have a much better team in the future.
But tanking in high school sports? That makes a lot less sense to me.
When Dave Filoni called last week, we were supposed to talk about Star Wars. He's an executive producer of the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels, after all, and the show is airing its season one finale tonight.
But before reaching a galaxy far, far away, we made a detour. To Pittsburgh, our hometown. We’re both big hockey fans, too, so item one on the agenda was the Penguins and their awesome new third sweater.
"It's a beautiful jersey," Filoni says. "I play hockey Sunday and Monday nights. And my mask is very similar to Michel Dion's old mask from the '80s. So I've got it represented out here."
"Out here" is Northern California, not exactly a hockey mecca. But it is the home of Lucasfilm, the center of the Star Wars universe and Filoni’s professional base since 2008. He joined the studio as Supervising Director on The Clone Wars, then helped develop Rebels.
Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is one of the best players in the NBA. But dominating the court is nothing new for the AGE-old point guard. And as proof: Footage of a teenage Steph Curry running circles around other kids — and his dad, Dell Curry, a star in his own right.
The video of young Steph Curry was posted by the Toronto Star late last week. It was part of a story looking back at Curry's time playing ball for the Queenway Christian College Saints Grade 7 and 8 boys team.
A day or two ago, a video started making the rounds of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby doing some cool stuff on the ice. Nothing new, right? What made this clip special was the angle we got on Crosby’s skills: his.
Crosby had a GoPro camera strapped to his helmet. First, one was attached to the top and angled down, near the visor, that let’s us see what he sees on the ice. Then, the angle of the camera was adjusted, giving viewers an up-close-and-personal vantage point.
The resulting footage is pretty great:
What were they thinking?! The camo print, the hideous colors, and, please, stop with the stripes — these teams have donned jerseys we never want to see again.
Click the image at the top of this post to check out some truly heinous unis. And after you’ve been inspired by those horrible threads, you can design your own fashion disaster. Think of the most tacky, unsightly, cheesy, and silly uniform possible — and then draw it for us. The most creative entry will be printed in the pages of SI Kids. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015!
Picture 70,205 eager fans, a nail-biting outdoor hockey game, and… ice made in 70-degree weather?
That was the scene last Saturday at Levi’s Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers and site of the 2015 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. After last year’s inaugural Stadium Series featured four contests, this year’s game in Santa Clara stood alone. The event coincided with Hockey Weekend in America, a three-day celebration of ice hockey’s popularity in the United States.
NBA superstar LeBron James is 30 years. He’s still a young man — except in the NBA, where he’s getting close to old age. And that makes you wonder: Who will be the next NBA star? Who will carry the torch once LeBron retires? Kevin Durant, at 26, is maybe the most obvious choice. But there are other players in the league who can pick up where King James leaves off.
Here are five guys who could maybe step into LeBron’s big shoes. One’s a crack shot, another a freak rebounder. There’s a scorer, a dunker, and an all-around great player. Here’s what I think each brings to the court, and what their chances are of becoming the next face of the NBA.