View Full Version : Will Serena get a cover on Sports Illistrated?

Serendy Willick
Jan 27th, 2003, 03:07 PM
She sure as heck deserves it. In fact so does Pat Summit and the UConn womens basketball team. They sure cant complain about overexposure. Neither Williams hasnt made the cover since 99. They plastered Tiger woods on their cover when he won his "Tiger slam". I want a Serena/Venus cover

Jan 27th, 2003, 03:10 PM
Not gonna happen. The Super Bowl was this weekend, and the outcome was surprise to most 'experts'. That'll be the cover.

Jan 27th, 2003, 03:13 PM
Suprise to most experts. I guess I am not like most experts. BTW did anyone see Sereana at the Superbowl, they even interviewed her.

Jan 27th, 2003, 03:17 PM
well, not this week she won't , not with the Superbowl...

Serendy Willick
Jan 27th, 2003, 03:18 PM
Originally posted by brickhousesupporter
Suprise to most experts. I guess I am not like most experts. BTW did anyone see Sereana at the Superbowl, they even interviewed her.

What?! When? I was watching it the whole time, when did they show her?

Jan 27th, 2003, 03:22 PM
i found this interesting article on the net

If you are a woman, there are only three ways to get the sports world to notice you:

1. Strip down to your panties and bra and wrestle over beer.

2. Play crappy tennis but look hot pulling the second ball out of your briefs.

3. Tweak Hootie's nose.

Break records? Win at unthinkable rates? Push the envelope of female athletic achievement? Forget it, sweetheart! How 'bout a boob job?

Exhibit A: The Connecticut women's basketball team wins its 55th straight game last Saturday, breaking the alltime women's record. But unless you happened to get the feed from the Connecticut Public Television network, you couldn't see the game live. ESPN will show men fishing heroically, and Fox will show a man trying to outrun a giraffe, but televise one of the landmark events in women's hoops history? Sorry, baby, you haven't come a long way.

Exhibit B: Tennessee's women's basketball genius Pat Summitt quietly wins her 800th game on Tuesday of last week, becoming the first woman and only the fourth Division I coach to do it. Nationally, it made all the splash of a marshmallow landing in a bog. When North Carolina's Dean Smith hit 800 in 1994, there was so much coverage, you'd have thought he'd just returned from Mars.

"I'm surprised she hasn't gotten more attention for it," says no less than John Wooden, the former UCLA coach who is one of Summitt's biggest fans. "She's only 50. She could win many, many more games." In fact if she coaches as long as Smith did -- until she's 66 -- and keeps winning at her current pace, she'd blow by Smith like he was roadkill and wind up with more than 1,200 wins. Hey, maybe then she'd get on Live with Regis and Kelly!

Exhibit C: At the Australian Open, Serena Williams tries to win her fourth consecutive major -- the Serena Slam, if you will -- and America barely looks up from Joe Millionaire. Of course when Tiger Woods completed his Tiger Slam at the Masters in 2001, a national holiday was nearly declared.

You remember Tiger, right? Used to be Most Dominating Golfer in the World? Not anymore. That title belongs to Exhibit D: Annika Sorenstam, who is coming off one of the most brain-bending seasons since Byron Nelson in 1945. The Ice Queen of Sweden won more than half her starts last year, 13 victories in 25 tournaments around the world. Tiger in 2002? He won six of 22 starts.

You mean you didn't see her on the cover of TIME? Or this magazine? Or Golf Digest? Or Golf? Or on the Today show? Or Letterman or Leno? No? Maybe that's because it never happened. "If Tiger had a year like Annika," says LPGA player Jill McGill, "they'd reschedule sunsets for him."

Sorenstam's agent, Mark Steinberg, also happens to represent Tiger. "She and I talk about it all the time," Steinberg says. "She'd love to have more opportunities, but what can you do?" Last year Tiger did whip Sorenstam in one department. He earned more than $60 million in endorsements to her $2.5 million. Hey, Annika, ever tried a short tennis skirt?

And forget anybody having heard of Exhibit E: Paula Radcliffe. All she did in October was run a marathon in 2 hours, 17 minutes, not only shattering the women's world record but also narrowing to 12 minutes the gap between the men's and women's best times. That means, in the past 40 years, women have improved their record by more than an hour and men by nine minutes. (And to think they used to warn women not to run because their uteruses might fall out.)

All of this crinkles the nose of Exhibit F: Gail Goestenkors, coach of the No. 1 women's basketball team in the land, Duke, which also happened to have the No. 1-ranked men's team last week. The Duke men have sold out every home game since 1990. The Duke women have never sold out.

It doesn't bother the unsquashable Coach G. "We play for ourselves," she says, "for our own excellence." In fact the only opponent who really scares her is George W. Bush. "I'm afraid he's going to change Title IX," she says of the law that requires equal opportunity for men and women to participate in sports at schools that receive federal funding. "He's talking about making [compliance] voluntary. That would be a travesty."

She would know. In seventh grade her school did not have a girls' track team, so she had to run on the boys' squad. The guys hated her for it, and when she'd get into the starting blocks, they would comment on her butt. Or the way she looked in her shorts. "We can't lose Title IX," she says, "because I know what girls would have to go back to."

True, Title IX has caused brutal cuts in men's sports over the past 30 years. But women suffered for 100 years without it. As Wooden says, "The problem with Title IX is that it started way too late. I wouldn't want anything to happen to that program."

A piece of advice, Mr. President: Don't touch Title IX, because the only thing women resent more than being ignored is being denied.

Issue date: January 27, 2003

Sports Illustrated senior writer Rick Reilly pens the weekly Life of Reilly column in the magazine.

Jan 27th, 2003, 03:40 PM
"If Tiger had a year like Annika," says LPGA player Jill McGill, "they'd reschedule sunsets for him."

That's hilarious.

I have no idea what it will take to get Serena or any other woman on the cover of SI or ESPN, The Magazine.:rolleyes: The world is still run by men you know and a lot of men don't like strong women (either physically strong or mentally strong).:o That's why there is always so much talk about "lesbians in sports." These men want a reason for these women to be so good at what they do so if they are "dykes" then that's why. Anna K. is so popular because she's a cupcake Barbie doll, not a real athlete. She's non-threatening to them and therefore she gets all the attention.:(

I have no idea what to say or what can be done about the situation but if I see Serena on the cover of SI or ESPN, the Mag I'll probably faint in the supermarket.:eek: In fact, inside the magazines the bigger of the tennis stories will most likely be about Andre, not Serena.:worship:

Jan 27th, 2003, 03:47 PM
Is it just me, or is there a disgusting lack of coverage given that the Australian Open gave us two of the MOST SPECIAL EVENTS EVER in sport? Not just women's sport, SPORT full stop. You've got the absolute domination of a player who is potentially going to be seen as a great in the future completing the first four-in-a-row for nearly a DECADE, and at the same time you've got Martina N proving what a legend she is by becoming the oldest player ever to win a Slam title.

And from what I've seen, no sports publication is treating it as anything different :rolleyes:

Jan 27th, 2003, 04:01 PM
Originally posted by Luci
What?! When? I was watching it the whole time, when did they show her?

they did an interview with her during the pregame show.

Jan 27th, 2003, 04:19 PM
Serena was on the cover of ESPN the Magazine a few months back!

Jan 27th, 2003, 04:28 PM
SI is doing an article on Serena about her run last year and now that she has won the aussie, its even more compelling. Whether they will give her the cover on not....

Jan 27th, 2003, 04:47 PM
If I'm not mistaken Anna is the only women who has graced the covers of Sports Illustrated which is degrading to women's sports. SI is sending a clear message because they feel that women belong in the bedroom and kitchen.

Also think about it, the market for the magazine are men really. So why not have a hot babe who is viewed as a sex object on the cover? Maybe that's why they created SI for women, because they knew that their market wouldn't wan't to read about female atheletes. Well, I get the magazine and I like the articles, but they never really cover women's tennis too much or women's sports in general.

Jan 27th, 2003, 05:39 PM
You've got the absolute domination of a player who is potentially going to be seen as a great in the future completing the first four-in-a-row for nearly a DECADE, and at the same time you've got Martina N proving what a legend she is by becoming the oldest player ever to win a Slam title.

Martina's "accomplishment" is hogwash!!! She was playing with a player YEARS younger against players who are only good at mixed doubles. I don't think there are very many people interested in that.:rolleyes:

However, Serena should be on the cover of SI. What she has done since her injury at last year's AO is nothing short of phenomenal.:eek: Serena is the best in the world while Martina is just an old, pathetic broad who really should get off the tennis court.:o

Crazy Canuck
Jan 27th, 2003, 05:52 PM
frenchvee - I posted that article in a thread - which suprisingly went pretty much ignored by a board that claims to be so concerned about womens sports...


Jan 27th, 2003, 06:22 PM
Perhaps five minutes of research BEFORE condemning Sports Illustrated was in order.

Venus and Serena have both been of the cover of SI.

Venus - Sept 15, 1997 "Party Crasher"
Serena - Sept 20, 1999 "Little SIster Big Hit"

Jan 27th, 2003, 06:30 PM
REBECCA i know,

just after i posted the article, i saw your post
anyway it is an interesting article so two times better than one.

Jan 27th, 2003, 06:36 PM
Serena wont make the cover..not because she doesn't deserve the honor, but because the AO always competes with the Superbowl. In the American sports media, NOTHING competes with the superbowl. If the World Cup Soccer final was played on the same day as the superbowl, it would not make a dent in the American market. So Sorry Serena, "bad" timing.

auntie janie
Jan 27th, 2003, 07:38 PM
At least Serena's victory will get an article, I am sure. In years past, the Aus Open did not even merit a mention in Sports Illustrated.

As for Martina Navratilova, she and her partner knocked the defending titlests in straight sets. Perhaps even miranda_lou has heard of Daniela Hantuchova -- world #5 player right now. :rolleyes: And in mixed doubles, it is well known that the ability of the woman more than the man is what gets you wins. Martina Navratilova desrves huge credit this huge win at age 46 (oldest Slam winner in history), and I hope she gets it in Sports Illustrated.

But everyone is right, the cover this week will be a Super Bowl one.

Helen Lawson
Jan 27th, 2003, 07:54 PM
Graf made the cover at least once. I recall she made the cover after her Grand Slam. I am certain of this. I also think, but am not certain, that Seles made the cover also, when she came back from getting stabbed.

auntie janie
Jan 27th, 2003, 08:09 PM
Yes, I remember that Monica cover. But it is very rare. Not even Annika Sorenstam has ever earned a cover, and she is as phenomenal in her sport as Serena and Venus are in ours.

It's like women in sports are not worthy of notice, except as "Babes" or "Victims". That is why ESPN airs a half-hour show of Anna Kournikova modelling bikinis for her calendar, rather than a show about the unbelievably talented American women's tennis stars, Venus, Serena, Jennifer, Lindsay, and Monica -- fully HALF of the top 10! But, they don't happily strip down for the camera, so what use are they? :rolleyes:

Jan 27th, 2003, 08:11 PM
jennifer capriati was on the cover in march 1990

Rae Q.
Jan 27th, 2003, 08:15 PM
I hope she is! It'll be my first time buying it if she is. :)

Jan 27th, 2003, 08:45 PM
In years past, the Aus Open did not even merit a mention in Sports Illustrated

Not true. It always gets a "mention" but not as much as the other three Slams.

Steffi Graf has been on three SI covers plus a big spread in the 1997 swimsuit issue.:kiss:

I only remember Monica being on the cover when she was stabbed.:sad:

I know Venus and Serena have both been on the SI cover but not since they have made it big.:)

I agree that Annika Sorenstam deserves an SI cover but she'll never get it. First of all, she's a woman and second because she's not American.:sad: She will also never get much more than the couple million she has in endorsements.

I don't care who Martina and whats-his-name beat, it was still just a mixed doubles final and nobody gives a horses behind.:rolleyes: If ESPN thought anybody would care they would have shown that mixed doubles match after thatvery short Agassi final rather than repeat the womens' final.

Jan 27th, 2003, 10:24 PM
Unfortunately, we live in a sexist world where it is more important to watch fat men attempt to run at eachother chasing a stuffed pig skin oval for a few hours than to witness one of sports most phenominal achievements. Sexism is very VERY ugly, but football is even uglier.