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9 Sports Illustrated Covers From The New Millennium That Have Not Aged Well

9 Sports Illustrated Covers From The New Millennium That Have Not Aged Well
  • Tanya Ray Fox

Just like any aspect of popular culture, sports and athletes don’t always trend the way we think they will. Teams fall apart. Players don’t work out. Scandals derail everything. It’s the way of the world.

That’s why we cherish Sports Illustrated covers so much, because they are snapshots of a time in sports that has likely faded from memory, or existed only for a brief instant before our illusions were shattered. They preserve a moment in history that we’ve often otherwise forgotten, or retold so many times that the story itself has been reshaped entirely.

The Sports Illustrated cover allows us to see beyond the actually printed words and headlines and remember the feelings we felt at the time. They also remind us just how very wrong we had it sometimes.

Here are nine SI covers in the new millennium that have not aged well over the years:

Jason Giambi – March 25, 2002

Via SI.com Vault

Giambi headlining a who’s who of steroid users actually does kind of make him the perfect modern hitter.


Joe Paterno – Nov. 26, 2005

Via SI.com Vault

Via SI.com Vault

Waited for the ‘Out The Door at 84’ cover in 2011 but they missed that opportunity.


Derek Jeter & Johnny Damon – April 4, 2005

Via SI.com Vault

Eight months later they were teammates. I guess it was Jeter who had what Damon wanted.


Los Angeles Lakers – May 17, 2004

Via SI.com Vault

The answer to every single one of those questions was “no” and it was most definitely not their last stand.


Lance Armstrong – Aug. 5, 2002

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds a Super Bowl trophy during a rally Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Boston, to celebrate Sunday's 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Via SI.com Vault

It’s a bird!… It’s a plane!… It’s a self-righteous blood-doper who was banned from the sport forever!


Sam Bradford – April 26, 2010

Via SI.com Vault

Yeah they were there for the taking alright… Six years later the Rams used another No. 1 pick on another QB and it turns out not one franchise passer came out of that draft. Not. One.


Steve Nash & Dwight Howard – Oct. 29, 2012

Via SI.com Vault

Spoiler alert: It was not fun.


Tim Tebow – Dec. 19, 2011

Via SI.com Vault

Tim Tebow had a one month stretch in the NFL during which he didn’t completely and totally suck, and he received the most glowing, fawning SI cover I’ve seen before or since. What words could I use to describe how I feel about that? Incomprehensible, mind-blowing and unbelievable all come to mind, just off the top of my head…


Tiger Woods – Dec. 18, 2000

Via SI.com Vault

Very good at golf? Yes. A cool cat? A decade of legitimately all of the worst life choices might say otherwise.

Tanya Ray Fox

Tanya Ray Fox is a sportswriter and producer who has worked for nearly 7 years in both digital and television sports media. She has previously worked in TV production experience for Comcast SportsNet New England, NFL Network and Time Warner Cable Sports. In addition to her work for SportsGrid and appearances on the affiliated FNTSY Sports Network, she is also a contributor for USA Today's Rams Wire.