I’ve started a new series for Sports Illustrated combining sports, science and technology together (and it looks like we can thank Hyundai for the sponsorship). While we are working on a few different stories, all with accompanying video, the first to go live on the site times with the start of the NFL and covers the rise of data-tracking systems used during practice. A handful of NFL teams have signed on and more will surely follow, but each uses it in a slightly different way. Check it all out at SI by clicking here.
Everyone loves a good recycling story, especially when you take three acres of Teflon-coated fiberglass that was once the Metrodome’s roof. Mix in a bag company and you have new purses and bags made out of the old Metrodome roof. Yeah, I thought that was cool too, so I wrote about it for Sports Illustrated. Check it out here.
Riffing off Kevin Durant’s proclaimed alternate career choice as a television weatherman, Nike has unleashed an entire line of weather-inspired shoes, complete with all the graphics you’d expect to see from a Doppler radar. Check out my Sports Illustrated Extra Mustard post here.
I love the U.S. Open (more stories on that coming in the next week, or so). And soon we’ll be able to love it even in the rain. The USTA announced a new retractable roof will come to Arthur Ashe Stadium as part of a larger $550 million overhaul to the tennis center in New York. Crazy times in Flushing, NY. Check out more info on the fabric roof, how they can build it on a landfill and more at my Sports Illustrated article here.
The Nashville Predators did something fun this week. They painted their ice gold. Normally hockey clubs paint ice white, but gold apparently works too. Take a look at my Sports Illustrated Extra Mustard post on the gold ice here.
A few weeks back I mentioned that my story—via London—on the new adidas smart soccer ball was in Sports Illustrated. The full story is now out from under the paywall, so you can find it by clicking here.
When Under Armour PR folks approached me with a new running shoe that they made in a bra factory I was intrigued. And so was an editor. The conversation with the designer was interesting and the feel of the shoes are certainly quite different—in a good way. Check out the story, as seen on Sports Illustrated by linking here.
Sure, the field was a mess, with players slipping all over the temporary grass sod, but the environment in CenturyLink Field in Seattle for the U.S.’s 2-0 victory over Panama in World Cup qualifying had players telling me they wanted to come back and play in Seattle all the time. The win also gave the U.S. control of the Hex qualifying pool, inching them closer to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Check out all this and more in my full-ranging article for Sports Illustrated here.
The Minnesota Vikings showed off some matte-purple helmets and redesigned flair in a uniform unveil. I chatted with star running back Adrian Peterson about the new look for a Sports Illustrated article. Check it out here.
In November I ventured back to Century Link Field in downtown Seattle to cover the MLS Playoff’s Western Conference Final between the L.A. Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders. It was a rainy night, but I stayed plenty dry up in the press box. After a L.A. win (on aggregate only), I chatted with Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane, Bruce Arena and David Beckham. Check out the article here.