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ESPN The Mag or Sports Illustrated?

Discussion in 'Archive: The Arena' started by NorCalBirdz, Dec 3, 2006.

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  1. NorCalBirdz

    NorCalBirdz Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I like both mags, but Sports Illustrated is far superior in my opinion. ESPN the mag tends to focus too much on personal stories and not on the big picture. Some might like it that way since so much sports information is available on the net anyway, but I think Sports Illustrated is just a better overall package.

    On the other hand, I've just got to have that ESPN Digital MP3 player that comes with an ESPN the mag subscription. I mean, look at it, it must be at least 512MB!!!
     
  2. KnightWriter

    KnightWriter Administrator Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    SI is time and newsweek quality, and is much more professional. Journalistically speaking, it has no real rival as a sports magazine.
     
  3. Rogue...Jedi

    Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I've never spent much time reading ESPN the magazine, although I may be getting it soon (really more for the insider articles online), but I was never very impressed with SI back when I got it a few years ago. Seemed rather mediocre at best and not worth the cost.
     
  4. Baron-Soontir-Fel

    Baron-Soontir-Fel Jedi Knight star 5

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    You can't beat SI's brilliant photography. I also enjoy many of their writers and sections. I should get a subscription myself (I just mooched off my brother before). :p

     
  5. heels1785

    heels1785 JCC/PT/New Films Manager star 7 Staff Member Manager

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    SI is better than ESPN the Magazine, as is The Sporting News, which is oft-forgotten.

    ESPN the magazine is too much like ESPN the network, focused on bludgeoning you to death over the hype of whoever is the latest future hall-of-famer that never ends up working out.

    SI focuses on the writing, and with guys like Reilly, Verducci, and Deford, my personal favorites, they are far superior.
     
  6. New_York_Jedi

    New_York_Jedi Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I've never really read SI, so I'd have to say ESPN the mag. Of course, with ESPN you get access to the insider sections on ESPN.com, which is simply awesome, so even if SI is brilliant, I dunno if it can make up for that.
     
  7. JOHNNY-B

    JOHNNY-B Jedi Youngling star 2

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    I like them both... But I'm more a fan of Sports Illustrated. That's my personal favorite (awesome stories and photos)...
     
  8. Yodave27

    Yodave27 Jedi Master star 4

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    I refuse to get a subscription to SI until I can get the championship pack for one of my teams. You know, the book, video and ball? So it might be a while.
     
  9. Baron-Soontir-Fel

    Baron-Soontir-Fel Jedi Knight star 5

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    I was thinking of the same thing actually, but considering my neurosis, I didn't want to jinx anyone. :p
     
  10. DarthIntegral

    DarthIntegral VIP star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I have both, but got neither for the magazine. I got ESPN as a bonus for being a .com insider, and I got SI when I wanted the Steelers championship pack.

    I won't be resubscribing to SI, but I probably will renew with ESPN
     
  11. Yodave27

    Yodave27 Jedi Master star 4

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    Heh, I was convincced I was getting this for the Mets this year.

    Oh well, I'll just have to wait for the Jets.

    :p
     
  12. ApolloSmileGirl

    ApolloSmileGirl Jedi Knight star 8

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    I don't think I've ever had a doctor's appointment where I didn't come out of the office with at least 4 issues of S.I. snuggled safely in my purse. [face_blush]
     
  13. KnightWriter

    KnightWriter Administrator Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    thief!!!111!!!

    :p
     
  14. ApolloSmileGirl

    ApolloSmileGirl Jedi Knight star 8

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    I prefer to refer to it as recycling.
     
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