Changing pace after the previous football-heavy blurb, we deserve a break... the annual Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit Model" edition has been revealed:
Kate Upton gets the nod as the 2012 SI Swimsuit Cover Girl... a 19-year-old Victoria's Secret model from Florida via Michigan, Kate joins an impressive list of previous winners roughly equivalent to our own "First Poster" list of heroes...
I always thought the annual SI Swimsuit Issue was somewhat frivolous, an obvious attempt by Madison Avenue to fill in the void of pro sports between the Super Bowl and the Opening Day of major league baseball...
Now I see it differently... it is an annual event celebrating Renewal... the advent of a new NFL football season! Today the SI Swimsuit Issue dovetails beautifully with the NFL Scouting Combine which has become a religious retreat of sorts for serious NFL and Eagles fans... and the publication also foreshadows the Free Agency signing season, too.
It wasn't always like that.
The swimsuit issue was invented by Sports Illustrated editor Andre Laguerre in 1963 to fill the winter months, a typically slow point in the sporting calendar then. He asked fashion reporter Jule Campbell to go on a shoot to fill space, including the cover, with a beautiful model. The first issue, released in 1964, entailed a cover featuring Babette March and a five-page layout. Jule Campbell soon became a powerful figure in the modeling industry and molded the issue into a media phenomenon by featuring "bigger and healthier" California women and printing the names of the models with their photos, beginning a new supermodel era.
Babette March, the very first "first poster" in 1964...
To many, the magazine is an acceptable exhibition of female health and sexuality not out of place on a coffee table. Recent editions have mixed the modeling with a tribute to sportsmen and sportswomen. The swimsuit edition is controversial with both moralists who subscribe for sports news content as well as those who feel that the focus on fashion and swimsuit modeling is inappropriate for a sports magazine. Also feminists have expressed that "the Swimsuit Issue promotes the harmful and dehumanizing concept that women are a product for male consumption." Subscriptions have been canceled by some subscribers when it arrives. The 1978 edition, remembered for its fishnet bathing suit made famous by Cheryl Tiegs, resulted in 340 cancellations. Sports Illustrated itself makes the controversy a form of entertainment, with the issue two weeks after the swimsuit edition packed with complainants such as shocked parents and troubled librarians. Recently, the number of cancellations has declined. Nonetheless, to avoid controversy, Sports Illustrated has, since 2007, offered its subscribers the option of skipping the swimsuit edition for a one issue credit to extend their subscription by a week.
But of course, as an Eagles fan (who is somewhat obsessive-compulsive by nature---"Yeah, this is the year, gonna do it this year, it's a 1949 Buick Roadmaster... Straight 8... Fireball 8... Only 8,985 production models... Dad lets me drive slow on the driveway... But not on Monday, definitely not on Monday..."), I am more concerned with how many "first posts" these gals have racked up.
Getting the SI cover shot is like the ultimate "first comment post" on any Eagles blurb, whether it be here or on Dave Spadaro's "On The Inside" or on any of the top-rated Eagles fan sites. It's a great way to establish your brand on current events and to be remembered for the time period being commented upon...
So I thought it would be fitting to list the most prolific "first posters" or home-run hitters of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue legacy:
Most covers by model...
|Model||Number of covers: issues|
|Elle Macpherson||5: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 2006|
|Christie Brinkley||3: 1979, 1980, 1981|
|Kathy Ireland||3: 1989, 1992, 1994|
|Cheryl Tiegs||3: 1970, 1975, 1983|
|Daniela Pestova||3: 1995, 2000, 2006|
|Paulina Porizkova||2: 1984, 1985|
|Tyra Banks||2: 1996, 1997|
|Rachel Hunter||2: 1994, 2006|
|Rebecca Romijn||2: 1999, 2006|
|Elsa Benitez||2: 2001, 2006|
|Yamila Diaz-Rahi||2: 2002, 2006|
|Veronica Varekova||2: 2004, 2006|
|Carolyn Murphy||2: 2005, 2006|
The chronological list of "first post" cover model "home run hitters"...
- 1964 – Babette March
- 1965 – Sue Peterson
- 1966 – Sunny Bippus
- 1967 – Marilyn Tindall
- 1968 – Turia Mau
- 1969 – Jamee Becker
- 1970 – Cheryl Tiegs
- 1971 – Tannia Rubiano
- 1972 – Shelia Roscoe
- 1973 – Dayle Haddon
- 1974 – Ann Simonton
- 1975 – Cheryl Tiegs
- 1976 – Yvette and Yvonne Sylvander
- 1977 – Lena Kansbod
- 1978 – Maria João
- 1979 – Christie Brinkley
- 1980 – Christie Brinkley
- 1981 – Christie Brinkley
- 1982 – Carol Alt
- 1983 – Cheryl Tiegs
- 1984 – Paulina Porizkova
- 1985 – Paulina Porizkova
- 1986 – Elle Macpherson
- 1987 – Elle Macpherson
- 1988 – Elle Macpherson
- 1989 – Kathy Ireland
Interesting to note, Beyonce Knowles was on the cover but a mere 5 years ago!--- I had already forgotten that! And look at the multiple consecutive year reigns of gals like Elle Macpherson, Paulina Porizkova and Christie Brinkley! Kinda reminds you of the posting dynasties of guys like Brizer, JB99, and DDD, doesn't it?
Eagles trivia note: Who was the Eagles QB the year when the first SI Swimsuit Cover Issue was released?
Answer: In 1964, it was Norm Snead---he completed 138 of 283 pass attempts for 1,906 yards, 14 TD's and
12 INT's...a 48.8% completion percentage...Eagles finished 6-8...Head coach was Joe Kuharich...
Total Home attendance at Franklin Field was 420,061...
Hope Nat is okay... she wasn't feeling well... did not post here today... OR did the SI Swimsuit offend her feminist sensibilities? Film at 11...
Interpolations, is that a Polish thing? Cause you can get in trouble for telling Polish jokes too ya know.
Lupes: I was just busting your stones below.
You can LIKE any post you want to LIKE !
I mean, we're talking about LIKES here. We're talking about LIKES ?!? Not the posts,....not the posts we go out here and die for everyday, we're talking about LIKES. We're talking about LIKES man....we're talkin' about LIKES. We're talking about LIKES !!!! Hey, I know LIKES are important,...but we're talking about LIKES here,.....LIKES ?!?!?
LifePartner: No worries. Disregard my below posts, as they were merely a smokescreen, wiff false intent.
I was merely seeking to collect data on how you would respond to said posts, for reasons that don't concern you at this point.
You provided the data I sought,.... and after being sifted through various QC criteria, said data has been interpreted, and stored according to the appropriate Brozorian SOP's. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
p.s. oh, btw,...I know who you are now.
Well, the Dutchmaster learnt tonight just what kinda shape our health care system is in. Had to take Mrs.Dutchie to the ER, as she was having stomach pains and bleeding in a place nobody should bleed after going to the baffroom for the 2nd job. And there we sat, for 2 1/2 hours, while eveybody from kids with colds, to people clearly mentally unstable, came, were seen, and went. Clearly we were not deemed a priority. Why? Don't know why. Wifey clearly in pain, and could't sit down. You think they would at least get her in a room with a cot? Nah!!!! So we left, and will see the family doc in the AM, where she will get some care. She is feeling better, but no thanks to them.
Night from me too. My medications starting to wear out.
Thank-you for allowing me to share part of this night with you.
You guys are smarter than the average bear.
Boner,..perk up!..interpolations can also be literary,...I expect better from youse,.....btw ,..i'm sleeping on the floor,...interpolating meself between sleeping bag and bed,..it suits me,..nite ladies.......GK.
It has sumtin to do Wiff math. A method of constructing new data points wit already known data ????????????
@Spiffo Dutch out too. Bring it on Lupes, nobody home.
Dats right! Us Poles don't like all dem jokes!
@sunbuttslifepartner Prolly that a mirror is about your likeness.
@Brozer8 Ha, theyre harder on you than me, no innuendo intended.
@Brozer8 Of course "you" do... Wink wink
@dutchrubb ER suks... I once to my kiddo in... She's literally throwing up all over their floor... Repeatedly.... You'd think they'd wanna get us in just so they could stop having to clean up after her... Nope. Instead, after an hour I go up and ax WTF... The answer? We already saw her!!!! Wow, you'd think I would have remembered THAT... SMH, it was an unforgettable experience fo sho
Good Night, Drill Sgt. Sir!!!
I have CNC milling machines in my shop. THey can make holes and bores by interpolating them from Polar coordinates
That's Aztec math... 2012...
@tboned208 Shrugs shoulders...
It's when the Earth's poles reverse polarity and the world ends... like this year sometime...
go in a circle
@tboned208 Good... Will youse tell me what it means too please?
@dutchrubb Eff you !
@atvcar Well, It would not be so bad if the story ended here, but there is an earlier component. She was supposed to have a CAT Scan earlier in the week, took all the nasty stuff getting up in the middle of night and all, gets in there, and somebody forgot she is allergic to Cat scan dye, so do the whole routine over again three nights later, but add Prentazone for allergy, then when we get back in, insurance denied the coverage for second test when the first was approved, and we still do not have answer for 5 days what happened there. Think it is about time to change hospitals, don't ya think?
@Spiffo Hey, call Scooby that, not me.
True dat, dawg...
@atvcar Thanks boys, and Spiff, you are right. When we get that fine new health care, will have to wait 6-8 months just to see a doc.
@dutchrubb Obamacare at its finest... YWIA