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The Kansas City Royals celebrate after winning Game 7 of the 1985 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  29 years later, the Royals have made it back to the World Series. (Rich Pilling/SI)

The Kansas City Royals celebrate after winning Game 7 of the 1985 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  29 years later, the Royals have made it back to the World Series. (Rich Pilling/SI)

When Tiger Woods arrived for this SI cover photo shoot on March 31, 1998, he walked right up to Samson, a snow tiger, and during 30 minutes of posing with the beast, on cue he looked intense and laughed.  But Woods made it clear that there was one thing he wouldn’t do. Before anyone had even asked, he announced, “I’m not going to growl.” (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

When Tiger Woods arrived for this SI cover photo shoot on March 31, 1998, he walked right up to Samson, a snow tiger, and during 30 minutes of posing with the beast, on cue he looked intense and laughed.  But Woods made it clear that there was one thing he wouldn’t do. Before anyone had even asked, he announced, “I’m not going to growl.” (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

Cale Yarborough was the second NASCAR driver to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated (the first was Curtis Turner on the Feb. 26, 1968 issue), after winning his second Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1977.  Yarborough, one of only two drivers in NASCAR history to win three consecutive championships (1976-78), turns 75 today.  (Eric Schweikardt/SI)

Cale Yarborough was the second NASCAR driver to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated (the first was Curtis Turner on the Feb. 26, 1968 issue), after winning his second Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1977.  Yarborough, one of only two drivers in NASCAR history to win three consecutive championships (1976-78), turns 75 today.  (Eric Schweikardt/SI)

After surpassing 3,000 points in his already illustrious collegiate career, Doug McDermott lands on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. The image is inspired by a cover of Larry Bird, “College Basketball’s Secret Weapon,” from Nov. 28, 1977. (Lane Stewart, Al Tielemans/SI)

GALLERY: 2014 Sports Illustrated Covers

After surpassing 3,000 points in his already illustrious collegiate career, Doug McDermott lands on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. The image is inspired by a cover of Larry Bird, “College Basketball’s Secret Weapon,” from Nov. 28, 1977. (Lane Stewart, Al Tielemans/SI)
GALLERY: 2014 Sports Illustrated Covers

Kate Upton, with B.J. and Justin Upton, is the first Swimsuit model to grace the cover of a non-Swimsuit SI. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Celebrities on SI Covers

Kate Upton, with B.J. and Justin Upton, is the first Swimsuit model to grace the cover of a non-Swimsuit SI. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Celebrities on SI Covers

The Dirty Game, a Sports Illustrated special investigative report that looks into the transformation of a struggling college football program into a national powerhouse, graces the cover of this issue of SI. The series is the result of a comprehensive 10-month investigation into the Oklahoma State University football program.  (Charlie Neibergall/AP; Photo illustration by SI Premedia)

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The Dirty Game, a Sports Illustrated special investigative report that looks into the transformation of a struggling college football program into a national powerhouse, graces the cover of this issue of SI. The series is the result of a comprehensive 10-month investigation into the Oklahoma State University football program.  (Charlie Neibergall/AP; Photo illustration by SI Premedia)
GALLERY: SI’s Most Dramatic Covers

Dennis Rodman has been a character since his days in the NBA. This week’s double issue of SI takes a look at Rodman’s most recent adventures (and recreates a 1995 cover). (John W. McDonough, Clay Patrick McBride/SI)

GALLERY: Dennis Rodman at His Finest

Dennis Rodman has been a character since his days in the NBA. This week’s double issue of SI takes a look at Rodman’s most recent adventures (and recreates a 1995 cover). (John W. McDonough, Clay Patrick McBride/SI)
GALLERY: Dennis Rodman at His Finest

This week’s SI cover features Adrian Peterson and details his miraculous return from a devastating knee injury. (John Biever/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Adrian Peterson

This week’s SI cover features Adrian Peterson and details his miraculous return from a devastating knee injury. (John Biever/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Adrian Peterson

Brett Favre may want to consider another comeback. After throwing three touchdowns on Sunday, Peyton Manning climbed to second all-time in passing TDs with 423. Favre is in first place with 508. Will the Broncos quarterback stick around long enough to break Favre’s record? Time will tell. (John Biever/SI, Bob Rosato/SI)

GALLERY: NFL Career Passing Touchdown Leaders

Brett Favre may want to consider another comeback. After throwing three touchdowns on Sunday, Peyton Manning climbed to second all-time in passing TDs with 423. Favre is in first place with 508. Will the Broncos quarterback stick around long enough to break Favre’s record? Time will tell. (John Biever/SI, Bob Rosato/SI)
GALLERY: NFL Career Passing Touchdown Leaders

The newest members of the Los Angeles Lakers - Steve Nash and Dwight Howard - grace the cover of SI’s annual NBA preview issue. (Peter Read Miller/SI)

The newest members of the Los Angeles Lakers - Steve Nash and Dwight Howard - grace the cover of SI’s annual NBA preview issue. (Peter Read Miller/SI)

There are less than three weeks until Americans hit the voting booth to choose a new president. We’re not sure who Patrick Ewing and John Thompson will vote for but they got along famously with then-president Ronald Reagan during this 1984 SI photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)

GALLERY: U.S. Presidents at Play | Patrick Ewing at Georgetown

There are less than three weeks until Americans hit the voting booth to choose a new president. We’re not sure who Patrick Ewing and John Thompson will vote for but they got along famously with then-president Ronald Reagan during this 1984 SI photo shoot. (Lane Stewart/SI)
GALLERY: U.S. Presidents at Play | Patrick Ewing at Georgetown

This week’s SI cover features Nets point guard Deron Williams and looks at basketball in Brooklyn, where street basketball was made famous. (Illustration by Chris Ede)

This week’s SI cover features Nets point guard Deron Williams and looks at basketball in Brooklyn, where street basketball was made famous. (Illustration by Chris Ede)

This week’s SI cover features Ed Hochuli as the NFL welcomes its referees back to work. (John W. McDonough/SI)

This week’s SI cover features Ed Hochuli as the NFL welcomes its referees back to work. (John W. McDonough/SI)

The first issue of Sports Illustrated was published on this day in 1954. Braves 3B Eddie Matthews was the first person to appear on the cover. (Mark Kauffman/SI)

The first issue of Sports Illustrated was published on this day in 1954. Braves 3B Eddie Matthews was the first person to appear on the cover. (Mark Kauffman/SI)

Usain Bolt graces the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated after capturing his second straight gold medal in the 100 meters. (Simon Bruty/SI)

Usain Bolt graces the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated after capturing his second straight gold medal in the 100 meters. (Simon Bruty/SI)