One reason I enjoy Sports Illustrated so much is embodied in the most recent issue that came to my house yesterday: The Sports-tine Chapel! I love it. A four-fold rendition of The Sistine Chapel ceiling done as if Michelangelo were a modern sports fan.
SI takes their work seriously but doesn’t take themselves or sports too seriously. It’s not intended to be profane in the sense that sports is more important than what’s represented in the actual panels of creation but to show the story of sports in a unique way that shows the humanity of sports. That’s what I like about SI: it tells the human story and often speaks of the search for meaning in those who compete in the race or the games.