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For obvious reasons the city of Louisville has been getting a lot of coverage in the highly prestigious sports illustrated as of late; with basketball, football, and of course horse racing it got me thinking how many covers has Louisville had through the years in the hallowed publication; well I decided to find that out.

Of course this cover ran November of last year, featuring Peyton Siva ushering in the basketball season. It should be noted though, that there were several alternate covers of this issue featuring several teams who received a lot of ink.

From April of this year came this tragic cover reminding us all of the injury faced by Louisville guard Kevin Ware in the Cards’ elite eight contest against Duke. For those of us that saw that live it will be an image that will be hard to get out of our minds. None the less, Ware’s attitude and spirit has made him probably an even bigger star and his positivity has led to steady recovery since that terrible incident.

Going back to 1980, this cover ran commemorating the Cards first NCAA championship with the headline; “The Great Griffith!” this issue really cemented the Cards’ status in the basketball community.

Going forward to the Cards’ next championship in ’86, this cover ran featuring MVP “Never Nervous” Pervis Ellison.


This cover is from a couple years ago and features the Cards in a tip off situation with seven other schools, highlighting the magazine's picks for that year's elite eight.


This cover from 2009, is SI's annual March Madness collage prominently features former Louisville big man, Terrence Williams. If your curious by the way Williams is currently in the NBA playing for the Boston Celtics.

Hey, quick game of Where's Waldo, rather than Waldo in red and white though look for Pitino in just white; to continue the coach seek and find try to find Coach K in the bathroom and Calipari screaming.

And with that little trip down Cover memory lane, I conclude for now simply to say keep your eyes peeled when passing a magazine rack.

All covers courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Cover image courtesy of Interactives

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Recently, I completed a Masters degree in Education and have been writing for Louisville.com for over a year now, prior to that I published a humor book for young adults titled Wearing Socks with Sandals, a book about getting through high school, college, and all of the requisite problems that present themselves during that time. Currently, I spend much of my time in classroom settings as well as writing in various areas. Of course, I’m a big sports fan and love music and film, and love finding new stuff around Louisville.

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