Athens, GA (Apr 1, 2008) - Sports Illustrated has done a wonderful thing in digitizing all of its historic content and putting it on line for free. Today is one of those great days to go back and read the memorable story of the remarkable Sidd Finch:
He's a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent life-style, Sidd's deciding about yoga—and his future in baseball.
In opening this treasure trove of content, Sports Illustrated is also casting a spotlight on the perception, held by many people, that the depth and style of the magazine's writing has gone to hell in a hand basket. Will they be able to argue this point once people start digging around in the vault and make comparisons?
And more importantly, how long will this great resource continue to be free? Remember a time when all of the content on ESPN.com was free? Will the SI Vault become an April Fool's tease for readers down the road?
Oh and one more point, it would be nice if Sports Illustrated made it possible to print out an article in its entirety and not have to do it page by page.
SI Vault: The Curious Case of Sidd Finch (and while you are there, take a look at that issue's cover to remember what is was like when the Big East was actually relevant in college basketball)