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Si Should Strip Itself Of Swimsuit Issue

Fri., Feb. 24, 1995

San Francisco quarterback Steve Young endured years of second string, second guessing and second place before he finally graced Sports Illustrated’s cover, arms extended in Super Bowl victory.

But Daniela, who “glistens in Bermuda,” we’re told, hoisted her color-coordinated T-shirt seductively and, voila, she had “earned” her coveted front-page spread. Go figure.

Bad boy Dale Earnhardt risked his life for two decades behind the wheel of ol’ No. 3 and won seven NASCAR Winston Cup season championships before SI featured him in a spread.

But all Manon, Vendela and Cheryl did was lollygag on sea and sand, show a lot of flesh - and possibly inject silicon.

The annual SI swimsuit edition might be a cash-register smash, and it certainly causes some of my colleagues to drool like Pavlov’s dogs, but it cheapens an otherwise brilliant sports publication.

It also proves there’s no escape from bimbos in bikinis.

They’re everywhere - in television commercials, at supermarket checkout stands, on every other video cover, and once a year, unfortunately, all over that sanctuary of fine sports photography and writing: Sports Illustrated.

The SI is supposed to be about Ali, Agassi and Super Bowls in Miami - not anorexic blondes without surnames. It’s about an eclectic group of women determined to become the first all-female crew to sail into the America’s Cup - not T & A in Costa Rica.

Most of all, Sports Illustrated is about quality reporting and writing, the kind that makes even curling, golf and knee injuries seem interesting.

Can you imagine SI writers E.M. Swift or Ron Fimrite penning this line: “As she flies across the beach of the Faro Escondido resort, Patricia makes like Peter Pan with no strings attached - except those on a bikini by Darling Rio ($42)”?

The swimsuit edition never enters my home.

I want my son to view women with respect and not as buxom babes who exist solely for our sensual pleasure.

An old proverb sums up the SI’s supermodels best: “A beautiful woman lacking modesty and discretion is like a fine gold ring in a pig’s snout.”

I want my family to root for sports champions - not with the pigs.

MEMO: This sidebar appeared with story: Con-swimsuit issue It never enters my home. For opposing view; See headline: No other problems to worry about?

The following fields overflowed: SUPCAT = COLUMN, EDITORIAL - From Both Sides

This sidebar appeared with story: Con-swimsuit issue It never enters my home. For opposing view; See headline: No other problems to worry about?

The following fields overflowed: SUPCAT = COLUMN, EDITORIAL - From Both Sides



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