Again this year the Sports Illustrated issue following the crowning of the NASCAR Champion has little more than a footnote on the cover about the Champ and the end of a long 36 race, coast to coast, NASCAR season.
Both last years and this years NASCAR Champion has been denied his cover by college football. The Champion for both years happens to be Jimmie Johnson. Yep, the NASCAR Champ was denied yet again, not by the NFL, NBA, NHL, or even MLS (which also got slighted this year too, but that is another story) but by college football. I don't understand it. Really.
On any given Sunday the spectator crowd at one NASCAR event equals, or is bigger than, one game from each of these leagues put together.
So the question must be asked, "Is this because NASCAR isn't big enough for Sports Illustrated, or is it because straight-laced Jimmie Johnson is the Champion?"
Makes you wonder what kind of cover they would have put on this past issue if Dale Jr were the Champion.
Links to the covers in question - SI Nov. 26, 2007 and SI Nov. 27, 2006