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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue? No Thanks

Kate Upton
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated
I’m one of the dinosaur’s on the planet that still subscribes to magazines. No, not on some tablet (the only tablet I have is the one I take for this darn cold!). Not on some ‘device’ or computer. Nope. I get my magazine’s the old fashioned way. Through the U.S. Postal service, delivered to my mailbox (although not on Saturday’s for long, I guess).

I like going to the mailbox on Friday and checking to see if my magazines are there. I get two at the moment, Sports Illustrated and Time. I kind of wonder how long they’ll be coming yet, because I see that Newsweek has gone ‘all digital’. I suspect it’s kind of tough turning those electronic pages while laying on the couch munching chips and holding a perfectly chilled Grain Belt Longneck. But maybe not.

Anyway, those are the two I get right now. One for some in-depth coverage of news stories, the other for some in-depth coverage of sports stories.

Then I get a notice in the mail. I could, if I chose, refuse the swimsuit issue and the company would extend my subscription by one issue. So I did.

Yes, it’s true. I refused the swimsuit issue. I suspect now that I am probably the only human of the male species to do that. I know that this is the biggest selling of Sports Illustrated each year. Thousands…no, millions…of guys anxiously await the issue each year, breathlessly waiting on pins and needles to see who is on the cover.

I’m the goof, the oddball, the nerd that refuses it. Oh, it’s not because I have anything against beautiful young women posing in very little clothing for professional photographers. Not at all. Heck, truth be known, I’ve subscribed to some of those magazines through the years (but, of course, only for the interviews and articles). Nope, if people want to have their pictures taken in only their underpants or less, it’s no skin off my nose. Whether or not you have your britches on is your business. And, if I want to get a magazine with pictures like that (and who knows, sometime I might!), I’ll go to the drug store or the grocery store or the book store and pick one up.

But I’m one of those weirdo’s that get Sports Illustrated for the sports. I think Sports Illustrated has too many pictures in it as it is…I don’t need an issue with nothing but pictures, no matter how naked they are.

So just hold that issue back, and send me an extra one at the end of my subscription period. Maybe instead of a picture of Kate Upton, I can get a story about B.J.Upton. I’m waaaay ready for some baseball stories!

Oh, and do you know, is Playboy still being published as an old-fashioned magazine or have they gone all digital?

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