Sports Illustrated 2007 global warming cover was fashionable at the time
- Cover March 12, 2007
- this was far from SI’s silliest error in recent years.
- pitcher Dontrelle Willis in Dolphins Stadium.
Presumably he’s on the mound, but it’s hard to tell since he is above his knees in water - the text explains that “the seas will rise and coastal areas, including parts of South Florida, will eventually be underwater.” In fairness, SI’s prediction of sea level rise stretches to 2100, so it cannot yet be disproven. But the cover certainly suggests more immediate impacts, and elsewhere the story stresses that “global warming is not coming; it is here.” Much of the rest of the piece is an anecdotal litany of spectator and participant sports purportedly being ruined by global warming - ski seasons getting shorter, summer heat waves causing canceled high school football practices, and even the bats used by the hitters Willis faces jeopardized by
- warming-induced insect infestations of ash forests.
Nearly four years later, few of the article’s scary scenarios are standing the test of time. Since 2007, we have seen bad ski seasons have followed by good ones, unusually hot summers followed by mild ones - in other words, fluctuations in weather that are
- completely normal and nothing for the sports fans - or the rest of us - to be particularly worried about.
The good news is that the public is wisely tuning out global warming alarmism, though Willis may have been convinced by rising sea levels to move inland - he is on the Cincinnati Reds roster for 2011. Either it was global warming or the
- $12 million a year he is getting from the Reds."
- Would Willie Mays have caught this ball today?"...
- want you to think it does.