ESPN The Magazine’s Thanksgiving issue focuses on family, food, football and being thankful for young quarterbacks shaking up the NFL. In the latest issue, on newsstands Nov. 16, two separate cover stories feature Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes, examining why they have Los Angeles and Kansas City fans so grateful this holiday.
Goff is in the midst of a wild three-year career arc that has taken him from rookie bust to MVP candidate, but it seems the Rams quarterback has learned to enjoy the ride. Senior writer Tim Keown examines “The California Cool of Jared Goff” and asks: Just how far can his rise lift LA?
Mahomes seems to be the rarest of quarterbacks, capable of making the impossible look routine. Senior writer Seth Wickersham highlights “The Radical Confidence of Patrick Mahomes,” looking at where his gifts came from – and where they lead from here.
In “United We Feast,” senior writer Wright Thompson offers a guide to the greatest Thanksgiving ever, featuring a week of amazing football, starting with Chiefs-Rams (Chiefs-Rams!!!) on Nov. 19. Thompson also tackles the most important part of the holiday: the chance to be your best self.
Additional content highlights:
The Calm Disrupter – In his ninth year in the league, Ndamukong Suh has a new home, a new position and a new understanding of his role on the defense. By Domonique Foxworth
Eat Tide Eat – As his team feasts on opponents and his NFL prospects sizzle, Alabama’s Jonah Williams has all the makings of college football’s top tackle—and top amateur chef. By David M. Hale
All-Purpose Back – San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida carries more than just the load for the Niners. He carries a devotion to family and work ethic that has made him a surprising—and grateful—star. By Joel Anderson
“Everybody Wanted to Keep Playing” – The oral history of how Garry Shandling’s super-secret hoops game bonded and inspired a generation of comedians. By Anna Peele
Gritty Gratitude – It’s Flyers mascot Gritty’s first Thanksgiving! He stole hearts when he burst onto the scene in September, and now this mascot joins an overflowing cornucopia of furballs and floofs overseeing big games this holiday week.
Also in this issue:
The Truth – Columnist Howard Bryant examines why it will take more than a series of scandals to bring about the death of amateurism. Only collective action can do that.
Two Steps that Changed the NBA – From outdoor courts in Serbia to the NBA hardwood, a look inside the story of how the Eurostep has become the most unguardable move in basketball. By Jordan Brenner.
This Landshark Is Your Landshark – Ole Miss’ new mascot is like the best mascots everywhere: strange, absurd and magically unifying. Writer Aimee Nezhukumatathil would know: She was once a beaver.
Spirits of Morgantown – Blueberry? Butterscotch? Cinnamon toast? In West Virginia, every possible variety of moonshine flows openly on game day, bringing together one historic football community. By Jake Trotter
The Big Ticket – An 8-step guide to the next month in sports, including a look at Tua’s Heisman run and some Rorschach fun with Coach K.
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