Sports Illustrated’s power to define sports discourse faded long before 2024, however. It was the photograph’s placement on the Sports Illustrated cover that made it famous. But Mr. Woods missed the birdie putt, and Mr. Vuich did not have enough time to get to the distant 18th green. Some were also spooked by the so-called Sports Illustrated cover jinx, which was said to inflict injuries or poor play on those who graced the cover. The post The Sports Illustrated Cover, a Faded Canvas That Once Defined Sports appeared first on New York Times.