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10 Magazines to Help You Start Checking Off Your Holiday Shopping List

Keep pace with the ever-earlier-arriving holiday displays with our Pre-Season Red Tag Sale featuring magazines up to 90 percent off for everyone on your shopping list.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (already) everywhere you go, and the sight of all those snowmen and reindeer can make you feel like you’re already behind. For goodness sake, there’s been no trick or treating and the turkey hasn’t even been basted yet.

But before the holidays spin too far out of control, we can help you at least check a few things off your list with our Pre-Season Red Tag Sale.

With select magazines—some of our most popular titles—70 to 90 percent off, you’re sure to find a gift just about everyone on your list can look forward to all year long. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find.

Cooking Light: For 25 years, this magazine has been making over comfort foods and other indulgences into healthy meals for health and fitness buffs.

Coastal Living: Got an adventurer to shop for? Take them to destinations from coast to coast with this magazine that just recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.

InStyle: No fashionista should be without this bible of inspiration that covers best looks, trends and beauty tips from head to toe.

Sports Illustrated: Help a sports fan get his or her fix with this weekly magazine known for its comprehensive coverage and well-written features.

Entertainment Weekly: Gossip enthusiasts will look forward to weekly updates on their favorite stars plus insight into the hottest television shows and movies.

Time: For news junkies, this weekly newsmagazine is a must, as it goes in-depth into the latest headlines here and around the globe.

Parenting: Parents with children of any age will find plenty of kid-friendly advice in this magazine that’s packed with how to’s, recipes and more.

Field & Stream: Keep your outdoorsman (or woman) ready year round with product reviews on equipment and gear, as well as preparedness tips for any situation.

Outdoor Photographer: This magazine helps the artist behind the camera capture the best in landscape, sports or other outdoor settings with advice and equipment recommendations.

Popular Science: Gearheads will get into this title that explores the inner workings of the latest in technology, science, travel and more.

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ESPN the Magazine’s Age Issue and the Changing Attitudes Towards Sports and Aging

ESPN the Magazine Oct. 1, 2012 issueIn sports, adoration is largely reserved for the seemingly unlimited potential of youth, but some magazines are changing their approach to athletes and aging.

The relationship between sports and aging is tenuous at best. The youthful phenoms are adored, the legends are revered—despite the constant need to discover and herald their replacements—and the over-the-hill are often not so quietly urged to make a graceful exit.

But aging within the sport has largely gone unexamined, its effects unknown until it is too late—such as the case with NFL stars now battling the effects of repeated head injuries before the preventive measures and precautions of today’s game were put in place.

ESPN the Magazine broached the subject in a different way in its first-ever Age Issue, which hit newsstands on Friday. In the Oct. 1 issue, the magazine follows four Major Leaguers at different stages of their careers, starting with the phenom at 21 and the aging veteran at 33.

Of course, in a sports culture that celebrates youth, the phenom—Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout—was featured on the cover.

Beyond merely baseball, the issue touts general age analytics, including career expectancy projections and the peak age at every position in every sport.

Back to baseball, another article examines the “real age” of 38-year-old New York Mets pitcher Robert Allen Dickey’s pitching arm. The magazine surmises that his preferred knuckle ball reduces the wear and tear—and thus age—of his pitching arm, which it rates as that of a 32-year-old.

In recent weeks, some magazine covers have taken the more usual approach to sports aging. Relative league newcomers and hyped QBs Cam Newton and Tim Tebow were celebrated on GQ’s NFL Kick-Off issue.

Tebow’s appeaSports Illustrated Sept. 10, 2012 issuerance was the source of controversy since the New York Jets QB received “starter” attention, though he’s Mark Sanchez’s backup on the squad, and the photos used were recycled from his superstardom as the University of Florida’s all-everything quarterback.

His latest feature in Vogue’s October issue is sure to draw more criticism, as he poses shirtless (again) and deflects any want for attention, despite what some would say is the obvious appearance to the contrary.

Meanwhile, another’s approach may signal why a greater examination is needed between the two subjects. Sports Illustrated featured former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, but from his girlfriend’s perspective as she’s become the caregiver for a heralded athlete affected by the violence of the sport in which he excelled.

Such suffering by McMahon and others of his era have helped bring awareness to the severity of head injuries in the NFL—and other sports—and have led to measures to minimize injury in the game.

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Twitter vs. Tape Delay: How the 2012 Summer Olympics Reinforced That Timing Is Everything

Mobile devices and social media provide up-to-the-minute alerts on the 2012 Summer Games.

Social media meets tape delay may change how we watch future Olympic Games. For now, we’ve got carefully worded spoiler alerts, streaming video or tuning out until prime time.

The 2012 Summer Olympics are dominating the air waves, but despite the theoretical ratings-boosting move to show the most anticipated events in tape delay in prime time, social media is breaking all suspense by providing up-to-the-minute spoilers.

But this isn’t just unique to networks and daily news outlets. Some magazines are getting in on the action too.

Notably, one of the leading sports magazines—well, one of its social media extensions—drew the ire of some fans for spoiling the outcome of the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay well ahead of its prime-time tape-delayed airing.

Sports Illustrated’s Facebook page heard the fallout after posting a photo of France’s 4×100 freestyle relay win over the U.S., who settled for silver on the podium. Many fans expressed—rather vehemently and colorfully—their displeasure over the magazine’s page essentially ruining the much-anticipated event that had yet to be broadcast.

The not-so-subtle update read: “SPOILER: Payback for France, as they outlast the U.S. in the 4×100 freestyle relay.” A photo of the victorious French team celebrating was shown below.

After more than 80 comments from fans, the second spoiler alert posted was more cryptic—much to fans’ approval. It read: “*SPOILER ALERT* Did Aurora, Colorado swimmer Missy Franklin medal in today’s 100-meter backstroke?”

Even the photo of Franklin posted along with it didn’t tell the whole story. For that, one would have to click on the accompanying link. That approach seemed to placate fans that the social extension of the weekly sports magazine was taking their concerns to heart.

Call it the pitfalls of the “new” modern Olympic Games. The proliferation of social media—not to mention smartphones and their portability—has viewers more plugged in than ever before.

And while watching streaming programming online or on handheld devices may be growing, who doesn’t want to cheer on the world’s best athletes in HD? There’s just no contest between an iPad vs. a 55” LED or plasma for Olympic competition.

The availability of online viewing is one of the mainstay reasons NBC is using to defend itself against its many critics who’ve taken to Twitter and denote themselves with the hashtag #nbcfail.

Fundamentally, it’s the time difference that makes the live social media updates with appropriately worded spoiler alerts vs. tape-delayed programming more treacherous territory to navigate.

Maybe, just maybe, in two years for the 2014 Winter Olympics or four years when the Summer Games roll around again, we’ll have mastered a greater reliance on or even developed a preference for streaming video, and tape delay or not, we’ll know the results even before they hit the Twitter feed.

After all, these Olympic Games have reinforced that timing is everything.


How Sports Illustrated’s ‘We Were Penn State’ Cover Missed the Point

Sports Illustrated July 30, 2012 CoverSports Illustrated’s latest cover takes a shot at school pride, continuing to define an entire university by its football program’s misdeeds despite lessons to the contrary.

After the NCAA announced on Monday unprecedented sanctions against Penn State University for inaction among prominent leaders in a child sex abuse scandal that began to unfold last fall, Sports Illustrated magazine was quick to devote its July 30, 2012 cover to the fallout.

By the end of the day, the cover, featuring a lone helmet on a football field against a black background with the words “We Were Penn State” in large, bold letters, was quickly causing fallout of its own, with many Penn State alumni voicing their displeasure on social media and message boards over the (mis)use of the school’s beloved chant.

Much time has been spent—and rightly so—in stressing that the child victims and the lack of protection they were given takes precedence over football, athletics, image or anything else seemingly used as an excuse not to ensure their safety.

But with the NCAA stepping in and assuming an atypical role in legislating matters of morals or ethics—particularly as they don’t relate to its own bylaws—it was a very crushing and costly reminder of the same.

As NCAA President Mark Emmert revealed punishment after punishment, the resounding reminder to big-time college football (or any sport) programs was that some things are greater than themselves.

Who knew what and when and where to cast blame in the Penn State scandal can be debated ad nauseum. But what has been revealed over and over is that there were plenty of adults—ranging from the powerless to the very powerful—who should have done more, but for whatever reason did not.

On Sunday, the statue of former longtime head coach Joe Paterno was removed from its place outside the stadium, and on Monday, school administrators somberly accepted their fate from the NCAA.

Perhaps the intent of Sports Illustrated’s cover was to symbolize that what was Penn State—at least where the scandal is concerned—can be put to rest and now the long road to rebuild its image can begin.

But that only tells part of the story, and that’s why twisting the words of “We Are Penn State” was more salt in the wound. Ironically, Sports Illustrated’s use of this longtime chant of solidarity—some even trace it to the days of segregation in the late 1940s, though it wasn’t a stadium-wide cheer until the late 1970s—is creating more division.

What Sports Illustrated disregarded—at least judging by the cover—was that image goes beyond football, and the rest of the university—while it may suffer as a result of the athletic program’s misdeeds—should not be defined by it alone.

Ultimately, the actions of a few—far-reaching though they were—may have the power to cripple an athletic program for even the foreseeable future. But once again, some things are still more important and bigger than football, and Sports Illustrated’s latest cover missed the opportunity to reinforce that.


The 10 Best Magazines to Curl Up With for Great Reads

No time to delve into a good book? No problem. These well-written magazines can be squeezed into the busiest of schedules to satisfy the great read you’re craving.

Sure, you’d love to spend a lazy afternoon getting lost in your favorite book or the latest bestseller. But either there’s not enough time or you can never get more than a few pages or chapters in before an interruption permanently takes you away.

Don’t think you have to give up leisurely reading altogether. Turn to these ten magazines to soak in their longer-form writing that’s still short enough to fit into the busiest of schedules. It’s the next best thing to reading a great book.

The Atlantic: Every page of this magazine is well-written, but the features on the latest social issues—like the effects Facebook has on us, changes in autism diagnoses or whether women can have it all—are the real gems.

Sports Illustrated: Even if you’re not a sports fan—but especially if you are—you’ll appreciate the well-written attention given to topics like agents paying players, Tuscaloosa’s devastating tornadoes and Title IX 40 years later.

Saveur: You’ll want to eat up this delicious writing that explores simple pleasures at home and exotic locales and cuisine abroad. It’s travel-meets-food in its best page-turning—and low-cost getaway—form.

National Geographic: Best known for its breathtaking photos, this magazine’s articles on sociological topics—like the impact of dying languages—and others with an environmental and scientific focus are written just as well.

EatingWell: As if the healthy recipes and nutrition news weren’t reason enough to read, features like the conglomeration of dairy farms and abundance (and health benefits) of salmon put this magazine over the top.

Garden & Gun: This Southern Living-meets-Oxford American publication explores everything Southern through the written word of some of the region’s best writers like Rick Bragg, Roy Blount, Jr., and Winston Groom.

Time: This news magazine provides thoughtful and thorough examinations of the latest political issues like healthcare and changes in international governments, as well as a healthy dose of culture, travel, food and sports.

Smithsonian: There’s a reason it was voted the most interesting magazine in America. Covering a little of everything—history, psychology, medical research, sports—and excellent writing surely had something to do with that.

Wired: Not just for techies, this magazine’s great writing on provocative and timely subjects like hurricane hunters, Olympic athletes and the latest in movies and TV are sure to please anyone looking for an interesting read.

Rolling Stone: If you dig that hip rocker vibe, you’ll enjoy reading it too. This magazine exudes cool in every way—including its writing on politics, social issues, music, television, video games and more music.

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5 Types of Dads and the Perfect, Customer-Approved Magazine Gifts for Father’s Day

Field & Stream Skills Issue coverWhat type of Dad do you have? If he doesn’t even wear ties, check out our Father’s Day gift guide for great magazine subscriptions—according to our customers—that may better suit his interests.

Since not every Dad is an avid golfer or griller, a lot of ties tend to get purchased for Father’s Day. And Dad, being the great Dad he is, expresses his appreciation one more piece of neckwear to add to his collection.

But this year, rather than prepping him for the boardroom or the office, give Dad something that suits his interests away from work—and something he can look forward to all year long. Use this little guide to determine what kind of Dad he is and what magazine subscription would make the best gift!

1. The Sports Dad: Whether it’s football, basketball, baseball, hockey or tennis, he’s always watching the “big game.” Indulge Dad’s sports obsession with a Sports Illustrated subscription, a customer favorite packed with the latest on all his favorite sports and entertaining features.

2. The Outdoorsy Dad: If he prefers the boat or the woods to his favorite recliner or stadium seat, Dad may enjoy Field & Stream magazine. It’s a hit with customers, as it covers everything from big game, deer and bird hunting to saltwater, freshwater and fly fishing.

3. The Intellectual Dad: Maybe Dad is something of a news junkie, but he also likes to be well-read on the latest topics. Thanks to its well-written and in-depth pieces on politics, the economy, social issues and more, a subscription to The Atlantic magazine would be ideal.

4. The Gearhead Dad: Whether he’s restoring an old classic or appreciates cars of a bygone era, Dad might like Hot Rod—another magazine that’s gets high marks customers. Or if he prefers his freedom on two wheels, he’ll enjoy Motorcyclist, which covers all aspects of street bikes.

5. The Healthy Dad: Maybe Dad likes to work (out) hard and play hard. If so, Men’s Health is the answer. Customers praise it for its well-rounded content on fitness routines and nutrition, along with travel and entertainment recommendations for much-needed downtime.