Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Sports Illustrated's 50th anniversary profile looks at Gulfport fishing rodeo

Gulfport and South Mississippi have reeled in some impressive publicity this week, thanks to Sports Illustrated, which hits newsstands today. The magazine highlights Mississippi in a six-page feature as the 49th state to be profiled in its 50th anniversary state-by-state coverage series.

As part of the profile, the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo in Gulfport is featured on in-state covers as a sporting event unique to the state. Also, Mississippi native and Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Ford is a guest essayist.

In addition, there is the popular poll measuring the state's favorite teams, from college and the NFL to the NBA and NHL. Former Ole Miss football coach and current Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville is listed as "the enemy of the state" while LSU is the state's most hated opponent.

The profile contains tons of facts, figures and photographs highlighting the most memorable moments and personalities that have been a part of the state's sports landscape.

The "50 Years, 50 States, 50 Sports" is part of the magazine's 50th anniversary celebration. It began in July 2003 and continues through July 2004.

SI's actual 50th anniversary date is Aug. 16.

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