In these paintings, which appear on the card announcing Christmas gift subscriptions to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Russell Hoban has illuminated the high points of sport in the year now drawing to a close.
Their brilliance, we think, reflects one of the qualities which—each week in every year—SPORTS ILLUSTRATED tries to achieve. Their excitement seems to us to symbolize the spirit of the holidays and the spirit of sport.
As all of us are pleased to do in this festive season, the paintings look back. But they look forward, too, stating the challenge to be met by sport—and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED—next year.
As they announce to new friends a year-long Christmas present, they may remind old friends of a fortnight-long Christmas event, which comes next week: our special two-in-one year-end issue. And as they announce to some a gift of quality extending through a whole new year, they remind us on SPORTS ILLUSTRATED of our New Year's resolution: to do the best we can to make that quality even better.
Above all, to all, new friends and old, they say for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED:
A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!