The cover photo and feature was about what's happened to Michael Vick's dogs.
The Michael Vick dog-fighting story was primarily a 2007 story, yet a December 2008 SI cover proclaiming 2008 the "Best Sports Year Ever" features Michael Vick's dogs.
I'm left with two reactions. First, that sports coverage overkills the negative. The SI story is supposed to be a positive story about how the dogs are doing well now, but it is another chance to talk about a very negative story (and how does it justify a cover?).
Second, the excessive coverage of the Michael Vick dogfighting story continues to appear to me as scapegoating. I'm a freaking member of PETA, so I don't think I'm making light of dogfighting when I say this. But in a society that mostly doesn't care how animals are treated, that continues to eat historically high amounts of meat, that calls killing animals by hunting "sport," the lengthy coverage of a very visible, public, and egregious mistreatment of animals seems to me a psychological distraction.