<
>

Behind the Pages

Peter Yang for ESPN

Leader of the Pack

PETER YANG DIGS DOWN ON PHOTOGRAPHING 18 VERY GOOD DOGS ... OH, AND BROWNS QUARTERBACK BAKER MAYFIELD.

What happens when Baker Mayfield and 18 poochies show up to a cover shoot? One word: chaos. And three more words: adorable doggo party! It all began with the idea to photograph Mayfield, a canine lover, with some dogs (a nod to Cleveland's Dawg Pound). But when the very panty four-legged models arrived, we finally had an answer to mankind's greatest existential question: Who let the dogs out? Apparently, we did. Luckily, Mayfield didn't mind taking a back seat to the pooches-he even broke up a doggy fight (bad dogs! no!) on set between a Shih Tzu and a pit bull mix. Now, that's what we call a team player.


Remembering a Founding Father

WRITER, EDITOR AND RACONTEUR GLEN WAGGONER WAS A PIONEER FOR BOTH ESPN THE MAGAZINE AND FANTASY SPORTS.

We were bigger than most, and so was he. When ESPN The Magazine debuted 21 years ago as an oversized biweekly, one of our founding editors was Glen Waggoner, a larger-than-life Texan who resembled Henry VIII -- and Santa. But what really made Waggoner memorable was the size of his heart. We wanted to put out a publication that readers would open with anticipation, and he made that mission easier by treating every day like Christmas. When he died on July 23 at the age of 78, memories came rushing back to those of us who worked beside him. He had come to journalism by happy accident when he worked at Columbia and joined friends from the publishing world to form the original Rotisserie League. That league would help ignite the fantasy sports boom and give Waggoner a new career. "He sure loved a good story," says John Papanek, our first editor-in-chief. "He could tell them, write them, edit them and inspire them." In a way, he's still doing that. Among his many mentees is senior writer Seth Wickersham, who keeps a baseball card of Waggoner in his office. "We knew each other for years," says former editor John Hassan, "but he always ended our calls with 'Thank you, sir.'" Waggoner is survived by his wife, Sharon McIntosh; his children, Lynn, Henry and Daniel; and five grandchildren. He also leaves a legacy that includes the birth of both fantasy sports and ESPN The Magazine. Thank you, sir. -- Steve Wulf