Sports Illustrated Uses Powerful Image From Boston Marathon Bombings For Cover

BOSTON (CBS) — The bombings near the finish line of Monday’s Boston Marathon will have a profound impact on many areas of life, and while it’s very far down the list in terms of importance, sports is certainly one of them.

That much was made very clear on Monday night, when professional sports teams around the country honored those affected with moments of silence before the starts of their games, and again on Tuesday, when Sports Illustrated released its cover for this week’s issue.

The covers shows a downed marathon runner on the pavement, with three police officers reacting to the explosions and surveying the scene.

The headline, simply, reads “Boston”.

Sports Illustrated's cover for the April 22, 2013 issue

Sports Illustrated’s cover for the April 22, 2013 issue

“With the deadline rapidly approaching soon after the tragedy occurred, our team of editors and writers quickly worked together to provide our readers with coverage that is highly personal and emotional,” Chris Stone, managing editor of the magazine, said in a release. “And we had to change this week’s SI Cover at the last minute with a photo from the many that were coming in from the scene.”

Stone also said, “We chose to run the cover photo because we felt it truly captured the horrific moment at the end of the race — there’s a fallen runner, police with their guns drawn and loose debris from the explosion.”

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