Yesterday, the first pieces of The Sports Gene went public, in the form of a Sports Illustrated excerpt. In the magazine version of the excerpt, there are diagrams illustrating some of the concepts. Since this sort of art isn’t quite in the wheelhouse of a typical SI story, my editor Chris Hunt thought it would be a good idea for me to give the art department a few sketches to get them started. The art in the magazine looks great, and I thought it might be neat for anyone who’s interested to see what I sketched out, and some of the notes in the margin suggesting captions or pull quotes. (And you can see that I wasn’t planning on making my quarterback drawing of Peyton Manning originally, so I started with jersey number 12.) So, hopefully you can ignore my lack of art prowess.