I would imagine it's the only time an official has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and who better than the 24 inch pythons of Ed Hochuli. Hochuli has always been one of the NFL's most recognizable officials, but he became the rallying cry for fans yearning for the real refs to return. While it was nice to see the real refs receive ovations all around the country before Week 4's games, predictably, the honeymoon period was short lived. And that's the way it should be. At least SI was smart enough not to put Jeff Triplette on the cover.
(H/T Paul Pabst)