Centerfielder Willie Mays and manager Leo Durocher of the 1954 World Champion New York Giants pose with Durocher’s wife, actress Laraine Day, during spring training at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on March 2, 1955. Durocher, inducted into the Hall of Fame as a manager, was born 110 years ago today on July 27, 1905. (Hy Peskin for SI)
If you watched the Super Bowl, you were probably all too aware of the arena in which they played: the University of Phoenix stadium. Home to…a team that is in no way affiliated with the school (it’s where the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals play) but was made possible thanks to the — wait for it — G.I. Bill. If that strikes you as a bit incongruous, you’re not alone. That’s why the White House is hoping to close the loopholes that allow a place like U of Phoenix the ability to afford such an expensive branding opportunity.