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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

SUPER BOWL XLVII

THE MADDEST 2 MINUTES IN SPORTS

FOUR OF THE LAST FIVE SUPER BOWLS HAVE BEEN DECIDED ON THE FINAL DRIVE. IF THE PAST IS PROLOGUE, THIS YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIP COULD WELL COME DOWN TO A TWO-MINUTE DRILL—AND TO HOW WELL JOE FLACCO OR COLIN KAEPERNICK HANDLES THE PRESSURE WHEN THE CLOCK IS TICK ... TICK ... TICKING

By Austin Murphy

You Know the Drills

Keeping in mind score, yardage, clock management and big plays, SI stacked up the five best and the three worst (criteria: cringe-worthiness) two-minute drills in XLVI years of Super Bowls

By Drew Woolley

2 Min. Drill

HarBowl, Colin Kaepernick and Ray Lewis's last game—you already know the popular plotlines. But these games often come down to the small stuff. For regurgitation during Super Bowl XLVII, consider these subplots and supporting characters

By Ben Reiter

In the Fields of The Lord

THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH—BUT THEY'RE UNLIKELY TO TAKE HOME THE LOMBARDI TROPHY THIS WEEK. HOW CHRISTIAN ATHLETES RECONCILE THE CULTURE OF FOOTBALL WITH THE TEACHINGS OF THEIR FAITH

By Mark Oppenheimer

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Dogs Of Hoops

NOT SINCE NOLAN RICHARDSON'S ARKANSAS TEAMS OF THE 1990'S HATH A PROGRAM UNLEASHED 40 MINUTES OF HELL QUITE LIKE THAT OF VCU'S MEN OF STEAL

By Luke Winn

SOCCER

In the Line of Fire

U.S. STRIKER HÉRCULEZ GÓMEZ RESCUED HIS CAREER SOUTH OF THE BORDER, AND NOW HE'S THRIVING IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S DEADLIEST CITIES

By Grant Wahl

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Echoes Awoken

THERE ARE STORIES OTHER THAN THE MANTI TE'O SAGA TO BE TOLD ABOUT NOTRE DAME—REALLY. HERE ARE TWO: FUTURE WIDEOUTS COREY ROBINSON AND TORII HUNTER JR. MAYBE THE NAMES OF THEIR DADS RING A BELL?

By Albert Chen

SPECIAL REPORT

SNAKE OIL FOR SALE AND THE ATHLETES WHO, SCIENCE BE DAMNED, THINK IT MIGHT WORK

FROM THE BACK OF A GYM IN ALABAMA, TWO TRUE BELIEVERS IN THE PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING POWER OF RADIO WAVES AND DEER-ANTLER VELVET AND NEGATIVELY CHARGED WATER PURSUE THEIR DREAM: A FAMOUS ENDORSER

By David Epstein

POINT AFTER

The Most Captive Audience

By Jeff Deskovic

Departments

Dela-where? New Orleans, That's Where

The Blue Hens aren't a football power, but—for the second time—one of their former quarterbacks has led his team to the Super Bowl

By Jeff Pearlman

HOT | NOT

The 8 Debate

Greatest Super Bowl Commercials

By Mark Bechtel

Their Eyes and Ears

A massive radio audience will listen to the Super Bowl, which puts the pressure on Kevin Harlan

By Richard Deitsch

Nationals Pastimes

Will there be a power shift in Washington?

By Mark Bechtel

Short Season Survival

Veterans of the first lockout know how to adapt—and some think they might even have an edge

By Sarah Kwak

The Story of Oz

A formidable champion, a phantom injury and an American wunderkind: the tale of 2013's first Slam

By L. Jon Wertheim

Now What?

Rajon Rondo's season-ending injury means the Celtics will face some tough choices

By Chris Mannix

Wait 'til Next Year!

They were snubbed last week, but come 2014, these five players will be looking to make their All-Star debuts

By Ben Golliver

Faces In The Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

The Case for ... Transferring

By Kelli Anderson