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TUESDAY MARCH 5
25 MOST POWERFUL BACKS OF ALL TIME
Jim Brown, who often seemed like a man among boys on the field, was the top rusher in eight of his nine seasons.
10 RUSHING PLAYS THAT CHANGED THE GAME
WEDNESDAY MARCH 6
Despite criticism for his heavy-handed approach, all eyes remain on the NFL's absolute ruler, Roger Goodell, as he manages a business that is complex, sprawling and unbelievably profitable.
TOP 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN SPORTS
THURSDAY MARCH 7
25 DUNKERS THAT ROCKED THE WORLD
Vince Carter's "cookie jar" jam at the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest introduced the world to Vinsanity.
10 PAINT MONSTERS WHO RULED THE REBOUND
FRIDAY MARCH 8
THE TOP 10
MOON SHOTS AND FLAMETHROWERS OF ALL TIME
In 1974, Nolan Ryan threw a then record 100.9-mph fastball against the Tigers; Mickey Mantle's 1963 blast against the K.C. Athletics traveled an estimated 734 feet in Yankee Stadium.
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SI DIGITAL BONUS
Pat Summitt, college basketball's winningest coach, reflects on her remarkable career—and on her current health challenges.
BY PAT SUMMITT
NEIL LEIFER (BROWN)
DAVID BERGMAN (GOODELL)
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (CARTER)
PETER READ MILLER (RYAN)
JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN (MANTLE)
COURTESY OF CROWN ARCHETYPE (SUMMITT)