FOR FEB. 3, 2014
As the countdown begins to Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, the world will be talking about much more than the temperature at kickoff. Will the NFL's best defense (Seattle's) stifle the league's best offense (Denver's)? Can Peyton Manning & Co. silence Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom? Check out SINow—SI.com's daily live talk show hosted by Maggie Gray—at 1 p.m. EST for complete coverage, including roundtable conversations with SI writers and guests such as Joe Montana (16), Dan Marino (13), Marshall Faulk (28) and Alfred Morris (46). Go to SI.com/sinow
Cody Zeller's Rookie Diary
I got a lot of texts and tweets from friends about my missed dunk on Blake Griffin. Honestly, it wasn't as bad as it looked. I had a running start and he bumped me just enough that I didn't get to the rim, so I ended up just trying to get it there. Unfortunately, as you can see, I didn't. All my teammates are still talking about it, joking about how high I was. He's Blake Griffin and I'm a rookie, so I'm not going to get the benefit of the doubt on that call. You win some, you lose some. You're going to get dunked on, you're going to dunk on someone. Maybe 10 years from now people will look at that picture and think I did throw it down. Read more of Zeller's Rookie Diary at SI.com/nba
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What's the best way to get ready for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's 50th anniversary Swimsuit Issue, which comes out on Feb. 18? With a two-hour special looking back at the first half-century of Swim. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful, hosted by 1998 cover model Heidi Klum, airs on NBC on Feb. 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.
SI DIGITAL BONUS
U.S. speedskater Heather Richardson(page 94), who won the 2013 World Sprint Championships and the 500-, 1,000- and 1,500-meter events at the 2014 Olympic trials, is one of this week's six Rising Stars, all bound for Sochi. To see their videos, go to SI.com/risingstars
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