FOR SEPT. 8, 2014
As we head into Week 1 of the NFL season, SI.com's Don Banks takes a look into the future to make his 20 Bold Predictions for 2014. The boldest of the bold? With Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart (21) and Bucs running back Doug Martin (22), the state of Florida will end its five-year postseason drought as both teams earn wild-card playoff berths. In Foxborough, Banks predicts that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87), who has missed 14 games over the past two seasons because of injuries, will put up big numbers and have a dominating year for the Pats. To see Banks's full forecast and for complete NFL coverage, go to SI.com/nfl
Ever wonder about Serena Williams's service and return stats? How did Novak Djokovic do in games he trailed during last year's tournament? For the 2014 U.S. Open, SI.com partnered with IBM to break down the numbers and bring tennis fans data-driven visualizations from the season's final Grand Slam event. To learn more, go to SI.com/us-open-daily-data-visualization-ibm
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The new FanNation fantasy sports app allows you to select a set of NFL players each week for the Football Throwdown. Challenge your friends for cash prizes or just for bragging rights. To learn more, go to fannation.SI.com
Sports Illustrated HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Presented byTHE U.S. MARINE CORPS
Do you know of an accomplished high school athlete whose good works go beyond the scoreboard? Go to SI.com/HSathlete and let us know why he or she should be recognized in SI and on SI.com during the school year.
As successful as some athletes are on the field, some are just as successful after they hang up their uniforms. Take former Bears All-Pro safety Gary Fencik, who after retiring in 1987 became a star in the finance world. To learn more about athletes turned businessmen, go to SI.com/Pro-Files, a new series by the editors of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and FORTUNE.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY NICOLE ZIGMONT; PAUL JASIENSKI/AP (GERHART); JARED WICKERHAM/GETTY IMAGES (GRONKOWSKI); MARK LOMOGLIO/ICON SPORTSWIRE (MARTIN)
MEGAN BEARDER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (FENCIK)