OCT. 13, 2014
Breaking the ICE
As the NHL season prepares to face off, SI.com unveils its 2014--15 Crystal Ball Predictions. Will Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane have another outstanding season and help Chicago get back on track for a run to the Stanley Cup finals? Will Kings defenseman Drew Doughty finally claim the Norris Trophy and lift the Cup for the second year in a row? Go to SI.com/nhl for complete hockey coverage, including our pressing questions for all 30 NHL teams and our list of the season's breakout and bounce-back players.
Delay of Game?
120 Sports hosts Eric Edholm and Dylan McGorty discuss whether NFL rules changes, like expanding the guidelines on clipping and banning all jersey grabbing, have made pro football better or worse. "In a game where we've seen so much asked in terms of player safety, I think some of these rule changes are a necessity," says McGorty. Counters Edholm, "[The rules] affect the quality. We're spending as much time debating the calls as we are watching the game. That's not right." For more of Edholm and McGorty's Point/Counterpoint, plus 24-hour access to video highlights and analysis, go to 120sports.com
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Manning Of Steel
Keep your football fantasy alive. Football Throwdown on the FanNation fantasy sports app allows you to select a set of players each week and challenge your friends for cash prizes or just for bragging rights. Go to fannation.com to pick a quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end, and see who beats their projection. Week 5's top QB was the Broncos' Peyton Manning, who threw for 479 yards and four touchdowns, including his 500th career TD, in a 41--20 win over the Cardinals.
For a roundup of last week's 10 most popular stories on SI.com, including Jeremy Woo's look at how the addition of former Lakers center Pau Gasol, coupled with a healthy Derrick Rose, has given Joakim Noah and the Bulls a real shot at their first NBA title since number 23 suited up in the Windy City, go to SI.com/topstories
DAVID E. KLUTHO/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (KANE, DOUGHTY, MANNING)
CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/AP (BULLS)
DOUG BENC/GETTY IMAGES (REFEREE)