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The Love, Loss and Survival OF AN NBA PLAYER

BY CHRIS BALLARD

P. 62

TEXAS THREE-STEP

99 PROBLEMS

FOR 31 TEAMS

CAN MULTITALENTED J.J. WATT BECOME THE FIRST DEFENSIVE PLAYER IN 28 YEARS TO WIN MVP?

BY TIM LAYDEN

P. 34

PLUS

'BOYHOOD

DALLAS'S O-LINE HAS ROMO'S BACK

BY GREG A. BEDARD

P. 44

LEAPING FROGS

TCU CATAPULTS THE RANKINGS—AND THE END ZONE

BY LINDSAY SCHNELL

P. 46

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SI HAS REGIONAL COVER THIS WEEK: BRIAN BAHR/GETTY IMAGES (J.J. WATT)