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SI NOW

SI NOW

By WITH HOST Maggie Gray

INBOX

INBOX

SUPER BOWL XLIX PREVIEW

BOOMSDAY

Player discipline, comparisons with the '85 Bears, the trouble with Roger Goodell.... As the Seahawks line up for another run at the Lombardi Trophy, and on the same week that the commissioner gives his annual pre--Super Bowl address, the leader of the NFL's most fearsome secondary offers his own take on the state of the game

By Richard Sherman

EXTRA POINTS

A MATCHUP OF TWO NO. 1 SEEDS HAS ODDSMAKERS STUMPED AND PUNDITS ON THE FENCE. HAWKS OR PATS? CONSIDER THREE ARGUMENTS FOR EACH TEAM.... AND FOR SI'S PICK, TURN THE PAGE

By Andy Benoit

Standing Pat

Our expert knows Russell Wilson can win a game by himself—it just won't be Super Bowl XLIX. Not against this New England D

By Andy Benoit

Under Pressure

All this debate about ball tinkering? It's over-inflated, says SI's under-the-center expert

By Boomer Esiason

DIVERSION PROGRAM

DEFLATEGATE SOUNDS BIZARRE, BUT IT'S PART OF A HALLOWED SUPER BOWL WEEK TRADITION: THE FOOTBALL-FOCUS-SAPPING DISTRACTION

By Ben Baskin

SPORTS BUSINESS

EVERY SUNDAY IS SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

By Albert Chen

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

KEEP CHOPPING WOOD

The mantra from his Montana boyhood has enabled coach Larry Krystkowiak to persevere over the past four seasons, as he's worked to take Utah basketball from historically bad to Final Four good

By Luke Winn

PRO BASKETBALL

Work in PROGRESS

MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST HAS BEEN SCOUTED SINCE HE WAS SEVEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THINGS HAVE COME EASY FOR THE HORNETS' FORWARD. STEP BY STEP, HE HAS REBUILT BOTH HIS SHOT—AND HIS VOICE

By Lee Jenkins

Ernie Banks

ERNIE BANKS 1931--2015 Ode to Joy

By Rich Cohen

POINT AFTER

Before He Was Coach 1K

By Seth Davis

Departments

Leading Off

Patriot Shames

Deflategate is more than just a Super nuisance. It's another black mark against a coach and a franchise whose legacy has been tarnished by scandal

By Tim Layden

BALL GAMES

As the Deflatenado spins on, laying waste to Super Bowl week, it's instructive to remember that football isn't the only sport in which shenanigans with the ball—pulled off by players, coaches or governing bodies—have caused problems.

Food Bowl

HOT | NOT

Faces in the Crowd

Edited By Alexandra Fenwick

Final Lap

By Andrew Lawrence

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

The Case for ... Being Awesome

By Joe Sheehan