LESS THAN THREE weeks after debuting to glowing reviews, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is poised to become the top-grossing movie ever in the U.S., and teams and athletes have been swept up in the craze. From the stormtrooper costume Ronda Rousey wore on opening night to the Chewbacca backpack Steph Curry showed off last week, the Force is strong in the sports world, so we wondered which headliners are best suited to Awaken the Force (no spoilers).
KYLO REN • NDAMUKONG SUH
Petulant and immature yet skilled and powerful, he harbors dreams of greater domination
REY • HOLLY HOLM
Strong, tough and fearless, and capable of much more than people initially suspected
FINN • JASON HEYWARD
He went from being a cog in the relentless machine of one organization to joining its biggest rival in an effort to have a greater historic impact
POE DAMERON • BRAD STEVENS
A young, talented and confident pilot, he's unafraid of taking on new and risky challenges
HAN SOLO • JAROMIR JAGR
The feats of the aging, battle-scarred veteran are legendary among the younger generation, but he still has plenty of game left
THEY SAID IT
"WE COULDN'T HIT A BULL IN THE ASS WITH A BASS FIDDLE."
The Mavs' coach, after Dallas shot 36.4% for the game and scored only 10 points in the first quarter of its 106--82 loss to the Heat last Friday.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Chip Kelly was fired in part because he forced the Eagles to change the traditional date of their Christmas party, according to CBS.
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JOE ROBBINS/GETTY IMAGES (SUH)
©WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES/LUCASFILM LTD./EVERETT COLLECTION (REY, FINN)
VICTORIA WILL FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (HOLM)
GENE J. PUSKAR/AP (HEYWARD)
BRIAN BABINEAU/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (STEVENS)
JOEL AUERBACH/AP (JAGR)
GARRETT ELLWOOD/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (CARLISLE)
JEFF ZELEVANSKY/GETTY IMAGES (KELLY)