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About This Week's Cover

Where is the best place to find bearded men willfully laying down in front of zooming pieces of frozen rubber at speeds that can exceed over 100 miles per hour? It's a place where men shove another after whistles, glide on ice during the summer time, and after it's all said and done, each player lines up to shake hands. The NHL Playoffs feature traditions, long overtimes and are the most exciting postseason in sports, writes Steve Rushin. Be sure to visit SI.com/NHL for the latest Stanley Cup Playoff coverage as well as commemorations of playing through pain and the great goals that highlight this time of year.

More NHL playoff coverage on SI.com

Stu Hackel: From broken bones to ulcers, little can stop an NHL player during the playoffs

Sarah Kwak: Social media has been a great tool to capture NHL playoff drama

SI Photo: Playing in Pain NHL style

SI Photo: Great playoff goaltending performances

SI Photo: NHL rookie playoff sensations

SI Photo: Los Angeles Kings Ice Crew

Draft Stock

The MLB Draft is rapidly approaching, with potential stars like Clint Frazier, Mark Appel and Kris Bryant ready to be selected among the top picks. Check in Thursday night at SI.com/mlb for SI's Live Draft Tracker, which will break down each pick of a highly anticipated 2013 draft. Read SI contributor Dave Perkin's Mock Draft, while the rest of the Strike Zone blog keeps you up to date on other stories like Yasiel Puig's surge in his big league call-up and the possibility of Al Leiter running for a senate seat.

More MLB content on SI.com

Tom Verducci: MLB takes bold stance that could forever alter its reputation

Michael McCann: Answering legal questions about the Biogenesis case

Michael Rosenberg: Ryan Braun's reputation is not the only one whose reputation is ruined

Something to Prove

SI's College Football team is breaking down which programs and players need to put in the offseason work so they can excel in 2013 after underwhelming 2012 seasons. Keep up with Zac Ellis in Campus Union's new series Something to Prove, which most profiles everybody from Lane Kiffin to Logan Thomas to Sammy Watkins. With the season rapidly approaching, SI has you covered to keep up a football addiction throughout the summertime.

More College Football content on SI.com

Andy Staples: It was a bad joke by Gordon Gee, but he was far from a bad president

Stewart Mandel: After a season of turmoil, TCU is ready to battle for a Big 12 title

Andy Staples: Eddie Vanderdoes is the latest victim of the horrible National Letter of Intent

Andy Staples: With its future secure, the Big 12 is working to improve its brand

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