About This Week's Cover

With hockey only weeks away, Patrick Kane graces the cover of SI's NHL preview issue. Can the Blackhawks repeat their brilliant playoff run from last season? Can the Penguins solve the goaltending crisis that afflicted them last season? What can the league do to increase scoring? SI's NHL provides previews on each team and offers a prediction that may surprise you.

In This Week's SI

Lone Star Quarterbacks: Several NFL starting quarterbacks hail from Texas. Is it the training they get? The southern roots? Whatever it is, Texas is the state to find a signal-caller. By Andrew Perloff

Inside Buckeye Football: SI had the opportunity to put on the headsets and listen into Urban Meyer's patter with his coaches. By Pete Thamel

The Beards of Boston: A story about how facial hair brought joy to the Hub. By Steve Rushin

Goals Are The Goal: The NHL is trying to halt a scoring drought, but there is more it can do to bring more fans in. By Michael Farber

Pay For Play

Arian Foster emerged as one of the most dominant running backs in the NFL and left Tennessee as the school's second all-time leading rusher. When asked whether he ever accepted money, Arian Foster accepted cash payouts while in college. Watch Foster discuss his time at Tennessee in the documentary "Schooled."

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