SI.com's 10 most popular stories from the week ending March 20
Here is a roundup of SI.com's 10 most popular stories this week. Be sure to read to the bottom for a bonus story from the SI Vault.
Hakan Andersson's life is anything but stable. But the years he has spent traveling the world, in cold ice rinks away from his family, scouting talent that can make it into the NHL, have helped the Detroit Red Wings achieve consistent success for over two decades. By Michael Farber.
There's no offseason in the NFL anymore, and fans seem just as excited about free agency as they are about the actual games. Amidst the circus of crazy signings, there's a new trend in NFL free agency: the risk of signing a high-profile player is greater than ever. By Don Banks.
On the day of last month’s NBA trading deadline, a record 37 players changed teams, and Alonzo Gee was one of them. Right now, Gee is a Blazer, but in the past eight months he has been a Nugget, a King, a Rocket, a Pelican, a Cavalier and sort of a Hornet. By Lee Jenkins.
Kris Bryant is not going to be in the Cubs’ Opening Day lineup. Why? Because if Chicago waits until April 17 to call up Bryant, the rookie slugger will not be able to accumulate a full year of service time and would thus have his free agency delayed a season. By Cliff Corcoran.
When Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter was in high school, he and his father Ron, Georgia State's head coach, would practice taking last-second shots on the family hoop. On Thursday, the younger Hunter would get his chance to take that shot on college basketball’s biggest stage. By Andy Staples.
This year has brought one of the wildest and most prolific free-agency periods in recent memory—according to NFLPA records, teams gave out $589.8 million in new guaranteed contracts in the first 72 hours of the process. With more 40 days until the draft, here's one shot at estimating how the first round could go, based on the post-free-agency splurges. By Doug Farrar.
Evan Longoria stood in an Arizona gym this winter as Olympic shot-putters pressed hundreds of pounds above their heads and sinewy football players worked on speed drills. The Rays third baseman took inspiration from the efforts of those around him, but as he enters his eighth season, Longoria knows that these other athletes’ workouts won’t help him on the diamond. By Jamie Lisanti.
When Kenneth Wainstein was tasked with conducting an independent investigation of the North Carolina academic scandal, it meant posing a welter of questions. But the key question is, why did it start? By Jon Wertheim.
SI's S.L. Price returned to the campus of his alma mater to try his own hand at figuring out how North Carolina lost its way.
Twenty years ago, Michael Jordan's return to the NBA was greeted like The Second Coming, even if his play at times was ragged. By Phil Taylor.