Friday May 15th, 2015

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.


The Ewing Theory

New York Daily News Archive

Thirty years after the Knicks landed Georgetown big man Patrick Ewing amid rumors of conspiracy, the first draft lottery remains a seminal—and much dissected—moment in NBA historyBy Chris Ballard.


Through Agents' Eyes

The waiting, the worrying, the counseling, the celebrating. A startup agency group gives The MMQB a behind-the-scenes look at an NFL agent's wildest ride: NFL draft weekBy Robert Klemko.


Post-spring power rankings

Michael Conroy/AP​

Though projecting college football rankings in May is much like deciding what’s for dinner five months before it’s served, we’re going to do it anyway. It’s time to start asking questions: Can Ohio State repeat? Which team will rule the SEC? Can a surprise contender crack the College Football Playoff fieldBy Ben Glicksman.


Fresh start for Matt Kemp

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During a recent hour-long lunch at a San Diego restaurant in the shadows of Petco Park, Padres outfielder Matt Kemp provided perspective on the unexpected, and often painful, journey he has taken over the past few yearsBy Ben Reiter.


Can Garoppolo handle the heat?

John W. McDonough for Sports Illustrated

With Tom Brady suspended (for now) for the first four games, Jimmy Garoppolo, a 2014 second-round pick out of Eastern Illinois, will lead the Super Bowl champions into the 2015 season. Who the heck is this guyBy Robert Klemko.


Counting Kluber's Ks

Tony Dejak/AP

Indians ace Corey Kluber hurled the game of his life Wednesday, striking out 18 battings in eight one-hit innings. Where's does Kluber's game rank among the best performances of all-timeBy Jay Jaffe.


Conley, after the fall

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Weeks after suffering a face fracture in a collision with Blazers forward C.J. McCollum, Mike Conley is back on the floor in hopes of lifting the Grizzlies over the Clippers in their second-round series. By Rob Mahoney.


'Botchamia' blooper reels

Jed Jacobsohn for Sports Illustrated

Where traditional sports and entertainment have bloopers, professional wrestling has botches. Miscues can offer a valuable window into wrestling as a performance art: a live-action theater of athletic performance where the relationship between show and reality can become unusually tangled. By Dan Greene.


CBB offseason power rankings

Grant Halverson/Getty

The first Power Rankings of 2015-16 serve up arguments for why 10 different teams  — including powerhouses North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas — could win it all. The discussion of their flaws can wait 'til the fall. By Luke Winn.


The long-snapper making history

Parker Waters

Legally blind because a condition called Peter's Anomaly, Tulane long-snapper Aaron Golub could soon become the know first legally blind athlete to start on a Division I football team. By Chris Scarnati.


SI Vault: How Allen Iverson and Larry Brown got along

Gerard Rancinan/Sports Illustrated

In honor of the 15th anniversary of Allen Iverson's MVP award, a 2001 feature on the strained relationship between the all-star point guard and Sixers coach Larry BrownBy Gary Smith. 

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