SI.com's 10 most popular stories from the week ending June 5
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.
Football forced former San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick into a lifestyle of competitive eating. When he stopped playing, the pounds melted away—and so did part of his identity. By Emily Kaplan.
Three years ago, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in New York Mets history—but needed 134 pitches to do so. Did manager Terry Collins' decision to keep Santana in the game cost the pitcher his career? By Phil Taylor.
Now that FIFA president Sepp Blatter has resigned in the wake of indictments for 14 of the organization's officials and associates, SI's Grant Wahl shares his takeaways from a whirlwind week in world soccer.
Steve Yzerman, long removed from the NHL trenches, won’t skate a single shift in the Stanley Cup finals. But the Hall of Famer’s imprint will be all over the two most important players in the series. By Allan Muir.
The soon-to-be-abandoned Oracle Arena remains one of the best game experiences in the NBA, thanks to fans who are loyal, passionate and —especially— loud. By Lee Jenkins.
Alex Morgan, the rising star of the U.S. Women's National Team has rapidly developed into one of the best forwards in the world. By Gwendolyn Oxeham.
When a recruit verbally commits to play at a school, the general understanding is he is declaring his intention to enroll. In many instances, though, this conclusion is far from accurate. By Chris Johnson.
The league’s MVP plays for one team, and the best player in the world plays for the other, but the NBA Finals might hinge on a guy who doesn’t play at all: Kevin Love. By Michael Rosenberg.
As USWNT all-time leading scorer Abby Wambach learns to manage both the player and the person inside her, she remains focused on one elusive goal: winning the World Cup. By Grant Wahl.
Use of the phrase "NCAA Collegiate Model" hints at how the organization will deal with North Carolina in the wake of a cheating scandal and also raises questions about the NCAA's fundamental principles. By Andy Staples.
In the divided soul of the world's greatest female soccer player, the shy, self-critical athlete is locked in mortal combat with the relentlessly driven superstar. By Gary Smith.