SI.com's 10 most popular stories from the week ending Aug. 14
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.
Gifford was the prototype for the modern, do-it-all running back; if he'd played in the modern era, he'd have achieved amazing statistical milestones. By Doug Farrar.
Despite a mediocre offense and more than their share of key injuries, this year's Cardinals could be something that has become increasingly rare in MLB: a Superteam. By Tom Verducci.
Litigation between Tom Brady and the NFL could drag on, but Judge Richard Berman on Wednesday appeared to side with Brady and the NFLPA. By Michael McCann.
It seems like just yesterday that Golden State was hoisting its championship trophy, but it's already time to plot out the best rivalries and rematches for this year. By Ben Golliver.
It's not just about rivalry: Jets nemesis and Bills coach Rex Ryan claimed Enemkpali off waivers because he never caused a problem for them last season. By Jenny Vrentas.
An inside look at practices as Marquette prepares for a foreign trip to Italy and a pivotal second year for the program under Coach K disciple Steve Wojciechowski. By Brian Hamilton.
After hiring Sean Payton and signing Drew Brees, the Saints turned to the 2006 NFL draft. A decade later, three late-round picks are still franchise cornerstones. By Robert Klemko.
After a successful season at Notre Dame, Everett Golson arrived in Tallahasee without even the promise of a starting position. By Andy Staples.
Just 23 years old and in only his fourth MLB season, Machado has already become one of the best defensive third baseman in baseball. By Emma Span.
Jose Mourinho's outburst at his medical staff is the latest incident that suggests all is not well at Chelsea at the start of his third season since returning to the club. By Jonathan Wilson.
When Mickey Mantle died in 1995, a nation of fans grieved and were forced to confront just what it was that made the New York Yankees' star mean so much to so many people. By Richard Hoffer.