Thursday October 8th, 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 Hard News

James D. Smith/Associated Press

Ed Werder has become a fixture in the NFL while covering stories for ESPN. The news away from his job–concerning his daughter and her husband–has been much tougher to handleBy Jenny Vrentas.


Beauty Between The Hedges

Todd Kirkland/Associated Press

The SEC's football culture is something that those who don't regularly participate in it seldom understand. One writer, a graduate of admitted "basketball school" UCLA, made the trip to last week's Alabama-Georgia game and documented his experienceBy Alan Shipnuck.


Why Jim Brown Matters

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To his football heirs, he's the one player by which their own greatness is measured. To those who played with and against the Cleveland Browns legend, his prowess, intensity and intellect remain awe-inspiring. Fifty years after walking away from the game at his peak, he still towers over the NFL. By Tim Layden.


Reinventing the New Orleans Pelicans

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Hiring Alvin Gentry as the Pelicans' new head coach meant that the young players would need to learn a new way of thinking. But while the learning curve is higher than it has been in the past, so is the team's ceilingBy Rob Mahoney.


Week 5 Blanket Coverage

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Who's going to have to step up after another Cowboys injury? Is Kirk Cousins for real this time? Is the Seahawks' defense really that much better with Kam Chancellor? Andy Dalton for MVP? SI's Greg A. Bedard addresses those topics and more


The Complex Rivalry of USMNT vs. Mexico

Kohjiro Kinno/Sports Illustrated

The upcoming match between the United States and Mexico men's national soccer teams will be their most important meeting in years. But with the rising stateside popularity of the sport and the increasing political tension between the two countries, other storylines loom largeBy Grant Wahl.


SI.com's 2015-16 NHL Season Predictions

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With a new season upon us, it is once again time for the high hockey foreheads here at SI.com to gaze into the future and antagonize the public with their crystal visions. Here’s what they foretell for the NHL's teams, players and coaches. By SI Staff.


How Daily Fantasy is Changing the Game

Stephan Savoia/Associated Press

Seven-figure paydays, congressional inquiries, suspicions of insider info, and yes, all those advertisements. FanDuel and DraftKings are now entwined with the NFL experience, but with multiple controversies converging at once, will they stay that way? By Robert Klemko.


The Rising Star of Carlos Correa

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In 2012, the Houston Astros shocked the baseball world by taking Carlos Correa with the No. 1 pick. Three years later, he has turned into the league's youngest superstar and has his team in the playoffs for the first time since 2005. By Ben Reiter.


SI Vault: They All Boo When Red Sits Down

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Red Auerbach might have been one of the most successful basketball coaches of all time, but away from home, he incited a murderous rage when he took his place on the bench. We take a look back at this story, originally published in 1965. By Gilbert Rogin.

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