Thursday November 5th, 2015

Here is a roundup of's 10 most popular stories this week. Be sure to read to the bottom for a bonus story from the SI Vault.

You Don't Know Dabo

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The colorful, charismatic Dabo Swinney took over as the head coach for Clemson football in 2008. Now, he is becoming the new king of football in South Carolina. By Brian Hamilton.

Bud Bowl


During the 1988 Super Bowl, a lopsided 42-10 victory for the Washington Redskins, the CEO of Anheuser-Busch had an idea that would forever change Super Bowl commercials. By Chris Nashawaty.

What Benton Harber Needed Was Elliot Uzelac

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A grizzled coach with more than four decades of big-time college and pro experience came out of retirement to take over a troubled high school program in a distressed Michigan town. Instilling discipline and providing direction, he’s changed the Tigers’ fortunes—and changed some livesBy Robert Klemko.

The Most Interesting Man in College Hoops

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You either know him from his electric on-court play, or from his amusing post-game antics with stenographers. But there's still a lot you don't know about Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes, who is set to lead the Badgers in their quest for a return to the NCAA championship game. By Brian Hamilton.

Should We Believe in Cam Newton?

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The Panthers are 7-0 for the first time in franchise history, and their quarterback has put himself in the company of Manning, Brady and Rodgers. As his game evolves, can Superman validate himself as a talent like no otherBy Jenny Vrentas.

Man of the Moment

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When Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire went down with an ankle injury, DeShone Kizer was thrust into the position of starting quarterback. Despite Zaire's injury, Notre Dame remains in the hunt for the College Football Playoff, and the team's hopes rest upon Kizer's shoulders. By Joan Niesen.

An Unlikely Hero

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The Los Angeles Raiders had a unique trick up their sleeve during Super Bowl XVIII, and it wasn't any of the players on the field. No, it was a 26-year-old John Otten, a computer wiz who helped the team win a championship. By Grant Cohn.

A Rare NHL Bird

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Frank Provenzano doesn’t resemble the traditional hockey executive, nor does he ascribe to the usual rhythms of the NHL. He's a climbing enthusiast, a comedy enthusiast who's performed at the Improv and the CEO of a fantasy sports scouting app called FANSeye. By Alex Prewitt.

Every College Basketball Team Ranked

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Want to know how your favorite college basketball team stacks up to the rest of the competition? Sports Illustrated's College Basketball Projection System ranked every team in Division I, from Grambling State (351) to North Carolina (1). By Dan Hanner & Luke Winn.

Chris Connelly Q&A

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Last week, ESPN announced it was shuttering Grantland. Interim Grantland editor-in-chief Chris Connelly, who took over after Bill Simmons and ESPN parted ways, sat down with SI to explain the demise of the websiteBy Richard Deitsch.

SI Vault: Royals, Flush

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The Royals have won two straight AL pennants and a World Series, but there was a time not too long ago when they really stunk. During that trying time, one Sports Illustrated writer managed to predict (almost) everything that happened over the next few years. This story originally appeared in the March 21, 2011 issue of Sports IllustratedBy Joe Posnanski.

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