Friday April 22nd, 2016

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.

Patrick and Zo

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Hall of Fame centers Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning, connected by a life-long friendship and fierce rivalry, look back at the moments that defined their relationship and careers.


1971 NFL Draft Oral History

The 1971 draft was the original Year of the Quarterback. For the first time in history, quarterbacks were selected with each of the first three picks. SI's Don Banks spoke to the top six passers from that draft in this oral history.


Is this kicker worth a high draft pick?

Mike Stewart/AP

NFL draft evaluators are buzzing about Roberto Aguayo, who has a chance to become the first kicker selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft since 2005. His path to the NFL's doorstep began with his father's work ethic. By Jenny Vrentas.


The depth of Jack Warner's greed

Wilfredo Lee/AP

This book excerpt from American Huckster: How Chuck Blazer Got Rich From—and Sold Out—the Most Powerful Cabal in World Sports by Mary Papenfuss & Teri Thompson provides a close look at the former FIFA vice president's scams.


The Chase Utley Rule

Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via AP

The MLB's new rule penalizing reckless slides has met backlash and confusion from many players and managers. SI obtained a copy of a league memorandum that says explicitly what constitutes an illegal slide. By Tom Verducci.


A journalist manning the sidelines

Courtesy of Arkansas State University

SI's Thayer Evans was on the sidelines coaching Arkansas State's spring game. It was more difficult than he expected.


Will the Browns trade again?

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With the NFL draft less than a week away, it's possible the top 10 could change once more if the Browns make another big trade. By Robert Klemko.


Six heels dominating the playoffs

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The first round of the NBA playoffs has been boring, and that has opened the door for some antagonists to take center stage. By Jeremy Woo.


In the film room with Clemson's defensive duo

Richard Shiro/AP

Clemson pass-rushers Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd are big-time prospects. The duo sat down in the film room with The MMQB to analyze their national championship game against Alabama. By Andy Benoit.


Pearl Washington Tribute

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New York City and Syracuse legend Dwayne "Pearl" Washington passed away on Wednesday. This obituary delves into how the flashy guard brought joy to all who saw him play. By Charles P. Pierce.


SI Vault: Arrieta and The Revenant

Robert Beck for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Jake Arrieta has thrown two no-hitters in the last nine months, but first he had to come back from the baseball dead. By Tom Verducci.

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