January 22, 2013

About This Week's Cover

Get ready for the HarBowl. With both the Niners and Ravens winning on the road in their conference championship games, the Super Bowl will be a battle of two brothers. This week, SI presents four different covers to stoke the anticipation for Super Bowl XLVII. The unlikely matchup could stir up the usual Super Bowl drama that fans have become accustomed to over the years. After all, the head coaches are brothers.

SI Digital

NBA Midseason Report

What's next, traffic-free freeways and smogless sunsets? Things don't feel quite right in the NBA this season; The Clippers, not the Lakers, are gunning for the top seed in the Western Conference while the Kings appear headed to Seattle. The NBA is at its halfway point, and SI.com's experts are taking stock and making their picks for the year's top performers. Can Chris Paul hold off Kevin Durant and Lebron James for MVP? Will Joakim Noah's breakout season in Chicago earn him defensive player of the year honors? Can anybody upset Damian Lillard as the league's best rookie? Go to SI.com/nba for our full midseason report, including grades for every team and playoff predictions. The countdown to the NBA Finals begins now.

SI Commentary

Brian Cazeneuve on the New York Rangers: "Seen as the beasts of the East before the season began, the Blueshirts got off to an uninspired 0-2 start. They were simply outworked, outchecked and outplayed. Asked after his team's second dismal effort which areas it needed to improve, coach John Tortorella snapped, 'All of them. That is certainly not being sarcastic.'" Read more of Cazenuve's Inside Hockey at SI.com/nhl.

SI Photos

Forget fighting over the remote or for parental attention: John and Jim Harbaugh, who will coach against each other in the Super Bowl, are taking sibling rivalry to a new level. Go to SI.com/photo to see childhood photos of the Harbaugh brothers and other notable sports siblings, from the DiMaggio brothers to the Williams sisters.

SI Digital Bonus

He was fiery and pint-sized, but Earl Weaver was one of baseball's most memorable figures. Stan Musial is widely regarded as one of the greatest players and humans to ever grace the game of baseball. Celebrate the legacies of the two Hall of Famers with classic SI stories and photo galleries by visiting the SI Vault.

Remembering "The Man"

After his playing days ended, Stan Musial remained a prominent figure in the Cardinals' organization. This was a man who was unflaingly loyal to his organization, to his wife and most especially to his craft of hitting a baseball. For more on Musial's career, including the Man by the numbers and an appreciation, read Ben Reiter's tribute to the most iconic player to ever play in St. Louis.

Super Bowl XLVII... and more

For all Super Bowl related content, consult SI.com/nfl, but for reeling fans of the other 30 teams, be sure to consult Chris Burke's Big Board and Don Banks' first NFL mock draft.

Observing the Catfish

The sports world was rocked by scandal -- both real and imaginary -- between Lance Armstrong's confession and Manti Teo's girlfriend who never was. In one instance, a former American hero found his reputation reduced to nothing. In another, shock and humiliation not only found Manti Te'o, but all the fans who followed and believed his story about the death of his imaginary online girlfriend. SI writers Richard Deitsch and David Epstein discuss Lance, while Pete Thamel offers further insights and insider perspective on the Te'o.

More Media coverage from SI.com

Richard Deitsch: Pulitzer Prize winners discuss Manti Te'o

Richard Deitsch: Media Circus: Manti Te'o story creates chaos

Aussie Rules

The Australian Open is narrowing down, and SI.com has the coverage you need to escape to the Aussie summer sun. For full coverage of the Australian open, including the Daily Bagel and columns and reports by L. Jon Wertheim, Courtney Nguyen and Bruce Jenkins, go to SI.com/tennis.

More Tennis coverage from SI.com

Jon Wertheim: Sloane Stephens is on the map after upsetting Serena Williams

Courtney Nguyen: Sloane Stephens' upset victory over Serena Williams creates instant buzz

Bruce Jenkins: Pay close attention, the women's field is on the rise


Dana White is a bellman turned businessman who took over the UFC 10 years ago. Now, he is best known for pulling no punches on everything from fighters' determination to the women in the cage. Dana White knows where he wants his business to head. Read more of his conversation with Jon Wertheim and watch the unplugged one-on-one interview.

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