SI.com's 10 most popular stories from the week ending Oct. 10

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.
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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.

A scandal in Sayreville

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The Sayreville community has always taken pride in their high school football team. But now the rest of the season has been canceled amid hazing allegations. By Emily Kaplan & Greg Hanlon.

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The truth about Donnie Moore’s death

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Many people believed that Donnie Moore’s suicide was the result of him giving up a playoff home run. But a deeper look into his personal struggles shows a different truth. By Michael McKnight.

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More cowbell

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Mississippi State football is off to one of its best starts in school history. Sports Illustrated went behind the scenes to see how coach Dan Mullen and his team are bringing about a new era in Bulldogs football. By Pete Thamel.

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NHL 2014-15 predictions

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The start of the NHL season means it's time for our experts to make their predictions on the playoffs, coaches and, of course, which team will win the Stanley Cup

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The comeback kid

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For a while, it looked like Philip Rivers might be on his way out of San Diego. Instead, he’s playing like a revitalized quarterback on his way to an MVP award. By Robert Klemko.

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Change and continuity

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Although the Spurs will start the season with largely the same roster that led them to an NBA title last year, they may have to change things up in order to repeat. By Rob Mahoney.

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Life after football

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Eight years playing and 37 years coaching. That’s how long football has been a part of Ken Flajole’s life. But what do his days look like now in his first season without football? By Greg A. Bedard.

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​Rapid fire with Landon Donovan

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The all-time leader in goals and assists for the U.S. men’s national team sits down before his last USA match to dish out some superlatives. By Grant Wahl.

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Revisiting Romo’s fiasco

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The Cowboys are headed to Seattle this weekend, almost eight years after Tony Romo’s botched hold on a field goal in the NFC Wild Card matchup. A look back on the game and the gaffe that may forever be associated with the Cowboys quarterback. By Don Banks.

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Calling the shots

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For much of his life, Gunnar Esiason has been associated with the battle against cystic fibrosis. Now the 23-year-old high school coach shows there’s much more to him than the disease. By Emily Kaplan.

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SI Vault: 12 Days Before the Mast   

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This story -- one of 60 iconic stories being republished, in full, in honor of Sports Illustrated's 60th anniversary -- is a personal essay from Gil Rogin published in 1961 about what he learned from his 12 days out at sea