SI.com’s 10 most popular stories from the week ending Jan. 8
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 Texans gave Sports Illustrated unprecedented access to their strategy for one of the biggest games in team history. Go behind the scenes and see how Houston developed the gameplan that propelled it into the playoffs. By Greg A. Bedard.
He's the best player on one of the top teams, but he's never mentioned in the same breath as LeBron James, Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant. Kawhi Leonard has been the second-best player in the league this season while offering a master class in the power of restraint. By Rob Mahoney.
Desperate to address organizational chaos, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam hired Paul DePodesta of Moneyball fame to reshape the woeful Cleveland franchise. But do baseball's analytics translate to the NFL? By Tom Verducci.
Calvin Ridley didn't turn heads with just his dynamic skill set alone. Instead, he made his mark with a willingness to learn, an uncommon attribute among highly touted freshmen. By Zac Ellis.
With the league trending toward dink and dunk in recent years, three of the NFL’s best offenses are taking a different tack: big throws, big risks, big plays and big wins. By Robert Mays.
The Vikings running back looks back on the fateful day when he was indicted by a grand jury on child-abuse charges that would change his legacy forever. By Greg Bishop.
With Hall of Fame voters changing, 2016 was supposed to be the year that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens finally made progress on getting elected. Instead, they were stuck in Hall of Fame purgatory once again. By Tom Verducci.
Jim Boeheim was exiled for nine games, beginning Dec. 4. That meant no texting, emailing, carrier-pigeoning or mind-melding with his staff or players for 32 days. What'd he do during that time? By Jack McCallum.
With five head coaching interviews coming up, Quinn had to find a way to focus on getting his team, the Seattle Seahawks, to the Super Bowl. His solution: cutting himself off from the Internet. By Don Banks.
In LeBron James's 2014 essay in Sports Illustrated, he said he felt a duty to use his platform to help others. While James hasn’t said much about the death of Tamir Rice, he has spoken out on controversial issues in the past. By Xandria James & Kayla Lombardo.
In 2010, Zabian Dowdell rejected a $750,000 contract in Europe and took $13,000 from the Tulsa 66ers of the Development League because Tulsa offered something Europe did not: the possibility of a midseason NBA call-up. By Lee Jenkins.