’s 10 most popular stories from the week ending Feb. 5

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.

The Panthers’ first season was a wild ride

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In the the inaugural year for the Carolina Panthers, a band of castoffs and curiosities overcame the odds with a spirit that looks a lot like the Super Bowl 50 Panthers. By Robert Klemko.

Steph Curry is in God Mode right now

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Steph Curry scored 51 points against Washington, and at this point, every game Curry plays is a new exercise in “How ridiculous can this get?” We still don’t have an answer to that question. By Andrew Sharp.

Cam Newton: Son of Blinn

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A lost 20-year-old quarterback arrived at a small, Texas junior college in 2009, and a future NFL superstar left a year later. Take a look back at how washing jerseys, mooing cows, and painting bleachers transformed Cam Newton into the player he is today. By Emily Kaplan.

Behind the scenes as Broncos select Super Bowl styles

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After completing his media obligations, practice and a mandatory team meeting, Denver linebacker Von Miller’s pre-Super Bowl responsibilities aren’t over yet. He still has to meet with his stylist and try on the custom-made clothes he picked out for the Super Bowl. By Ben Baskin.

John Scott’s All-Star journey and return to reality

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As John Scott prepares to return to the St. John’s IceCaps, his minor league team and ninth employer in eight seasons, he brings with him MVP honors from the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, autographed sticks from fellow players and an improbable weekend full of memories that will last a lifetime. By Alex Prewitt.

As Broncos owner’s health fails, impact remains strong

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With the Broncos back in the Super Bowl, those close to Bowlen, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, wonder what he sees when he watches the TV in his bedroom. But Bowlen’s impact on NFL history, the spectacle that is the Super Bowl, the billions of dollars in revenue and the international growth, is undeniable. By Greg Bishop.

Going Granny Style

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The free throw shooting method referred to as “Granny style,” has long been dead and buried, but Louisville big man Chinanu Onuaku has exhumed it this season. By Seth Davis.

Many Bay Area residents want no part of SB50

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Santa Clara landed Super Bowl 50 in May 2013, when the Jim Harbaugh-led 49ers seemed primed for a run of dominance in the NFL. Harbaugh is gone, but the Super Bowl is here and now at center stage for Bay Area residents, many of whom aren’t fans of the corporate celebration of football, beer and entertainment for the masses. By Chris Ballard.

Jarrod Uthoff has Iowa angling for a title

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With player of the year chatter circulating around Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff, the Hawkeyes are pushing for their first Final Four berth since 1980, which may require him to become more comfortable in the limelight. By Brian Hamilton.

Panthers offense built on ideas of past champions

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Look closely when the Panthers’ offense takes the field and the history lessons will keep coming at you. If you’ve watched Carolina closely this season, you’ve seen numerous elements, seemingly copy-pasted, from old Super Bowl playbooks. By Greg Bedard.

SI Vault: The night Hank Aaron passed Babe Ruth

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Henry Aaron’s ordeal ended at 9:07 p.m. on April 8, 1974. It ended in a carnival atmosphere after Aaron hit a home run–the 715th of his career–off of the Dodgers’ Al Downing to surpass Babe Ruth for most career home runs in MLB history. By Ron Fimrite.

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