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Feb. 04, 2013
Feb. 04, 2013

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Feb. 4, 2013

THE MAIL
LEADING OFF
SUPER BOWL XLVII
  • FOUR OF THE LAST FIVE SUPER BOWLS HAVE BEEN DECIDED ON THE FINAL DRIVE. IF THE PAST IS PROLOGUE, THIS YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIP COULD WELL COME DOWN TO A TWO-MINUTE DRILL—AND TO HOW WELL JOE FLACCO OR COLIN KAEPERNICK HANDLES THE PRESSURE WHEN THE CLOCK IS TICK ... TICK ... TICKING

  • Keeping in mind score, yardage, clock management and big plays, SI stacked up the five best and the three worst (criteria: cringe-worthiness) two-minute drills in XLVI years of Super Bowls

  • HarBowl, Colin Kaepernick and Ray Lewis's last game—you already know the popular plotlines. But these games often come down to the small stuff. For regurgitation during Super Bowl XLVII, consider these subplots and supporting characters

  • THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH—BUT THEY'RE UNLIKELY TO TAKE HOME THE LOMBARDI TROPHY THIS WEEK. HOW CHRISTIAN ATHLETES RECONCILE THE CULTURE OF FOOTBALL WITH THE TEACHINGS OF THEIR FAITH

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
SOCCER
  • U.S. STRIKER HÉRCULEZ GÓMEZ RESCUED HIS CAREER SOUTH OF THE BORDER, AND NOW HE'S THRIVING IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S DEADLIEST CITIES

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • THERE ARE STORIES OTHER THAN THE MANTI TE'O SAGA TO BE TOLD ABOUT NOTRE DAME—REALLY. HERE ARE TWO: FUTURE WIDEOUTS COREY ROBINSON AND TORII HUNTER JR. MAYBE THE NAMES OF THEIR DADS RING A BELL?

SPECIAL REPORT
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HOT: JOHNSON CONTROLS

This is an article from the Feb. 4, 2013 issue

Demetrious Johnson defended his UFC flyweight crown for the first time last Saturday night in Chicago, defeating John Dodson in a unanimous five-round decision. Johnson, 26, said afterward, "I was stunned, but I am in great shape and my head cleared very quick."

NOT: GOPHER FOUR

No. 23 Minnesota (15--5) dropped four straight, including an agonizing 45--44 loss at the buzzer to Wisconsin last Saturday. Andre Hollins had a game-high 20 points for the Golden Gophers but turned the ball over with 39.1 seconds left when he was called for charging.

HOT: WIN-D CITY

The 6--0 Blackhawks got off to the best start in team history, outscoring opponents 22--13 and killing penalties at a 95.6% rate (second best in the NHL). Goalie Corey Crawford (1.78 GAA), meanwhile, stopped 29 of 30 Red Wings shots on Sunday night in a 2--1 Chicago win.

NOT: PANTHER PROBLEMS

Florida (1--4), which was outscored 18--3 in four consecutive losses last week, was off to its worst start in four years. Said coach Kevin Dineen last Saturday, after an ugly 7--1 loss to the Flyers at home, "We don't have the chemistry to play as a team.... It's stupid."

HOT: FIVE GUYS

A pair of Big Five teams—Villanova and La Salle—scored a quartet of major upsets last week. 'Nova (13--7) knocked off No. 3 Louisville and No. 5 Syracuse, while the Explorers (14--5) blitzed No. 9 Butler and—behind Ramon Galloway's 31 points—No. 19 VCU.

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