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Short Season Survival

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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Short Season Survival

Veterans of the first lockout know how to adapt—and some think they might even have an edge

With just 48 games on the docket, the 2013 NHL season will be a sprint to the playoffs. But few truly know what to expect from a condensed schedule better than the seven active and noninjured players—goalie Martin Brodeur, defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Roman Hamrlik, and forwards Jaromir Jagr, Alex Kovalev, Teemu Selanne and Ray Whitney—who went through the truncated 1994--95 season, which was likewise shortened to 48 games after a lockout. Four share their memories and the wisdom of their years.

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

MARTIN BRODEUR

Devils, 40

"Physically I don't remember it being much of a drag, but then again, I was 22. The short season makes it fun. Every game has importance, and for players it's fun when games count. Under Jacques [Lemaire] in '95, we were a team that was really well-structured. When you stay in every single game and play for that short a period of time, it's important not getting blown out. You just keep going and get your points."

ROMAN HAMRLIK

Capitals, 38

"The start is really crucial for any team right now. If you start winning, you have a good chance. The first 10 or 15 games are really important in a short season because when you play well and get points, you have a chance to make the playoffs. But when you're struggling early in a short season [the Capitals are 1-3-1], it's going to be tougher to catch up."

TEEMU SELANNE

Ducks, 42

"It's important to spend your energy wisely [because] when you don't have energy anymore, that's when a lot of injuries come. Your body is just overloading too much. So I think rest is the weapon. The older you get, the smarter you get. Obviously, when you get older, you're going to [be giving up] something when you play against young guys. But hopefully, we are way smarter than those young guys, so we can keep it up."

RAY WHITNEY

Stars, 40

"I remember there being a lot less practice time because guys were nursing, you know, groin injuries, low back, hip flexors. Just nagging [injuries] where typically your body has a day or two to recover. But with this schedule your body doesn't get a whole lot of time. So guys, especially the older ones, are going to play with groins that are tighter, a little more sore than they're used to."

PHOTOED MULHOLLAND/USA TODAY SPORTS (BRODEUR)PHOTOJOHN CORDES/ICON SMI (SELANNE)PHOTOGREG FIUME/GETTY IMAGES (HAMRLIK)PHOTOGENEVIEVE ROSS/AP (WHITNEY)