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Sports Illustrated DIGITAL

March 11, 2013
March 11, 2013

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March 11, 2013

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
MIAMI BASKETBALL
  • THE HURRICANES HAD NEVER BEATEN A NO. 1 PROGRAM, NEVER BEEN IN CONTENTION FOR A TOP TOURNAMENT SEED AND NEVER WON AN ACC CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THIS SEASON. SO WHY DOES ALL THIS SUCCESS FEEL SO FAMILIAR?

THE POWER ISSUE
  • OVERREACHING OVERLORDS BUILDING (AND BUYING) EMPIRES ON THE BACKS OF THE YOUNG AND THE STRONG. SHIFTING ALLEGIANCES AND SHIFTY DEALS. AND DRAGONS! (WELL, NO.) THE STRUGGLE FOR INFLUENCE ATOP THE GAMES WE LOVE CAN SEEM LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A FANTASY EPIC

  • By Text by Albert Chen

    SI RANKED (THEN SHUFFLED, STARTED OVER AND RERANKED) THE 50 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN SPORTS. DON'T LIKE OUR LIST? TRY US AGAIN IN A YEAR WHEN, INEVITABLY, TODAY'S LEADERS WILL BE UNDERPERFORMING OR UNDER ASSAULT. FOR NOW, YOUR LEADER ...

  • OVER HIS TWO DECADES AT THE HELM OF THE NHL, GARY BETTMAN HAS INCURRED THE FROSTY WRATH OF FANS—AND A NATION. BUT IS HE REALLY AS TERRIBLE AS EVERYONE SAYS?

  • WHEN TAKING STOCK OF THE CURRENT NHL COMMISSIONER, CONSIDERATION MUST BE GIVEN TO THE LEAGUE'S ROGUES' GALLERY OF FORMER LEADERS

  • ATTENDEES AT THE ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BANISH A 300-POUND OFFENSIVE TACKLE, BUT PLENTY OF THEM COULD BENCH-PRESS ONE. AT THE CITADEL OF STRENGTH, ACOLYTES WORSHIP—AND VENDORS PEDDLE—POWER IN ITS PUREST FORM

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POWER WEEK

This is an article from the March 11, 2013 issue

There are players, and there are players. This week SI.com looks at some of the most powerful figures in sports history, including hard-nosed commissioners, savvy owners and superstars whose influence extended beyond wins and losses. Go to SI.com/power.

TUESDAY MARCH 5

NFL

25 MOST POWERFUL BACKS OF ALL TIME

Jim Brown, who often seemed like a man among boys on the field, was the top rusher in eight of his nine seasons.

10 RUSHING PLAYS THAT CHANGED THE GAME

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6

Despite criticism for his heavy-handed approach, all eyes remain on the NFL's absolute ruler, Roger Goodell, as he manages a business that is complex, sprawling and unbelievably profitable.

TOP 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN SPORTS

THURSDAY MARCH 7

NBA

25 DUNKERS THAT ROCKED THE WORLD

Vince Carter's "cookie jar" jam at the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest introduced the world to Vinsanity.

10 PAINT MONSTERS WHO RULED THE REBOUND

FRIDAY MARCH 8

MLB

THE TOP 10

MOON SHOTS AND FLAMETHROWERS OF ALL TIME

In 1974, Nolan Ryan threw a then record 100.9-mph fastball against the Tigers; Mickey Mantle's 1963 blast against the K.C. Athletics traveled an estimated 734 feet in Yankee Stadium.

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Looking Back

Book Excerpt

Pat Summitt, college basketball's winningest coach, reflects on her remarkable career—and on her current health challenges.

BY PAT SUMMITT

PHOTONEIL LEIFER (BROWN)PHOTODAVID BERGMAN (GOODELL)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (CARTER)PHOTOPETER READ MILLER (RYAN)PHOTOJOHN G. ZIMMERMAN (MANTLE)PHOTOCOURTESY OF CROWN ARCHETYPE (SUMMITT)PHOTOTHREE ILLUSTRATIONS