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Feb. 17, 2014
Feb. 17, 2014

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Feb. 17, 2014

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2014 OLYMPICS
  • THE OPENING DAYS OF THE SOCHI GAMES WERE FILLED WITH OVERBLOWN TALES OF ORGANIZATIONAL GLITCHES. (ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE HOTEL COMPLAINTS.) BUT THERE WAS AN EASY WAY TO CELEBRATE OLYMPIAN ACHIEVEMENTS AND REVEL IN RUSSIA'S WINTER SPIRIT: HEAD FOR THE HILLS

PRO FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
ROY HIBBERT
  • THE GOOFY GOLIATH ANCHORS THE NBA'S BEST DEFENSE BY EXPLOITING A LITTLE-KNOWN RULE THAT ALLOWS HIM TO USE HIS MASSIVE FRAME TO OUTMUSCLE DRIVERS. NOW STOP WHINING—THAT'S NOT A FOUL

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Examining Dickie V's plaudits

Rodney Hood started his career at Mississippi State before transferring to Duke, where he's averaging 16.9 points and 4.5 rebounds. Those numbers earned him a spot on Dick Vitale's recent All--Marco Polo Team, which names the best transfers. It is but one of Vitale's numerous lists, many with self-consciously "zany" names. Guess which of the following are actual Vitale teams and which are fake.

This is an article from the Feb. 17, 2014 issue

All-Bitcoin Team

Players who fluctuate wildly in value

All-Alcatraz Team

Players expected to have breakout seasons

All-Avis Team

Players who try harder

All--Chris Christie Team

Lane cloggers who tie up traffic

All-Ishtar Team

Players who take the worst flops

All--Frank Lloyd Wright Team

Coaches who are master architects

All--World B. Free Team

Players with the best names

All--Peyton Manning Team

Players who miss the big shot

ANSWERS: THE ALL-ALCATRAZ, ALL-AVIS, ALL--FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND ALL--WORLD B. FREE TEAMS ARE REAL.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

In honor of forward James Johnson, the Grizzlies will hand out neck tattoo stickers to the first 5,000 fans at their Feb. 21 game against the Clippers.

PHOTOSTREETER LECKA/GETTY IMAGES (VITALE)PHOTOFOTOLIA.COM (CUFFS)PHOTOKATHY WILLENS/AP (CHRISTIE)PHOTOCOLUMBIA PICTURES/PHOTOFEST (ISHTAR)PHOTOJOE MUNROE/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES (WRIGHT)PHOTODICK RAPHAEL/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (FREE)PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (MANNING)PHOTOROCKY WIDNER/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (JOHNSON)TWO PHOTOS