Search

Just My Type

April 14, 2014
April 14, 2014

Table of Contents
April 14, 2014

SI.com
THE MAIL
2014 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
  • After they were banned from the NCAA tournament a season ago, coach Kevin Ollie held the Huskies together by giving them a higher sense of purpose. Then he guided the No. 7 seed to upset after upset—and, with a steely win over Kentucky, to the school's second title in four years

  • The season may have just ended, but it's never too early to start thinking about which teams will be at the top of the polls next fall

PATRICK BEVERLEY
BASEBALL
  • The economic landscape is set for this season: The Dodgers sit atop the payroll heap, the Marlins at the bottom. But in an era of LONG CONTRACT EXTENSIONS (this spring everyone from Indians catcher Yan Gomes to Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera got one) some teams have players signed through 2024. Here's a season-by-season look at each club's salary commitments over the next decade.

  • The seven-year, $215 million extension he signed in January didn't just make Clayton Kershaw the game's HIGHEST-PAID PITCHER—it also made him the ninth player the Dodgers must pay at least through 2017. The Giants and the Reds have L.A. beat on long-term commitments, though: They already have payroll obligations through '21 and '24, respectively.

POINT AFTER
Departments

Just My Type

By Interview By Dan Patrick

JARED ALLEN

This is an article from the April 14, 2014 issue Original Layout

BEAR NECESSITY

The five-time Pro Bowler signed a four-year, $32 million deal ($15.5 million guaranteed) with the Bears. He'll replace veteran defensive end Julius Peppers, who signed with Green Bay. Allen, 32, ranks 12th on the alltime sack list, with 128½.

DAN PATRICK:Why Chicago?

JARED ALLEN: Everything just fell in line. This wasn't just a process of who was going to throw the most money at me. I had a list of things that were important to me. I wanted to make sure I could believe in the coaching philosophy and the organization.

DP:How close did you come to signing with Seattle?

JA: Very. It's a phenomenal organization. The Bears thing happened last minute. It was a stealth move by them. I found out at five in the morning that [the deal] was done.

DP:How important was the chance to play the Vikings twice?

JA: To be in the same division I've been in for so many years ... that's part of the reason the Bears were attractive to me. I know what it's like to prepare against the Chicago Bears. It's frustrating. I haven't won in Chicago in six years. The fact that I'm playing the Vikings doesn't have any bearing.

DP:Any chance you could have stayed in Minnesota?

JA: There was always a chance. But they were going in a different direction with a new staff. They were getting younger. No one was taken by surprise. I have nothing but love and respect for the Vikings' organization.

DP:How many sacks do you need to get into the Hall of Fame?

JA: I don't know. I just keep crossing Hall of Famers off as I pass 'em on the list.

DP:There has to be a magic number.

JA: Being drafted by Kansas City, one way I benchmarked my career was against Derrick Thomas. It was a huge deal for me to pass him on the alltime list in one season less than it took him.

DP:One hundred fifty?

JA: I would hope that would work.

DP:Don't try to pretend you're not counting.

JA: I know exactly where I am. With a good year this year I could pass [Michael] Strahan. I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about it. But it's not my motivation. I want a chance to win a championship. To be with a team that has an offense that can put up points, that's what's exciting.

DP:How many times did you sack Jay Cutler?

JA: Quite a few. I've been playing against Cutler since he was in Denver.

DP:Now you can't even hit him in practice.

JA: Yeah, now I have to tap him on the keister as I run by him.

Guest Shots

Say What?

I asked Cal Ripken Jr. if he would rather have his career or Derek Jeter's. "I'd rather have Derek's," Ripken said. "A bad year for Derek is losing in the first round of the playoffs. I was totally jealous. I had a few chances, but I wanted a whole lot more than that." ... New Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski won't schedule Duke after spending 15 years in Durham as an assistant. "That's not something Coach K likes to do, play his former guys," Wojo told me. "There's too much emotion. It's better to compete against people outside our family." ... Jim Nantz stayed in the same Dallas hotel at the Final Four as he did the first time he called the event for CBS, in 1986: "I remember showing up here frightened out of my mind. I had this outer presentation that I was Mr. Cool. Internally I was screaming, What are they doing? Don't they know I'm 26 and about to go on in prime time."

PHOTOMICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (PATRICK)PHOTOMATT MARTON/AP (ALLEN)PHOTOJOHN RAOUX/AP (RIPKEN)PHOTOJEFFREY PHELPS/AP (WOJCIECHOWSKI)PHOTOSTREETER LECKA/GETTY IMAGES FOR NAISMITH BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME (NANTZ)