FOR DEC. 22, 2014
This is an article from the Dec. 22, 2014 issue
With the deadline for baseball writers to complete their 2015 Hall of Fame ballots just around the corner—submissions must be postmarked by Dec. 27 (results will be announced on Jan. 6)—SI.com's Jay Jaffe takes a look at the 34 candidates and predicts who will be in and who will be out in his JAWS Ballot Breakdown series. Will nine-time All-Star and 500 home run club member Gary Sheffield(above, right) be admitted in his first year of eligibility? Will having been a designated hitter keep Edgar Martinez out for the sixth straight year? What will be the effect of a new rule that shortens a candidate's eligibility from 15 years on the ballot to 10? Go to SI.com/mlb for Jaffe's answers to these and other burning questions.
The Red Zone
120 Sports hosts Michael Beller and Eric Edholm predict which NFC contender will falter down the stretch and fail to make the playoffs. "Easy answer: the Eagles," says Beller. "They've got two tough divisional road games [versus the Redskins and the Giants] ahead." Edholm, however, thinks it'll be Tony Romo & Co. who will come up short. "I've got to go with America's Team. The Cowboys are facing off against Indy [next week]. That's a tough win." For more of Beller and Edholm's Point/Counterpoint, plus 24-hour access to video highlights and analysis, go to 120sports.com
From now through the end of the football season SPORTS ILLUSTRATED will feature multimedia stories on the most intriguing emerging athletes in the nation. To see a video of this week's Rising Star—Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant—and the entire Rising Stars series, presented by Symetra, go to SI.com/risingstars
PLAY DAILY. WIN BIG
What's on your holiday wish list? With Football Throwdown on the FanNation fantasy-sports app, you can select a set of players and challenge your friends for cash prizes or bragging rights. Go to fannation.si.com to pick a quarterback, a running back and a wide receiver or tight end, and see who beats his projection. Week 15's top RB was the Bengals' Jeremy Hill, who ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns in a 30--0 blowout of the Browns.
As successful as some athletes are on the field, some find even more success after they retire. Take former race car driver Roger Penske, who, upon leaving the cockpit in 1965 started his own multibillion-dollar business. To learn more about Penske and other sports figures turned business leaders, go to SI.com/pro-files, a series from the editors of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and FORTUNE.