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Hobbit Forming

Jan. 26, 2015
Jan. 26, 2015

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Jan. 26, 2015

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NFC CHAMPIONSHIP
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP
NFL PLAYOFFS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
RED ARMY
  • THE GREAT SOVIET TEAMS OF THE 1980S WERE LED BY THE FABLED GREEN UNIT, FIVE PLAYERS WHOSE SKILL AND ARTISTRY WERE UNMATCHED. BUT AS A NEW DOCUMENTARY SHOWS, THESE MEN WERE MORE THAN HOCKEY AUTOMATONS—AND THEIR SPIRIT WAS SOMETHING EVEN A REPRESSIVE REGIME COULD NOT STIFLE

CHANGING LANES
  • TONY BLAKE, THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN ALL-IVY LEAGUE SWIMMER, VANISHED A FEW MONTHS SHORT OF HIS YALE GRADUATION. WHILE CLASSMATES WONDERED WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM, HE ROAMED THE WORLD, TOOK ON A NEW NAME AND FOUND HIS PASSION IN THE UNLIKELIEST OF PLACES

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Hobbit Forming

Andrew Luck goes beyond hike

LAST WEEK, BEFORE the Colts were humiliated 45--7 by the Patriots, punter Pat McAfee revealed that quarterback Andrew Luck sometimes slips Lord of the Rings references into his dummy calls at the line of scrimmage. What characters from the trilogy might other players think Luck is referring to? A few guesses.

This is an article from the Jan. 26, 2015 issue

Bilbo Baggins

Reggie Wayne

Got a ring years ago and after an unnaturally long run of success seems ready to move on

Aragorn

T.Y. Hilton

Good-looking up-and-comer with pedigree who is poised to inherit the throne

Gollum

Trent Richardson

Much-discussed creature who lingers in the shadows but occasionally emerges to help

Frodo

Ahmad Bradshaw

Oft-wounded diminutive adventurer from another land who volunteers to lead the charge

Sam

Hakeem Nicks

Frodo's buddy from back home (New York) often drops the ball but provides moral support

Gandalf

Andrew Luck

Bearded wizard who's not typical of his kind but has a vision and a willingness to sacrifice for success

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

Johnny Nichols, a 21-year-old Patriots fan from Waltham, Mass., had Tom Brady tattooed on his lip so the QB's name will always be on the tip of his tongue.

PHOTOPHOTOFEST (BILBO)PHOTOTOM DIPACE (WAYNE)THREE PHOTOSMARY EVANS/EVERETT COLLECTION (ARAGORN, GOLLUM, SAM)TWO PHOTOSJOE ROBBINS/GETTY IMAGES (HILTON, NICKS)PHOTOANDY LYONS/GETTY IMAGES (RICHARDSON)PHOTONEW LINE CINEMA/PHOTOFEST (FRODO)PHOTOCARLOS M. SAAVEDRA FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (BRADSHAW)PHOTONEW LINE CINEMA/EVERETT COLLECTION (GANDALF)PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (LUCK)PHOTO@JOHNNYNICHOLS1/TWITTER.COM (NICHOLS)PHOTO ILLUSTRATION