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Feb. 02, 2015
Feb. 02, 2015

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Feb. 2, 2015

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SUPER BOWL XLIX PREVIEW
  • Player discipline, comparisons with the '85 Bears, the trouble with Roger Goodell.... As the Seahawks line up for another run at the Lombardi Trophy, and on the same week that the commissioner gives his annual pre--Super Bowl address, the leader of the NFL's most fearsome secondary offers his own take on the state of the game

  • A MATCHUP OF TWO NO. 1 SEEDS HAS ODDSMAKERS STUMPED AND PUNDITS ON THE FENCE. HAWKS OR PATS? CONSIDER THREE ARGUMENTS FOR EACH TEAM.... AND FOR SI'S PICK, TURN THE PAGE

  • Our expert knows Russell Wilson can win a game by himself—it just won't be Super Bowl XLIX. Not against this New England D

  • All this debate about ball tinkering? It's over-inflated, says SI's under-the-center expert

  • DEFLATEGATE SOUNDS BIZARRE, BUT IT'S PART OF A HALLOWED SUPER BOWL WEEK TRADITION: THE FOOTBALL-FOCUS-SAPPING DISTRACTION

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  • MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST HAS BEEN SCOUTED SINCE HE WAS SEVEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THINGS HAVE COME EASY FOR THE HORNETS' FORWARD. STEP BY STEP, HE HAS REBUILT BOTH HIS SHOT—AND HIS VOICE

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FOR JAN. 19, 2015

This is an article from the Feb. 2, 2015 issue Original Layout

Many Giants fans endured the franchise's terrible records in the 1970s without resorting to becoming Cowboys fans. The reward has been four Super Bowl championships. Such lack of loyalty by New Jersey governor Chris Christie speaks volumes.

Jack Richard Vivona, Damascus, Md.

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The real answer to Oregon's loss lies in the lack of any green or yellow on its uniforms. The Ducks' only other loss this season was to Arizona on Oct. 2 when they wore pink, black and silver.

Elayne Golden, Venice, Fla.

Urban Meyer did one heck of a coaching job in beating Alabama and then walloping Oregon in the championship. However, he failed to show any type of sportsmanship by allowing the Buckeyes to score another touchdown when they were already up by 15 points with 30 seconds left against the Ducks.

Macy Brown, Madison, Ala.

COVER

Congratulations, Ohio State! For a while it seemed as if the playoff selection committee was determined to keep the Buckeyes out of the championship game. But in the end, look who was wearing the glass slipper.

Stephen A. Silver

San Francisco

PAGE 52

So Nick Young, the Lakers' second leading scorer, is shooting less than 40% and averaging just 14.1 points? No wonder L.A. is in the toilet.

Terry Griner

Spokane

PAGE 60

POINT AFTER

Steve Rushin's column looking back on champions of 2015 left out one: A thoroughbred appropriately named Unbelievable, who became the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Jack W. Walker

Aledo, Texas

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