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Feb. 02, 2015
Feb. 02, 2015

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Feb. 2, 2015

SI NOW
INBOX
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

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
PRO BASKETBALL
  • 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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By WITH HOST Maggie Gray

BARRY SANDERS

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

The Hall of Fame running back, who ranks third on the NFL's alltime rushing list (15,269 yards), discusses the Deflategate controversy with SI Now host Maggie Gray

MAGGIE GRAY:Did the air pressure of the ball ever give you an advantage or disadvantage?

BARRY SANDERS: It wasn't something I ever really noticed that much. I do know some guys like a ball that is more worn or that's broken in, but that's about it.

MG:So softer balls or maybe a little bit more firm doesn't matter to you? It doesn't mean you can grab it from the quarterback better?

BS: No, no. The newer balls tend to be more slippery with all of the oils and things like that, so I think that is why guys like to scuff them up a little bit. But that's about it.

MG:Do the players think this story is a big deal?

BS: It has to be a big distraction for the Patriots. And the Seahawks are probably sitting there laughing and are really amused and enjoying the fact that the Patriots have to answer all of these questions about this. I think they probably see it as an advantage.

MG:Do you think it would be an advantage for you if you were playing?

BS: I think it would be. If the other team had to address these issues? Absolutely. I'm sure the folks in Seattle are doing their best to fan the flame as much as possible.

MG:You have a son who plays football as well, Barry J. Sanders for the Stanford Cardinal. Was there ever any apprehension about letting him play football?

BS: For me, I balance it by saying, there are risks. They're normal concerns. But there are so many benefits to team sports and organized sports that for us we made the decision that it's O.K. for our kids to play.

For more of Sanders's interview, plus the SI Now archive, go to SI.com/video

"The Seahawks are probably sitting there laughing."
—Barry Sanders

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