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March 02, 2015
March 02, 2015

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March 2, 2015

INBOX
KYLE WILTJER
DAYTONA 500
NFL
  • Every year NFL prospects, coaches, GMs and insiders descend upon Indianapolis, and what unfolds—on the field, at the podium, in the lobbies and the bars—is the foundation of a new season. Here are SI's eight biggest takeaways from the 2015 combine

NHL
  • The Predators have bet big and lost before. (Peter Forsberg, anyone?) But their latest and riskiest gamble—on troubled center Mike Ribeiro—has them positioned for something never seen in Nashville: a long playoff run

GIANCARLO STANTON
  • Jeffrey Loria knows big-ticket collectibles, but the Marlins' owner and notable art dealer outdid himself when he gave Giancarlo Stanton the biggest contract in sports history. Baseball's best power hitter could have gotten paid anywhere—so why did he take the Marlins' money?

MINOR LEAGUE HOOPS
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PRO FOOTBALL

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

38 The Combine

What unfolds in Indianapolis—in the weight room, at the podium, and in the lobbies and bars—is the foundation of a new NFL season

40 YARD DASH

Features

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

28 Kyle Wiltjer

The move west has been a boon for the Zags' forward

By Phil Taylor

MOTOR SPORTS

34 Daytona 500

Joey Logano's win signaled a shake-up among racing's elite

By Drew Lawrence

HOCKEY

42 Mike Ribeiro

Nashville's riskiest gamble could mean a long playoff run

By Sarah Kwak

BASEBALL

46 Giancarlo Stanton

Why did baseball's best power hitter stay with the Marlins?

By Ben Reiter

LONGFORM

54 We Bought a Team!

The crazy, joyful, mournful tale of the Vermont Frost Heaves

By Alexander Wolff

Departments

2 SI Digital

6 Leading Off

13 Inbox

14 Scorecard

21 Faces in the Crowd

22 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: What Russell Westbrook can't do

64 Point After

Steve Rushin: There's no place like Minnesota

SI HAS REGIONAL COVERS THIS WEEK: PHOTOGRAPHY BY WALTER IOOSS JR. FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, BODYPAINTING BY JOANNE GAIR FOR JOANNEGAIR.COM USING BODY ART PRODUCTS BY TRENDYTRIBALS.COM (STANTON); JOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (WILTJER); WALTER IOOSS JR. FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (INSET)

PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY AJ MAST FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDFLYING DUCK Oregon's Marcus Mariota ran the fastest 40 (4.52) among quarterbacks at the NFL combine.