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The Force Is With Them

Jan. 11, 2016
Jan. 11, 2016

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Jan. 11, 2016

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The Force Is With Them

LESS THAN THREE weeks after debuting to glowing reviews, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is poised to become the top-grossing movie ever in the U.S., and teams and athletes have been swept up in the craze. From the stormtrooper costume Ronda Rousey wore on opening night to the Chewbacca backpack Steph Curry showed off last week, the Force is strong in the sports world, so we wondered which headliners are best suited to Awaken the Force (no spoilers).

This is an article from the Jan. 11, 2016 issue

KYLO REN • NDAMUKONG SUH

Petulant and immature yet skilled and powerful, he harbors dreams of greater domination

REY • HOLLY HOLM

Strong, tough and fearless, and capable of much more than people initially suspected

FINN • JASON HEYWARD

He went from being a cog in the relentless machine of one organization to joining its biggest rival in an effort to have a greater historic impact

POE DAMERON • BRAD STEVENS

A young, talented and confident pilot, he's unafraid of taking on new and risky challenges

HAN SOLO • JAROMIR JAGR

The feats of the aging, battle-scarred veteran are legendary among the younger generation, but he still has plenty of game left

THEY SAID IT

"WE COULDN'T HIT A BULL IN THE ASS WITH A BASS FIDDLE."

Rick Carlisle

The Mavs' coach, after Dallas shot 36.4% for the game and scored only 10 points in the first quarter of its 106--82 loss to the Heat last Friday.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

Chip Kelly was fired in part because he forced the Eagles to change the traditional date of their Christmas party, according to CBS.

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