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Feb. 15, 2016
Feb. 15, 2016

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Feb. 15, 2016

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SUPER BOWL 50 2016
OFF-SEASON PREVIEW
BASEBALL 2016
FIFA 2016
  • WHOEVER WINS THE ELECTION TO REPLACE DISGRACED PRESIDENT SEPP BLATTER IN THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION IN FIFA'S CORRUPT HISTORY WILL BE FACED WITH THIS QUESTION: DO THE VOTERS REALLY WANT CHANGE?

COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2016
NBA 2016
COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2016
  • By Chris Johnson

    AFTER FIVE YEARS IN THE RECRUITING CROSSHAIRS, NO. 1 PROSPECT RASHAN GARY FINALLY PICKED A SCHOOL. NOW THE REAL BATTLE CAN BEGIN

  • The best way to stop the rash of decommitments and pulled scholarships is to let players sign as soon as they get an offer

  • By Gabe Baumgaertner

    How did the last 10 No. 1 recruits turn out?

  • Ten players who can make a difference next fall

NASCAR 2016
BUSHWACKER
  • Kent Cox turned Bushwacker into the greatest bucking bull in history—and their bond was as deep as that between any trainer and human athlete. So why did Cox make the bull a witness to his ultimate act of violence?

POINT AFTER
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FOR FEB. 1, 2016

This is an article from the Feb. 15, 2016 issue

Steve Rushin's vision of Super Bowl 100 was a perfect storm of Kurt Vonnegut and Stanley Kubrick. Brilliant. Unsettling, but brilliant.

Mark Hinshaw, Hobbs, N.M.

If even half of what Rushin writes comes true, then, to quote The Who, "I hope I die before I get old."

Bobby Horn, Stratford, Conn.

After reading Rushin's masterly piece through twice, I'm still fascinated by the predictions, humored by the outrageous novelties and moved to ponder the morality of a game that I and many hold dear.

Zach Weigel, Iowa City

In his examination of Mets manager Terry Collins's crucial World Series Game 5 decision, Tom Verducci captured the unsurpassed thrill of October baseball and the sublime grace that can exist in defeat (This Is What Terry Collins Was Thinking). The computer could belch out every statistical reason why starter Matt Harvey should have been pulled after the eighth. But humanity is what makes sports great.

Bradley McPeek, Cincinnati

COVER

Lost in Greg Bishop's riveting account of the Broncos' AFC championship win (La-D-Friggin'-Da) was the way linebacker DeMarcus Ware hit Tom Brady seemingly each time he dropped back in the fourth quarter. Rarely has a Super Bowl--starved star taken his destiny into his own hands as Ware did.

Sam Fiano

Fairfield, Conn.

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SCORECARD

It is mystifying that so many give GM David Griffin a pass for the Cavaliers' mess. I carry no brief for fired coach David Blatt, but Griffin is the one who has the franchise on the fast track to disappointment.

Michael Coffino

San Francisco

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POINT AFTER

Michael Rosenberg could have been clearer that it wasn't Flint's decision to switch its water supply. The state of Michigan is responsible for this travesty.

Brian Smith

Ann Arbor, Mich.

It was a joy to read photographer Tony Tomsic's remarks about the ambience at the first Super Bowl (LEADING OFF), describing it as being almost like a high school game, with none of today's glitz.

Keith Brescia, Falls Church, Va.

CORRECTION:

Due to an editing error in Reeling in the Wins in the Feb. 8, 2016, issue, we misidentified the city in which the University of Iowa is located. The Hawkeyes play in Iowa City. SI regrets the error.

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