If you've ever thought about running outside in the winter to shag some flies or take some batting practice, check out this incredible photo of Progressive Field in Cleveland. The home of the Indians is blanketed in snow after a storm rolled through the area last week. The Browns had a game to play, so the crew at FirstEnergy Stadium had to work nonstop to make sure everything was ready for fans and the game. But at Progressive Field, there isn't a game scheduled for months — which means we get to see the ballpark transformed into a winter wonderland. And fortunately, Cleveland Aerial Media was there to capture it in all it's beauty. (They have a few more shots of Progressive Field up on their Twitter page.)
Photo: Aerial Cleveland
The weather outside might be frightful, but these songs are delightful! Sports Illustrated Kids editors got together and crafted what might be the best sports-themed holiday carols ever written. Set to some classic songs, like "Frosty the Snowman," "Winter Wonderland," and "The Dreidel Song," these tunes are sure to get you in the holiday spirit — or just amped up for the next game.
Chicago is rolling and starting to create some separation in the West's Central Division, and in the Pacific the Ducks are starting to pull away from the Sharks. Meanwhile, the Eastern Conference is still not very good (two of the worst teams in the league, the Sabres and Islanders, are in the East), but the Penguins and Bruins have emerged as the elite teams in the conference.
Check out this week's NHL Power Rankings and tell us in the comments section where you think your team should be ranked!
Florida State's Jameis Winston is football's next great quarterback
Editor's note: On Saturday, Freshman FSU quarterback Jameis Winston was named the winner of the 2013 Heisman Award. He's the youngest player to ever win the award, and he won it with the seventh-largest margin of victory, earning 668 first place votes. This profile of Winston was originally published in the November 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated Kids.
Jimbo Fisher has a lot on his mind. The Florida State football coach is trying to get the Seminoles in the hunt for their first national title since the 1990s. He also has to move on after losing quarterback EJ Manuel, whom the Buffalo Bills made the first quarterback taken in the 2013 NFL draft.
But the hardest part of Coach Fisher's job is this: getting fans to calm down about his teenage quarterback. The problem is that freshman Jameis Winston keeps giving college football fans reason to be excited. Like when he was nearly perfect at Pittsburgh in his first career start. "He's played one game, that's it," Fisher reminded reporters and fans after the game.
Winston has since played a handful of games, and every week he looks like a star. Last season, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel became the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy. The way Winston has started off his first season, the wait for a second freshman Heisman winner might be a short one.
After a season’s worth of speculation and drama, we can finally rest for a bit. The bowl matchups have been decided, and we have a few weeks before the BCS bowls are played. No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn will end a crazy season by playing for the national championship on January 6.
This is the final year for the BCS, as college football will move to a four-team playoff starting next season, so this postseason will be a special one. We’ve got some time before the next stretch of big games, but that doesn’t mean the excitement ends yet. There will still be plenty of analysis and predictions leading up to the games — including our final Power Rankings of the season, which reflect the BCS standings heading into bowl season. But if this season has taught us anything, it’s that you never know what the score will be when the clock hits all zeroes.
Another day, another Stadium Series jersey reveal. This time it's the Pittsburgh Penguins, who meet the Blackhawks at Soldier Field in Chicago for an outdoor game on March 1. This afternoon, the Pens gave fans their first look at the special jerseys they'll be wearing for the game.
Seattle came into last weekend as the top team in the Power Rankings, and for good reason. The Seahawks dismantled the New Orleans Saints at home, and looked unbeatable. That was before they played division rival San Francisco, though. The 49ers won at home, knocking Seattle down a few notches.
The Broncos now have the top spot, and will likely remain near the top for the rest of the season. Teams below them still have a lot to play for, so there could be some movement as we get a better idea of who will make the playoffs and who will have a long offseason.
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