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Baseball Players' Role Models and Inspirations

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As 2014 comes to an end and I look back at the MLB players I have had the opportunity to interview, one of the most interesting things that I have found is who these players say inspired them and served as role models when they were growing up. I think you can learn a lot about a player by knowing who they looked up to growing up. It gives you a little insight about the player and what qualities of greatness inspired them.
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Fantasy Football 2014: Waiver Wire All-Star Team

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Writing the “Waiver Wire” column each week is always an interesting exercise. For 16 weeks of the fantasy football season, we’ve looked at and recommended players available in 30 percent of leagues or more. Essentially, we pick through your league’s trash in an attempt to find some treasure. There were plenty of fantasy gems on the waiver wire this season, and we’re proud to say we helped point many of those out. In most cases, the fantasy football waiver wire is a reactive task, replacing dead weight on your roster with unowned players coming off big weeks.

However, we tried to look ahead -- especially during the bye weeks -- to help you fill your roster with players we expected to have upcoming success. Our 2014 Fantasy Waiver Wire All-Star team is indicative of that – and since we’re in the holiday season, we thought we’d focus on the fantasy gifts of the year rather than the lumps of coal (looking at you, Johnny Football).

All of these players were recommended to our readers when they were owned in 30 percent or fewer fantasy leagues on, and Yahoo! Sports.
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Green Bay Packer Jordy Nelson Has Quietly Become one of the NFL's Best Receivers

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The YouTube footage is grainy, but it is clear that the high school quarterback from the tiny Kansas town is the best player on the field. On the first play of the clip, he gets the shotgun snap, fakes a handoff, and then takes off. Fifteen yards downfield he sheds a tackler and somehow simultaneously spins off a second one, a move that immediately leads into another spin that splits another two would-be tacklers.

Fifty yards, two stop-on-a-dime jukes, and 13 broken tackles later — yes, that means at least two defenders missed twice —17-year old Jordy Nelson is in the end zone.

Nelson then finishes the spectacular play with his now signature celebration: He calmly hands the ball to the official and heads back to the sideline. "I've never enjoyed attention," says Nelson, now a star receiver for the Green Bay Packers. "I think it's wrong for me to celebrate when there are 10 other guys on the field that did their job just like I did."
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Fantasy Football 2014: Least Valuable Player of 2014

  • Fantasy Fix
  • Michael Beller
  • December 29, 2014, 8:33 AM

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Earlier, we handed out playoff MVPs. If you missed that column — and don't try to tell me that you weren't all over on Christmas Eve — you can find it here. But as we all know, it isn't all sugar plums in the fantasy football world. Just as there were players who met or exceeded expectations and carried their owners to championships, so, too, were there players who went bust and submarined countless fantasy seasons in the process. This column honors (dishonors?) this year's Least Valuable Players.
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Clint Dempsey Drops a Beat

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It's been a big year for the 31-year-old Dempsey. In June, he scored the United States' first goal of the World Cup in the opening 32 seconds of Team USA's game against Ghana, the fifth-fastest goal in the history of the tournament. He's also been able to pursue his lifelong passion for music by working on his first rap album, which he is releasing with a friend. A portion of the proceeds from The Redux benefit the East Texas Food Bank, which is located not too far from where Dempsey grew up, in Nacogdoches. He spoke to SI KIDS about loving music and his appreciation for a good rhyme.
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Fantasy Football 2014: Most Valuable Players of the Season

  • Fantasy Fix
  • Michael Beller
  • December 26, 2014, 9:55 AM

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Unless you’re in one of those bizarre leagues that goes to Week 17, your fantasy season is over. All that’s left for us to do now is get in the holiday spirit and hand out gifts in the form of MVP trophies.

We’ll nominate five of the best players this season, with at least one at the four major positions, as the potential fantasy MVPs. By taking into account overall production, week-to-week consistency, standout performances and draft-day price, and then select our one true MVP for the 2014 season.
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#TBT: Merry Christmas from SI Kids and Mario Lemieux!

  • From the Mag
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • December 25, 2014, 2:32 PM

Christmas falls on a (Throwback) Thursday this year, so we thought we'd dust off this great December 1993 cover from archives, featuring Pittsburgh Penguins great and NHL legend playing Santa Claus to some lucky real-life penguins!

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