The first Sunday of the 2015 NFL season is in the books, which means it’s time to for our favorite yearly PSA: No matter what happened this week, good or bad, do not overreact. It feels like everything that took place this week was huge because it represents 100% of the season right now. Ultimately, however, it will be 6.25% of a 16-game campaign. Allen Hurns had two touchdowns in Week 1 last year. Jake Locker threw for 266 yards and two scores en route to a top-10 quarterback week. Remember that before you blow your FAAB budget on Nick Foles this week.
But we’re not here only to remind you that, even in a 13-week fantasy regular season, there’s room for patience. Allow me to introduce one of our new weekly staples for this year: the Sunday Superlatives. Every week, this column will highlight five of the standout performances from the day’s games. Most will be good, some will be bad. All will have an eye on how you can apply what happened this Sunday to the Sundays to come for the rest of the season.
It might have taken him a little longer than he would've liked, but David Ortiz is fianlly a member of the 500 club. Just two months from his 40th birthday, Big Papi slugged two deep balls in Tampa Bay against the Rays Saturday to reach the milestone. The first, homer number 499, was a three-run shot in the first. Number 500 came off a 2-2 pitch in the fifth.
It was Ortiz's 50th multi-homer game in his 19-year career.
One of the biggest names in women's soccer is Alex Morgan. The US Women's National Team superstar helped lead her squad to the 2015 World Cup champioship. She's the first women's player to be on the cover of the FIFA video game series. And she's a role model to countless girls – and boys – around the world.
But how did Alex Morgan become, well, Alex Morgan? Disney XD answers that question this weekend. On Sunday, the station will air the latest episode of its Becoming series, which is focused on Morgan's rise to the top of not only soccer, but sports.
SI Kids spoke with Morgan about the episode, what she thinks about her big year, and how important it is to be a good role model for kids. Watch an exclusive clip from Becoming: Alex Morgan, then check out our interview with Alex Morgan!
When DeMarco Murray gets away, it's trouble.
Such was the case in last year's Week 6 matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys. During the last three plays of the Cowboys' game-winning drive, the then Dallas running back caused major problems. It started with 25-and six-yard runs by Murray, who led the Cowboys' charge to Seattle's 15 with 4:02 remaining. It ended when he raced up the middle and into the end zone for a touchdown, leaving Seattle's run defense — the best in the league — flat on its face. (Even a takedown attempt by Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman near the goal line failed.)
The difficulty in stopping this gridiron troublemaker, who had 115 yards in the Cowboys' 30--23 win, lies in his body control and balance. When Murray finds a hole, he goes for it — sidestepping a linebacker here, wiggling away from a safety there — before surging upfield. If the running lane is clogged, he will stiff-arm a defender and accelerate. If that fails and someone gets a hand on him, he'll employ a spin move or two to slip away. Then he's gone.
The season may not have started yet, but there are still gems available on the waiver wire. Things can change awfully fast in the fantasy game, and while you may have just had your draft one week or one day ago, you may not have made the same choices you did then knowing what you know now. You can rectify that already by turning to the waiver wire.
You’ll find our waiver recommendations every single Monday night and Tuesday morning throughout the season. All players who appear in the weekly waiver wire column will be available in at least 50% of fantasy leagues. In future weeks, when there’s reason to start burning FAAB dollars, every player will also have a recommended bid amount. Until then, you can still pick up players for free in most formats. Some of the most attractive players who are available in more than half of all leagues are below.
Last year's Sports Illustrated Kids NFL preview issue was all about quarterbacks. It's a pass-happy league, to be sure, and there's virtually no way for a team to be competitive without a strong player under center. As a result, every legitimate Super Bowl contender has a great passing game.
But what separates those contenders? What gives one explosive offense an edge over another?
More and more, the answer to that question is running backs.
New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin, and retired undefeated boxer Laila Ali visited the U.S. Open on Monday to be a part of an event encouraging kids to be multi-sport athletes.
The event was hosted by the United States Tennis Association, which aims to help kids begin playing sports at a young age so they can be healthy and try to find something they are passionate about. The three athletes spoke to a group of youth tennis players and then joined the kids for a demonstration.
Everyone used equipment by Wilson, which has tried to develop products that are easier for kids to use and handle. Some of this equipment includes lighter tennis racquets and tennis balls that are bigger and not quite as bouncy.
After the demonstration ended, I spoke with McDonagh, Liukin, and Ali. They all mentioned that when kids play multiple sports, they can find what they’re really passionate about and be active and healthy. Each one of them gave great recommendations on how to handle time management and how to stay healthy while having fun!