Last year, the playoff run by the resurgent Blackhawks,
lead by a talented young core including cover
athletes Marian Hossa, Cristobel Huet, Patrick Kane and Jonathan
Toews, was one of the most compelling stories in hockey. But after a
summer of woes - failing to re-sign top players Nikolai Khabibulin and
Martin Havlat, the firing of GM Dale Tallon, Patrick Kane’s
legal troubles and Hossa’s unfortunate rotator cuff injury – many
are wondering if the young team is back to square one. In “Winded
City?,” in the new issue of ESPN The Magazine on sale now,
writer Lindsay Berra takes a look at what the Hawks have on their
plate this fall, including their chances of rebounding—again.
preview features include, Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin?
Writer Eric Adelson seeks to answer what hockey fans have been debating
for years – and The Magazine’sNHL Power Rankings.
All 30 teams are ranked according to shootouts, injury, defense,
goaltending, 5-on-5 and more to create a scientific prognostication of
which teams are dominant and which teams are desperate.
In his third column for The Magazine, “Player X,” an
star, gives rookie players a veteran’s perspective on hazing.
“Believe it or not, though, there’s a purpose to this idiotic
stuff: It’s an initiation into a culture of respect for the men who
played before you…We want to see how you respond when things get
unpredictable, when the tension is high. Because that’s life in the
“Every team has its bullies, the guys who enjoy pushing people
around just to see how far they can take it. When I was a rookie, I
didn’t resent it. I just treated it as part of the game.”
ADDITIONAL FEATURES IN THE NFL PREVIEW:
THIS NUTCRACKER ISN’T A BALLET. They may call him Crazy Eyes, but Mike
Singletary has the Niners seeing the sanity of
back-to-basics football. Chris Jones reports.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, KEMP!
has wowed Dodger fans all season. For those who
slept, don’t worry. He’s saving something special for October. Eric Neel
THE WATCH LIST. ESPN’s 30th anniversary "30
for 30" series of original sports documentaries kicks off soon.
They can only hope to be as powerful as these 10 all-timers. Eric Neel
DESTINATION 2010. It’s been a grueling road for the U.S.
soccer team. How do we know? TheMagazine tagged along
to two of its qualifiers. Luke Cyphers reports.
SECOND CHANCE U.
Johnnie Cole lures blue-chip talent to Texas
Southernwith a simple plan. Take hard-luck transfers from
big-time schools andwipe the slate clean. Carmen Renee Thompson
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