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ESPN The Magazine 03.02.15

ESPN The Magazine is for the NEXT generation of sports fans who want to stay on top of the athletes, teams, topics and upcoming events in their own sports world. The Magazine celebrates not only sports, but the cultures and lifestyles that are an integral part of them - all with ESPN's unique personality and authority.

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insider spotlight

Terry Bradshaw boasts four Super Bowl rings. Big Ben wears two. Sid the Kid? He drank from Lord Stanley’s Cup at the ripe old age of 21. Pittsburgh greats all. But the most decorated Steel City legend yet: John Stubenraugh. The 27-year-old Pittsburgh native first got inked in 2010—he kept it classic, opting for a Steelers helmet—and has left no 412 staple unturned, or untattooed, since. Terrible Towel? Check. A can’s pull tab: double check. (Local brewery Iron City was the first to use the technology.) Even the Pirates land prime real estate, right on his chest. Yes, those Pirates, of 20-straight-losing-seasons fame (1993-2012). Sure proof that when it comes to Pittsburgh icons, Stubenraugh is the black-and-gold standard. HOW TO BECOME AN ESPN INSIDER! 1 Turn back to the cover and find…

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the ticket

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. [Billionaire owner] decides [usable stadium] is no longer usable, then threatens to move to [another city, likely LA] unless [hapless government] gives him hundreds of millions of dollars for a new field. [Hapless bureaucrat] concedes, insisting private welfare will bear public fruit, an argument that’s swiftly debunked by [any economist—seriously, pick one out of a hat]. The latest proper nouns to fill the template are St. Louis and Milwaukee, where officials have said they’ll pony up huge subsidies to keep the Rams and Bucks from skipping town. The same stories will get written, with the same experts citing the same research to chide spineless public servants. But no one ever asks: How can the cycle be stopped? This isn’t just a political problem—it’s a…

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WHO Knicks center Amar’e Stoudemire WHAT A bath in red wine, Stoudemire’s off-day recovery ritual WHEN Jan. 27, 8:13 p.m. ET WHERE Aire Ancient Baths, New York City “Romantic, right? Yeah, I know how it looks. I got jokes for days from my teammates: ‘Why would you take a wine bath? Who does that? You’re so exclusive!’ But red-wine baths play a part in my off-day recovery process. As often as I can, I take a 30-minute dip. It relaxes your muscles like a regular bath, but the red wine adds other internal pleasures like better circulation in your red blood cells and healthier skin. I haven’t tasted it, but I know it’s the good stuff because it’s not cheap—$500 a session. Hey, sometimes you gotta treat your body, free your mind and just enjoy the universe.”—AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE…

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upsets! we got upsets!

It seems like yesterday that George Mason popped out of our primitive Cinderella-spotting spreadsheets, but The Mag’ Giant Killers project has been predicting tourney upsets for a decade. That bodes well for your bracket when the tournament starts March 17. Last year our model correctly pegged Harvard and Stephen F. Austin as lethal underdogs. Now, after analyzing tourney games dating to ’07, we found that Giants and Killers cluster into families that share statistical profiles. And upsets are more likely to follow from certain clans clashing than others. Baylor, for example, plays more like North Carolina than Virginia—and that makes the Bears more likely to fall to Old Dominion than New Mexico State. Consider this our anniversary gift to you. 1 MEET THE FAMILIES Above all else, Giants looking to ward off…

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bubble beaters

D’ANGELO HARRISON G ST. JOHN’ THE SKILLS Despite a nagging calf strain, Harrison manages to get points inside (6.6 FTs) and out (two treys a night), averaging 18.6 ppg. The 6-foot-4 senior can score on anyone, but he does his best work—and causes defenses the most dread—when someone sets him up. Harrison is one of the top spot-up shooters in the country, averaging 1.18 points per play. THE OUTLOOK The problem for Harrison, and St. John’s, is that his teammates struggle to create for him. PG Rysheed Jordan has more turnovers (65) than assists (60). Overall, the Red Storm assist on just 48.2 percent of made baskets, 273rd in the country. They still have it in them to make the tourney, but that run must start with getting (a healthy) Harrison the ball. TYLER…

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new big in town

HASSAN WHITESIDE HEAT C HEIGHT 7-0 WEIGHT 265 PPG 9.8 RPG 8.3 BPG 2.5 PER 28.6 THE SCOUT He’s always around the ball; he rebounds extremely well in a crowd. If he’s within five feet of the ball, he’ll get it. Even at 6-foot-11, he has really quick feet, allowing the defense to switch on pick-and-rolls. He’s an explosive leaper and has extremely long arms, making him an elite shot blocker. He’s just a ridiculous weakside defender. But on offense, he keeps it simple. He has a jump hook on the right block, but everything else is a dunk. He’s terrible at the line and isn’t a 3-point shooter. And he can’t pick and pop. But he’s really good on the offensive glass. He’s still immature, though, and can get rattled. 1 TOM HABERSTROH, NBA INSIDER Agree. According to SportVU player-tracking…