Athlon Sports Magazine September 2017 : Page 2
facebook.com/AthlonSports @AthlonSports Answers to the perplexing, peculiar and problematic sports queries What’s up with high school basketball players skipping a grade to graduate early? – Mike W., Phoenix, Ariz. Live better with a few of our favorite things: In an odd new trend, two of the top players in the high school Class of 2018 — Marvin Bagley III and 1VU[H`7VY[LY·¸YLJSHZZPÄ LK¹[V graduate early and join the Class of 2017. Bagley III committed to Duke University and is a contender to be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Meanwhile, Porter will join his older brother, Michael Porter Jr. (another top draft prospect), at the University of Missouri, where their father, Michael Porter Sr., was re-cently hired as an assistant coach. What NFL team has the most college rivals (USC-UCLA, Alabama-Auburn, etc.) on its roster? As far as big-name alums, it’s hard to beat the Houston Tex-ans’ combination of Clemson and South Carolina rivals. In total, there are six Tigers (headlined by star receiver DeAndre Hopkins and national title-winning rookie QB Deshaun Watson ) and four Gamecocks (led by Pro Bowl D-lineman Jadeveon Clowney , corner Johnathan Joseph and team owner Bob McNair). The rivalry has been lopsided lately, with Clemson winning the past three Palmetto Bowls. “You gotta wear a Clemson jersey when [OL`SVZL ¹ZH`Z:V\[O*HYVSPUH alum Clowney. “I’m tired of put-ting that orange on. I hate that VYHUNLHUKW\YWSL¹ – Keith B., Orlando, Fla. Drive for Five Inside the Pats’ Super Bowl season. (Not recommended for Falcons fans.) $28 amazon.com BodyGuardz Trainr Pro Case Keep your iPhone safe during extreme workouts. $50 bodyguardz.com Derek Jeter just bought MLB’s Miami Marlins and Beyoncé is reportedly interested in buying the NBA’s Houston Rockets. What other athletes and enter-tainers own pro sports teams? 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their Le Mans vic-tory in style. Price: TBD ford.com Jeter is following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan (NBA’s Charlotte Hornets) and Mario Lemieux (NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins), going from Hall of Fame player to a leadership role in an ownership group. Magic Johnson also has a small share of MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers. Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z, brieﬂ y had a minority stake in the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. The NFL’s Miami Dolphins’ list of minority owners includes Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan . Memphis native Justin Timberlake owns a slice of the NBA’s Grizzlies, and Usher got a championship ring after the Cleveland Cavaliers won an NBA title. However, the most accomplished of the entertainers-turned-owners might be comedian David Letterman , who won the Indy 500 with Rahal Letterman Racing in 2004. Iron Man Kettlebell (40 lbs.) Train like a superhero. $120 onnit.com NHL 18 The puck just dropped on hockey’s premier video game. $60 easports.com TechAway Travel Roll Keep your charging cords, headphones, and tech in one totable bag. $25 greatusefulstuff.com Have a question? Email us at email@example.com. Or mail to: Athlon Sports, Suite 320, Building #2, Landers Plaza, 2451 Atrium Way, Nashville, TN 37214. Cover photography by Aaron Ingrao 2 | ATHLONSPORTS.COM Clockwise from top left: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Photo; Omar Vega/Invision for Jordan Brand/AP Photo; Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic/Getty Images; Ethan Miller/Getty Images; Peter Read Miller/SI/Getty Images; James Devaney/GC Images/Getty Images; Joe Russo/Image SPACE/Newscom; Janet Mayer/Newscom; Matt Peterson/AP Photo (2) – James L., Atlanta, Ga.