Upon Further Review: Bo Knows Longreads

GLENDALE AZ - JANUARY 10: Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers talks to Bo Jackson before taking on the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10 2011 in Glendale Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

A Bo Jackson retrospective, relegation in college football, an interview with Mark Martin and more longreads from the week that was in sports.

We're back with another collection of weekend reads -- the longer pieces you may have missed, or just may not have had time to sit down and enjoy throughout the week. From a Bo Jackson retrospective to a massive college football relegation project and everything in between, this week had a little something for everyone.

So settle in and enjoy some of the week's best from around SB Nation.

The Starting Five

Jon Bois and Bomani Jones share their memories of Bo Jackson. Take a trip down memory lane with them and join in on the fun.

It was Relegation Week in college football, with our team of experts playing the what if game. Check out the whole series, which includes an explanation of why it's a good idea, how it would work and a simulation of the last seven years with relegation in play.

"And multiple times, I've been asked to autograph a sweaty bald head. And it doesn't work, it just doesn't work. A Sharpie won't write on a sweaty bald head." An excerpt from Jeff Gluck's excellent interview with Mark Martin.

Every year, the same college football predictions are made, and every year they're wrong. Spencer Hall runs down the list and begs you to stop this madness.

Jon Bois' Sloganalysis series continues with the worst NBA slogans. A whopping 11 categories of terrible.


Dwyane Wade lost his "cool," and just isn't as fun as he used to be.

The 2012 NBA Finals matchup power rankings.

The Spurs are boring. And a response to the yawns of boredom from our Spurs blog.

Leaked emails that show just how ridiculous the Maloofs have been in their arena fight.

One more look at that Kobe clutch debate.

Let's go ahead and kill "Swagger" now, after one final sendoff.


Damned Lies: Your guide to those pesky offseason storylines.

Can a group of fans lure the Rams back to L.A.?


"What I'm trying to explain to you is that Kerry Wood was f***ing incredible."

You should be scared of Bryce Harper. Everyone should be scared of Bryce Harper.

A look at the ridiculous parity in the AL East.

You need to read this story about the couple whose first date became a big deal at Chase Field

College Football

An essential Q&A with Chris Brown, author of Essential Smart Football (and all-around good guy).

Is FSU the most valuable ACC team?

This week's Shutdown Fullback (it's a video, but it counts)


Henrik Lundqvist is incredibly good, but can he can he be tamed?

Sidney Crosby is facing an identity crisis.


The most thorough UEFA Champions League Final scouting report you'll find.

Manchester City bought the title, the critics cry! But if true, it was hardly a unique situation.


The story behind Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir's video game showdown that never was.

The MMA After Hour with Mark Hunt.


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