Apr 5, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) throws a pass during a spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Some of the best longreads from around SB Nation, from Matt Barkley's perfectness to the NBA Draft lottery and beyond.
We're back with another week of longreads from around SB Nation. From the hubs to the blogs, there were plenty of great reads. And since it's the weekend, you now have time to sit back and enjoy them all.
The Starting Five
Matt Barkley is a throwback -- a retro quarterback that fits the mold of a USC signal caller, or that kid in your local game of backyard football. Spencer Hall breaks down Barkley, in all his perfect, retro glory.
The NBA Draft lottery may be fixed, or it may not be. But no matter what, Andrew Sharp writes, it's a damn good show with some damn good drama.
Your NHL team's slogan sucks (or sucked at some point). Jon Bois continues his Sloganalysis series by examining the best and worst hockey slogans.
Drew Fickett's career has been a rollercoaster. From showing up to a fight drunk to numerous other missteps, Fickett has been through it all. Ben Fowlkes masterfully tells Fickett's story, which is certainly a must-read.
NASCAR is missing tradition and can't hold a candle to the Indy 500. Jeff Gluck experienced his first 500 last weekend and was blown away how the traditions and attention to detail make the event so special.
The Sixth Man
The Devils had done everything except take care of one minor detail. With a series win over the Rangers, they buried 1994 for good, and Tyler Bleszinski shared his account of what it all meant.
Tom Lorenzo was at the lottery and asked the ping-pong ball machine if it was rigged (among other excellent things)
Time to fire up the "Amnesty Kobe" debate (and this is a good one)
Dorial Green-Beckham to Texas State! Jimmy Clausen to Western Kentucky! What if college football had a draft?