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Mailbag: Speculation About 2020 U.S. Open

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jon Wertheim Hope everything is well, healthy, and wearing a mask…. • Our most recent podcast guest, Donald Dell, talk about his views on the ATP/WTA merger. And he throws in some bonus Michael Jordan stories. • Next up: Carlos......
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Mailbag: Is 2020 Make or Break for Jimmy Garoppolo?

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTczNjQ2ODU1NzI3NDkxMDQ2/jimmy-garoppolo-mmqb-mailbag.jpg Albert Breer It’s July 1, and the NFL is, finally, on summer break. I will be soon, too. But first, let’s jump into the mailbag one last time. From Vince Felice (@VinceFelice1): Is this a make or break year for Jimmy G?? Vince, on the surface, this is a......
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Mailbag: 2020 U.S. Open Still on Track

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Let’s start here…. • Three years ago my colleague and friend S.L. Price wrote this exceptional piece on Jim Kiick, the former Miami Dolphins star struck with dementia. Kiick’s daughter, Allie, is a WTA player, then tasked with balancing a tennis career with helping care for her father. Jim Kiick......
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Mailbag: Quarterbacks Under the Radar in 2020

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Albert Breer You had questions. I had answers. Let’s go … From Tim Williams (@timwilliamsart): In your opinion, is there an NFL quarterback flying under the radar who might have a breakout season this year? Tim, I’ll give you a......
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Mailbag: Who Has the Brightest Future in the AFC East?

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Gotta say, I really appreciate everyone keeping the questions coming, even with the NFL moving into the dead period in its calendar. Let’s dive into some from this week … Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports From Play Neck (@shipcity207): What team has the brightest future in the AFC East? Play, I’d......
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Mailbag: NFL’s Top Five Defenses to Watch

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTczMTcxMjk4MTU3OTk1NDcx/49ers-defense-celebrate-nfc-championship-game.jpg Albert Breer Let’s jump right into the mailbag this week … From Rule of Law (@Offendeddude): Will the NFL unequivocally state their full support for the American flag and what it stands for and condemn any and all actions by players that disrespect it?? I figured I’d use this......
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Tennis Players Take Strong Stands on Racial Injustice

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jon Wertheim Hope everyone is okay. • On the podcast, James Blake is this week’s guest, talking police brutality. • Before him, Madison Keys, reporting live from the intersection of kindness and competition. • Speaking of podcasts, want a treat?......
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Mailbag: QBs Who Could Jump Into the First Round

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Here’s what we got from you guys, and it was mostly football-related, for the last mailbag of May … Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports From Max (@max_schein): Other than (Justin) Fields, (Trevor) Lawrence and (Trey) Lance, what QBs are potential first-round guys in 2021? Here’s why this is a great question:......
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Mailbag: The Irony of Novak Djokovic

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Let’s start with a catch-all. For a guy who hasn’t played a match since February—and hasn’t lost a match in 2020—it’s been a busy spring for Novak Djokovic. He’s tallied some breathtaking winners and made ghastly unforced errors. He’s gone deep with my pal, Graham Bensinger. (Everyone should watch this.)......
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Mailbag: Covering Peyton Manning From Indianapolis to Denver

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Albert Breer I’ll never forget that meeting. It was during Super Bowl week, in early February of 2012, and I’d been called in to a room in the Indianapolis Convention Center to discuss the offseason. At that point, since I’d......
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Mailbag: 2020 U.S. Open Hinges on Three Conditions

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTcyNjg2Mjc5MDQzOTgzMTUx/us-open-2020-mailbag-serena-serve.jpg Jon Wertheim Hope everyone is well (or some approximation)… • On the most recent podcast we talk to Dr. Brian Hainline, chief medical officer of the NCAA and USTA on what it will take for sports to reopen. • Next up: college player on Chase Bartlett on the challenge......
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Mailbag: Exhibitions Give a Taste of “Closed Door” Sports

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jon Wertheim We need to come up with a less trite way to put it, but we hope everyone is hanging in there. • Our most recent podcast guest: Max Eisenbud, head of IMG tennis, returns and tells us what......
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Mailbag: Which Players Benefit from Current Layoff?

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTcyMzY0OTMyODEyMTIxODQ5/amanda-anisimova-mailbag.jpg Jon Wertheim • Our most recent podcast featured Dr. Jonathan Katz talking about the mental health challenges confronting athletes during this period of inactivity. • Next up, another podcast session with Max Eisenbud, head of IMG’s tennis division. • Good soldiering: Tennis Channel is live at noon ET with......
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NFL Mailbag: Which Non-Playoff Teams Improved the Most

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTcyMzYwODUxNTE5NDQ5MDI4/bruce-arians-tampa-bay-buccaneers-2020.jpg Albert Breer Times may be getting slow in the NFL, but mail keeps coming in. So I’ll keep answering it … Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports From seed (@seed32041243): What is the non-playoff team that improved their chances the most of making the playoffs during the offseason? Easy answer: Tampa.......
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Post-Draft Mailbag: How Much Will Dwayne Haskins Improve?

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTcyMTk4OTU2NzUzNzU3NzIx/nfl-mailbag-dwayne-haskins-improve.jpg Albert Breer It’s my first post-draft mailbag, so let’s waste no time and jump right into your questions … From Chochos O’Riley Xpe (@Chochos_ORiley): What if the LA and Vegas stadiums aren’t ready for the season? Choschos, it’s a fair question, because there have been COVID-19 cases on the......

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