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ESPN The Magazine‘s “One Day, One Game” Issue on Newsstands Friday


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Who needs March to go mad? The year in college hoops has been so chock-full of upsets and overtimes and No. 1’s going down that fans have been too busy rushing the court to worry about the dance.

The latest issue of ESPN The Magazine – “One Day, One Game,” on newsstands Friday – captures a college basketball game day from 360˚. While most of fans’ attention is on the few hours of the game itself, this issue dedicates its focus to the intricacies of what goes into making these couple of hours worthy of our undivided attention. The issue documents the February 5 nail-biting prime-time showdown between the University of Michigan and Ohio State.

See pre-game behind-the-scenes video and photos as two coaches and two teams and two legions of fans all descended on Ann Arbor, Mich.

Also featured in the latest issue is “His Game, His Rules,” an investigative profile on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell by The Mag’s Don Van Natta Jr. The piece examines Goodell’s leadership and considers that, despite all of the NFL’s success, the league may now be more divided than ever before.

One Day, One Game Features:

Storm season

College hoops have had a crazy year so far, with 18 unranked teams toppling top-five opponents. By Jordan Conn

Director’s Cut

In a season that is so unpredictable that the weekly Top-10 rankings have been knocked around like pool balls, coach John Beilein’s game plan remains the same: You can never be too prepared. By Tim Keown

(Video) and (Photos)

Shooting pain

Deshaun Thomas may drive his teammates crazy, but when the Buckeyes really need a bucket, everyone looks his way. By Sarah Turcotte

A theory about Aaron Craft

The Mag explores what is behind Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft’s defense that enrages opposing fans. Why this short, scrappy point guard is the most hated player outside of Columbus. By Wayne Drehs


Getting the banned back together

For the first time in a decade, Chris Webber will soon be allowed to reunite with the Fab Five at Michigan. So what’s stopping him? By Steve Wulf

To the victors go the spoils

The Mag explores the relationship between college hoops and football recruiting, noting that Michigan’s hardwood success has given Brady Hoke a boost on the recruiting trail. By Ryan McGee

Additional Highlights

  • The Fix: The Mag’s Chris Jones explores why a rising tennis star signs off, sharing details on his own bout with depression.
  • The Truth: Columnist Howard Bryant sheds light on how MLB just can’t shake PEDs.
  • NFL: In “Open Receiver” Super Bowl Champ Anquan Boldin discusses Bernard Pollard, youth football, and Ponzi schemes.

Media Contact: Carrie Kreiswirth – 860-766-6042