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Past articles by Michael:

Bills Must Play Better to Realize Super Bowl Dreams

Buffalo can’t play three more games like it did against the Dolphins and expect to win the Super Bowl. → Read More

Brittney Griner’s Life Is Forever Changed. But She Gets to Live It.

There are still numerous questions around the WNBA star’s detainment and the deal that brought her home, but for now there is relief. → Read More

Deshaun Watson Doesn’t Get It, and Neither Do the Browns

The team has forfeited its right to take moral stands down the road, and shouldn’t count on its QB conducting himself with basic human decency. → Read More

Armando Bacot Could Have Entered the NBA Draft. Instead, He’ll Earn a Cool Half Mil at UNC.

His draft stock spiked after a dominant NCAA tournament, but for this business major, riding the NIL bubble and sticking around Chapel Hill is a “no-brainer.” → Read More

To Ban, or Not to Ban, That Is the Question

When you restrict an entire population from an event because of the invasion of Ukraine, it’s worth considering the goal—and unintended consequences. → Read More

Ryan Tannehill’s Comments About Malik Willis Are Only Human

The veteran quarterback isn’t paid to mentor his potential successor. The best QBs in history have known it’s not best for either side. → Read More

Kyrie Irving Has Put the NBA in a Postseason Predicament

If Irving and the Nets somehow turn it on this spring and win a championship, what does that say about the league? → Read More

Sportswashing Is Everywhere, but It’s Not New

This year might be full of particularly blatant exercises in reputation laundering through sports, but regimes have been using this trick for centuries. → Read More

Overshadowed by Controversy and Corruption, the Troubled Beijing Olympics Come to an End

The most contentious and dispirited Games in years concluded with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday evening in China. After 17 days of competition, Sports Illustrated’s team of writers give their final takeaways from Beijing, where the Olympic spirit was undoubtedly overshadowed by doping accusations, ongoing disputes and rising geopolitical tensions. → Read More

Let Biles in Tokyo Be a Cautionary Tale for Understanding Shiffrin in Beijing

It’s hard not to make the comparison between the two athletes. But after many got the gymnast’s story wrong last summer, let’s not make the same mistakes as the skier's Olympic campaign continues. → Read More

Jimmy Garoppolo Just May Be the Best Quarterback Available This Offseason

The 49ers appear ready to move on from their QB, but he’s one of the most interesting players left in the playoffs and several teams should come calling after the season. → Read More

NFL Owners' Order of Operations on Full Display in Miami

When an NFL owner treats a team like a toy instead of a franchise, political positioning becomes the most important skill for its employees. → Read More

Bill Belichick May Have Outsmarted Everyone Again

The Patriots are now all-in on Mac Jones, and they may have found a potential star hiding in plain sight. → Read More

Final Takeaways from the Tokyo Olympics

Four writers reflect on what they'll remember most about these Games, outside of the athletic competition. → Read More

The Bronze Medal Beam Routine That Made Biles Whole Again

A third-place finish on the beam was not her greatest gymnastics performance, but after her devastating mental struggles in Tokyo, it could be the Olympic medal that makes Simone Biles the most emotional in 20 years. → Read More

Biles, Osaka Signal New Era of Prioritizing Mental Health

Decisions like the one Simone Biles made on Tuesday might be jarring to many, but it doesn't mean she doesn't care. We have seen athletes step away for non-physical reasons before—and the trend could continue. → Read More

What Are the COVID-19 Protocols Really Like in Tokyo?

From spit tests to jam-packed buses, here's a look at the various (and sometimes illogical) safety measures in place at the Olympics. → Read More

Can Teams Actually Enforce Lifetime Bans for Fans?

Facial recognition technology—for better or worse—might soon allow sports teams to know exactly who is coming to games. → Read More

Aaron Rodgers Wants Out, and the Packers Have Only Themselves to Blame

GM Brian Gutekunst’s failure to do the bare minimum in managing his star could cost Green Bay a legendary quarterback still in his prime. → Read More

Rory McIlroy Isn't Worried About Winning the 2021 Masters

McIlroy could complete a career Grand Slam with a win at Augusta this weekend. But he's taking the long view, even if it means sacrificing the 2021 Masters. → Read More