Cover shot: Bobby Brown goes big at the X Games in New Zealand – Getty

Symbolic Gesture

The Mavericks tried to lure DeAndre Jordan away from the Clippers — and thought they’d sealed the deal with a four year, $80 million contract offer. What ensued was a preposterously silly, emoji-powered social media tussle between NBA players. Beautiful illustrations by Rafa Alvarez and a few words by Ramona Shelburne and Tim MacMahon on ESPN tell the nutty story.

On Message

The fans holding the John 3:16 signs are master communicatorsSlate

Artistic Abandon

Video: big lines in majestic Bella Coola, BC – YouTube

The Badass

Longform: the life and times of Kenny StablerSB Nation

Frontrunner

Photo: awesome nose-riding shotInstagram

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals scores a third period goal past goalie Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings at Verizon Center on December 8, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Washington Capitals won, 3-2, in a shootout. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Back page: Red Wings v. Capitals – Getty