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14 Whiplash
A barrage of runs and homers has turned heads as bad pitching afflicts baseball
by Tom Verducci

20 Bulled Over
Holy Bull's wire-to-wire win in the Blue Grass made him the Kentucky Derby favorite
by William F. Reed

26 Show of Arms
An agent is pulling the strings on the biggest NFL quarterback shuffle ever
by Peter King

32 Blue Plate Special
Defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson looks to be a draft-day bargain no matter the price
by Michael Farber

38 The Very Best Act in Town
When this SI Classic ran in 1963, Sandy Koufax was in his prime
by Jack Olsen

52 Sugar Shaq
Life is sweet for Shaquille O'Neal, the Magic's man-child in the promised land
by John Ed Bradley


4 Letters
6 Faces in the Crowd
10 Scorecard
46 Sports People
66 Inside Baseball
70 Inside the NBA
72 Point After

Cover Photograph by David Liam Kyle



Rabbit at Rest: Is it a baseball with harey new qualities that's responsible for the leap in runs in the big leagues? More likely the cause is pitchers with no hop on their heater (page 14).