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18 Money Can't Buy Success
At the halfway mark of the NFL season, ifs clear the highest bidder is not always the biggest winner
by Peter King

30 Away Games
The opening of the Japan Series was a stark reminder of what Americans are missing this fall
by Tom Verducci

38 Going for the Flag
Dottie Mochrie's aggressive play inspired a U.S. victory over Europe in the Solheim Cup
by Jaime Diaz

42 Wild, Wild WAC
In a battle of unbeatens, Utah whacked Colorado State 45-31 in a typical topsy-turvy game
by S.L. Price

46 On the Mend
Ten weeks after a crash nearly killed him, Ernie Irvan is back on his feet and hoping to race again
by Ed Hinton

50 The Sweet Life of Swinging Joe
In this SI Classic from 1966, Joe Namath slips easily into his role as a New York celebrity
by Dan Jenkins

58 Rescue at Sea
When a boat began to sink during an around-the-world race, a foe gallantly helped
by Josh Hall and Alan Nebauer

68 Pure and Simple
In the New England Small College Athletic Conference, players compete for love of sport
by Douglas S. Looney


4 Letters
8 Faces in the Crowd
11 Scorecard
83 Inside College Football
86 Point After

Cover Photograph by Ronald C. Modra



That's the Ticket: North American players having ducked out, it was left to well-ducated fans in Tokyo to enjoy the only thing like a World Series being played this year (page 30).