44 The Pride of St. Louis
The Cardinals have baseball's strongest lineup, but are they armed enough for October?
by Daniel G. Habib
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
50 Back to Odessa
A movie based on Friday Night Lights took the author on a long-dreaded journey to the West Texas oil patch
by H.G. Bissinger
56 Turned Around by a Tackle
Led by lineman Marcus Stroud, the surprising Jaguars stayed unbeaten
by Josh Elliott
62 The Big Ten's Big Shift
Purdue is leading a realignment of the conference's pecking order
by Austin Murphy
66 The Czar Is Born
In 1963 Pete Rozelle, despite personal turmoil, positioned the NFL to conquer the sports world
by Michael MacCambridge
4 Leading Off
10 Catching Up With ...
19 Air and Space
The NHL is locked out. Do any of you hosers care? by Steve Rushin
• Ichiro raises the singles bar
• Montreal bids Expos adieu
• U.S. faces tough Davis Cup final
31 Faces in the Crowd
88 The Life of Reilly
Stats, schmats. I'd slap asterisks on half of them
by Rick Reilly
76 College Football
• Quarterback leads Louisville to 3-0
• Boise State rolls up points, victories
• Roger Federer, SI's player of the year
80 The NFL
• Dennis Green's struggles in Arizona
• Dodgers starters hanging in there
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