AUGUST 1, 2005
VOLUME 103, NO. 4
6 Leading Off
14 Catching Up With ...
19 Air and Space
Nothing is free in sports anymore--at least for fans. For athletes, life is a locker-room buffet
by Steve Rushin
• Larry Brown could save Knicks
• Giambi, clean, is hitting again
• Patriots' Bruschi to sit out season
33 Faces in the Crowd
84 The Life of Reilly
Let's all blow raspberries at the Bidwills, the worst owners in pro football by Rick Reilly
• Phillies' first-base dilemma
• Manny Ramirez wants out--again
• Phelps fizzles, sizzles at worlds
• Wilkinson wins platform title
TOUR DE FRANCE
42 A Grand Finale
Lance Armstrong won his seventh straight Tour and retired. What's next for U.S. cycling?
by Austin Murphy
52 Question of Value
Few teams want to invest in long contracts for top rushers--even for Edgerrin James
by Michael Silver
56 Fun in the Big City
Pedro Martinez enjoys making the Mets matter again in New York
by Tom Verducci
62 Stephen A., As in ...
Aggressive? Asinine? Maybe ESPN's motor mouth is misunderstood
by Karl Taro Greenfeld
68 Young Wizard
Mike Veeck's kid Rebecca is the ballpark sorcerer's apprentice
by Gary Smith
PHOTOGRAPH BY ALESSANDRO TROVATI/AP
INSET PHOTOS: Allen Kee/WireImage.com (James); Jim McIsaac/Getty Images (Martinez); Michael J. LeBrecht II/1Deuce3 Photography.
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Complete coverage from Cooperstown, including Tom Verducci's list of the best players not in baseball's Hall of Fame, and photos from the ceremony--plus John Donovan's trade deadline analysis.
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Pedro Martinez has energized the Mets (page 56).