40 Crowd Pleaser
With a magical pitch, Phil Mickelson won his second major championship and rewarded his frenzied fans by Alan Shipnuck
46 The Next Generation
A crop of talented 25-and-under players promises an era of superior skills
by Tom Verducci
52 The Biggest Deal
Philadelphia Flyers G.M. Bob Clarke landed the incomparable Peter Forsberg
by Michael Farber
TRACK AND FIELD
54 Watch This
A youthful U.S. team dominated the world championships in Finland
by Tim Layden
60 Meet Mr. Humble
Chastened by his NFL flop, a kinder, gentler (for now) Steve Spurrier is trying to make South Carolina a power
by Karl Taro Greenfeld
4 Leading Off
12 Catching Up With ...
17 Air and Space
He's not ready for some pro football--one man's disregard for the NFL by Steve Rushin
• Rough-riding in Texas with W.
• The cruelest cuts in sports
• TO paints himself into a corner
29 Faces in the Crowd
76 Life of Reilly
This week's Sign of the Apocalypse: a prominent SI columnist gets his own trading card by Rick Reilly
72 The NFL
• Cautious optimism in Cleveland
• Seattle's Felix Hernandez, teen ace
PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT BECK
INSET PHOTO: Walter Iooss Jr.
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