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October 10, 2005 Table Of Contents

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Air and Space

Wie Shall Overcome

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life on and off the Field

Mark Buehrle

WHITE SOX PITCHER

As told to Lisa Altobelli

Who's Hot / Who's Not

SI Players: Life on and off The Field

THE QUESTIONS

WITH London Fletcher, Bills Linebacker

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

My Best Friend ...In Another Sport

HIGH-SPEED EDITION

By Sarah Thurmond

The Pop Culture Grid

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Power Train

How scoring star Jarome Iginla spent his lockout

By Andrew Lawrence

Features

The Tide Has Turned

After a decade of struggles, Alabama is again rolling behind a strong-armed quarterback who wears number 12. Florida found that out the hard way

By Mark Beech

Young Lions

Led by its three sensational freshmen and coming off its first win over a ranked opponent since 2002, Penn State eagerly awaits an even bigger test--a date this Saturday with Ohio State

By Bill Syken

Who's the Man?

Is it Papi or A-Rod? The American League MVP race, like the AL East battle, was a photo finish. The pick here is the player who proved himself in every way

By Tom Verducci

2005 Baseball Awards

By Tom Verducci

The Best of Carson

That's what the 4--0 Bengals are getting from Carson Palmer, who--thanks to a powerful arm, a cool head and a strong supporting cast--has emerged as the NFL's hottest young quarterback

By Jeffri Chadiha

Rating the Young QBs

Quarterback-mining continues to be the NFL's most inexact science. Of the 11 passers drafted in the first round in 2002, '03 and '04, only three have emerged as their teams' unquestioned long-term quarterbacks (four, if you count the ascending Eli Manning). Here is SI's assessment of 15 prominent QBs from the '02 to '04 drafts.

By Peter King

Pride and Punishment

Lightweight champion Diego Corrales recently went through hell to win his first bout against José Luis Castillo--and now he's eagerly stepping back into the fire for the rematch

By JON WERTHEIM

Bonus

The Homecoming

DOUG FLUTIE is back in the Boston area to finish his career with the Patriots--and to take on fully the never-ending challenge of raising his autistic son

By Karl Taro Greenfeld

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

College Football

By Phil Taylor

STEWART MANDEL'S Two-Minute Drill

By Stewart Mandel

The NFL

By Peter King

King's Corner

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast: Beware the Redskins

By Paul Zimmerman

Boxing

By Richard Hoffer

Life of Reilly

If I Ruled The World

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Leading Off

Letters

Beer Here!

At Busch Stadium, the house that brews built, the MVPs--most valuable pourers--are the guys who bring thirsty fans their suds

By Michael Bamberger

Tell-Tale Heart

Is Eddy Curry at risk for cardiac disease? After he refuses a DNA test, the Bulls trade him

For the Record

The Wreck Effect

Are crashes that arbitrarily sideline contenders ruining NASCAR's postseason?

By Lars Anderson

Ball in the Family

Texas Tech's basketball program will be in familiar hands whenever Bob Knight quits

Q & A Troy Aikman

The 38-year-old, three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Cowboys is the lead NFL analyst for Fox

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd

In the tradition of SI's Sportsman of the Year, we periodically pay tribute in this space to men and women who embody the ideals of sportsmanship