72 Eli vs.Peyton
The brothers willadd to the Manning family saga when they make NFL history in the Sunday-nightopener
78 Alive andWell
New quarterbacksColt McCoy at Texas and John David Booty at USC opened to rave reviews
82 Got Your Back,Bro
Baseball broughtbrothers Jeff and Jered Weaver closer--too close, in fact, for a team that hadroom for only one
Even as a boy hefelt a destiny, a need to do the right thing whatever it cost
by Gary Smith
6 Leading Off
12 From theEditor
17 Air andSpace
Beating17-million-to-1 odds, with two long shots by Steve Rushin
• A grittygoodbye from Andre
• Clemsonfootball's father figure
• The creativityof gate crashers
33 Faces in theCrowd
114 Life ofReilly
One man fills an"urgent" need with $165 million. Go, OSU! by Rick Reilly
106 The NFL
• Quarterbacksget a better grip
• Dr. Z: Bewarethe New York teams
• Hey, USA,bronze isn't so bad
• A comeback keysthe Monarchs
• Andy Roddick'sideal mentor
• A French teenis on the rise
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78 COLT COMFORT Longhorns fans felt good about the future after redshirt freshman QB Colt McCoy accounted for four touchdowns last Saturday.
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106 ORANGE AID Thanks to colorful--and prolific--receiver Chad Johnson, the Bengals are Dr. Z's pick in a season-opening showdown at Kansas City.