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September 18, 2006 Table Of Contents

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Fool's Gold?

There he is, gleaming on the waiver wire, that Week 1 breakout player who can bolster your lineup. Before you grab him, read this

By Gene Menez

Start 'Em


Sit' Em


5 Minute Fantasy

Need to Know

By David Sabino

Air and Space

The Absurdity of Height

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Chris Young

Padres Starter

As told to Lisa Altobelli

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

The Questions with Chone Figgins

Angels Outfielder

First Lessons

A young Giant learns the secrets to survival

Pop Culture Grid

Shore Thing

No grains, no gain: For Redskins running back T.J. Duckett, getting solid means training on shifting sands

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Tale of the Tape

By Kevin Armstrong

Smashing Success

Alix Klineman is a fearsome attacker on the volleyball court and a stellar student

By Dave Krider

POWER RANKINGS: High School Football

By Jon Mahoney


Pass or Fail

The NFL's opening week showcased the leaguewide upheaval at quarterback--and no one was under more scrutiny than Carson Palmer

By Michael Silver


Daunte Culpepper's knee is fine and he's in an offense he knows well, so don't fret too much about his weak Week 1

By Peter King

Ups and Downs

In a 27--0 rout, Steve McNair showed that he may be the answer to the Ravens' prayers while the Bucs' Chris Simms was brought to his knees

By Tim Layden

No Hanging Chad

A rocky off-season gave way to a stellar performance for the Jets' Chad Pennington, whose commitment never flagged

By Nunyo Demasio

Dr. Z's Forecast

Can you have a critical game in Week 2? Yes. In fact, you can have a pair of them when the four NFC East archrivals go at it

By Paul Zimmerman

As Good As They Get

In a U.S. Open that celebrated the titans of the past, Roger Federer cemented his Tigerlike preeminence, and Maria Sharapova fulfilled her lavish promise

By S.L. Price

First Class

By guiding Ohio State to an impressive victory at Texas, Troy Smith showed he's a quarterback in every regard and the unquestioned leader of the No. 1 team in the land

By Austin Murphy


A half-dozen games matching Top 20 teams this weekend will go a long way toward separating the title contenders from the pretenders

By Phil Taylor

Listen to His Bat

Two springs ago, he was banished to the minors, but now Ryan Howard has turned the stretch drive into one booming blast with his epic home run binge

By Franz Lidz

In It to Win It

Coming of age at racing speed, 21-year-old Kyle Busch battles his hothead reputation and the scorn of fans as he roars into the Chase for the Nextel Cup with a tankful of momentum

By Lars Anderson


Inside: The Week in Sports


By Kelli Anderson

College Football

By Mark Beech

Stewart Mandel's Two-Minute Drill

By Stewart Mandel

Life of Reilly

A Hall Greater Than The Sum of Its Parts

By Rick Reilly


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Fast Woman, Foolish Choices

Her B sample came back negative, so the doping police told Marion Jones she can keep racing. But will she resume her habit of running with the wrong crowd?

Happy Talk

Is the NFL in denial on steroids and human growth hormone?

By Peter King

For the Record

A Little on The Side

Q&A William H. Macy

The 56-year-old actor (Fargo) is the voice of a pitcher in the animated film Everyone's Hero, which opens on Friday

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

SI Update

Faces in the Crowd