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September 25, 2006 Table Of Contents

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Theory vs. Reality

Every fantasy owner has heard the conventional wisdom--why Peyton Manning will be better, why LaDainian Tomlinson will be worse. But is it true?

By Gene Menez

Start ' Em


Sit ' Em


5 Minute Fantasy

The Apprentices

Does a rookie QB have fantasy value?

By David Sabino

Air and Space

The 40-Year-Old Version

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Chris Chambers


As told to Ben Reiter

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

The Questions with Ty Wigginton

D-Rays Third Baseman

'Bama Beginnings

The roots of Seahawks LT Walter Jones

The Pop Culture Grid

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

St. Paulie Boys

Twins sluggers Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau share a semimessy bachelor pad

By Gene Menez

To Play's The Thing

Jersey boy Will Thompson never met an extracurricular activity he didn't like

By Kevin Armstrong


A-Rod Agonistes

His successes are often overshadowed by his failures. Despite his extraordinary accumulated numbers, New York fans are quick to discount his contributions. And when things go wrong for Alex Rodriguez, even his fellow Yankees find him hard to motivate and harder to understand

By Tom Verducci

College Football

Shock Value

By opening up its playbook and turning big-play wide receiver Mario Manningham loose, Michigan stunned Notre Dame with an easy win in South Bend

By Austin Murphy

Saturday's Lessons

By Mark Beech

Pro Football

The Tight End: Version 2.0

Once the domain of sluggish, one-dimensional players, the NFL's latest It Position has been upgraded by a new generation of game-breakers, and the most dangerous of them is Antonio Gates

By Jeffri Chadiha


The new prototype tight end has become so effective in the passing game that many teams are using two at a time

By Nunyo Demasio


Inside: The Week In Sports


By Jeffri Chadiha

Peter King's Corner

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast: Payback Time

By Paul Zimmerman

College Football

By Phil Taylor


By Stewart Mandel

Motor Sports

By Lars Anderson

Life of Reilly

Swearing off Swearing

By Rick Reilly


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Heeeeeere's ... Lou!

In his breezy autobiography, Lou Holtz tells tales of football, Bob Hope, Bill Clinton and Johnny Carson

By Austin Murphy

Leading Off

Saving Grace

Foes are typically history when Trevor Hoffman enters the game. Soon he'll make history too

By George Dohrmann

Value Judgment

Argentina's economic woes drove Christian Gómez to MLS, and D.C. United has reaped the dividends

By Grant Wahl


Winning Pair

Armed with an old and unloved swing theory, these two instructors are suddenly all the rage on Tour

By Chris Lewis

Fraternity Pins

Two brothers, Bill and Mike Zadick, are the U.S.'s best hope at this week's world championships

By Brian Cazeneuve

Jack the Kicker

Considering the rewards of athletic success, is it surprising that a college punter is accused of hacking his way up the depth chart?

By Richard Hoffer

Violent Night

A campus shooting rocks the resurgent Duquesne basketball program

For the Record

Retailing Regret

An auction house plans to peddle Pete Rose's apology for betting on baseball

Q&A Marshall Faulk

The seven-time Pro Bowl running back, 33, is an analyst for the NFL Network as he rehabs his knee

By Richard Deitsch

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

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