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October 2, 2006 Table Of Contents

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Changing Places

The U.S. took time amid the buildup to assure its new status as underdog

By John Garrity

Ready, Set, Oh, No!

After all the talk of fun and family, the U.S. got off to a familiar shaky start

By Gary Van Sickle

U.S. Idle

U.S. IdleIn need of a strong day to close the gap, the Americans were stuck in neutral

By John Garrity

Deja P.U.

The American team has witnessed this scene before, and it still stinks

By Michael Bamberger

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Double Trouble

Sharing is fine on the playground, but it doesn't work in fantasy football, where the lack of a featured back drives owners crazy. Who will win these battles?

By Gene Menez

Start 'Em


Sit' Em


5 Minute Fantasy

Need to Know

By David Sabino

Air and Space

The Big Run-Around

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field



As Told to Peter King

SI Players

Who's Hot/Who's Not

The Questions With Jimmie Johnson


A Miner's Son

Bills LB Takeo Spikes honors his dad's life and words

By Takeo Spikes

The Pop Culture Grid

Hitting the Big Time

Quaint it wasn't, but this SoCal showdown got fans stoked

By Ramona Shelburne

True Web Gems

The best high school sites go beyond the scores and stats

By Kevin Armstrong



They were playing for a lot more than payback, but the Bengals did get some revenge against the Steelers in the best rivalry in football and set themselves up as top cats in the NFL's toughest division

By Tim Layden

Survival Rivals

NFC South foes Carolina and Tampa Bay were thought to be Super Bowl contenders, but only one of them has a real shot now

By Bill Syken

Face Facts, Jax

As they struggle to overtake the Colts in the AFC South, the Jaguars are learning that there are no moral victories in the NFL

By Nunyo Demasio

Same Old Scene

In what has become a familiar sight, a deep, talented European team dominated the U.S. at the Ryder Cup

By Alan Shipnuck

Collision Course

Is another Subway Series inevitable? Sure seems to be, but this is October, when there are higher powers than even the pulverizing offenses of the Yankees and the Mets

By Tom Verducci

Happy Feet

Lightly recruited tailback Steve Slaton found a home at West Virginia and has quickly developed into one of the game's most feared--and fastest--runners

By Phil Taylor

NHL Preview 2006 - 07

Will You Tune In To These Two?

The NHL has spruced up its game and lured its core fans back. Now it hopes young stars Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby can make the league more visible in the U.S.A.

By Michael Farber

The New New Kid

After a dramatic flight from Russia, dazzling Evgeni Malkin takes a star turn in Pittsburgh

By E.M. Swift

The Best Team $44 Million Can Buy...

SI Plays G.M. and Comes In under the Cap

Scouting Reports

Postseason surprises last spring, Anaheim and Buffalo will be the final teams skating next June


By Brian Cazeneuve


By E.M. Swift


By Yi-Wyn Yen


By E. M. Swift


By Brian Cazeneuve


By Yi-Wen Yen


Inside: The Week In Sports

College Football

By Mark Beech

Stewart Mandel's Two-Minute Drill

By Stewart Mandel


By Jeffri Chadiha

Peter King's Corner

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast: Defense Decides Two Big Games

By Paul Zimmerman

Life of Reilly

An S.O.S. from The U.S.

By Rick Reilly


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Yankee Doodle Duds

'We're Number 3!'has become the rallying cry for fans of the red, white and blue. Why that might not be such a bad thing

By L. Jon Wertheim

Hanging Tough

Facing prison, the Game of Shadows authors take a First Amendment stand

By Michael Silver

For the Record

Blood Brothers

A week after five players were shot, Duquesne's basketball team finds a new unity

By David Epstein

Q&A Paul Hornung

The Pro Football Hall of Famer, 70, is the author of Lombardi and Me

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Connecticut's Blowout Rule

Faces in the Crowd