The future is bright. Rivers, 24, cut loose to complete 24 of 37 passes, rallypast the Steelers and move to 3--1 in his first season as the Chargers'starting QB. Said Rivers to San Diego's Union-Tribune, "I'm havingfun."
QB Brady Quinn (right) threw three TDs versus Stanford to stay in the hunt forthis year's Trophy (page 59); the Irish are honoring their seven Heismanwinners at home games; and how's this for face value--1956 winner PaulHornung's mug adorns tickets to Saturday's game with UCLA.
While former veep Al keeps getting buzz for his global warming film, AnInconvenient Truth (it was to debut in the United Arab Emirates this week), the49ers' former fumbler Frank (left) held on and ran for 134 yards on Sunday,upping his NFL-best total to 465 rushing yards.
Tennis great Graf surprised hubby Andre Agassi by spending $360,000 at hischarity auction for rackets he used to win his first pro match. Said Graf,"Those rackets are supposed to stay with us."
The end is nigh? Favre, 37 this week, fell to 0-3 at home and 1-4 overall inhis 15th season as Green Bay's starting QB. The icon's sloppy day against St.Louis ended when he fumbled. Said Favre, "I wonder sometimes what I'm doinghere."
Titans QB Vince Young has had his moments, but his 0-5 team is 30th in pointsscored and is fielding questions about face-stomping DT Albert Haynesworth. Onice the Predators' franchise goalie, Tomas Vokoun, undermined by shoddydefense, gave up 13 goals in two Nashville losses to open the season.
Virginia Senator George's latest troubles come from failing to report stockoptions; Chiefs DE Jared (left) was charged with his second DUI in five months.Other NFL Allens--Green Bay's Kenderick, Frisco's Larry, Miami's Jason andWill, and Tampa's Will--are a combined 3-14.
Soccer greats from L.A., who won the MLS Cup last year, will miss thepostseason for the first time in their 11 seasons. Said striker Landon Donovan,"We needed to play better; to want it more."
SI PLAYERS NFL POLL
Who is the best wide receiver in the NFL?
Terrell Owens, Cowboys ... 28%
Steve Smith, Panthers ...¬†23%
Marvin Harrison, Colts ...¬†20%
Chad Johnson, Bengals ...¬†13%
FAST FACTS The other players to get more than 1% werethe Raiders' Randy Moss (7.7%) and the Rams' Torry Holt (2.6%).... Owens hadthree catches for 45 yards against the Eagles on Sunday.... Fellow receiverschose Harrison first, giving him 30.3% of their votes.... Only 12.5% of QBspicked Owens, who has blasted his former QB teammates Jeff Garcia and DonovanMcNabb.... Smith and Johnson were juco teammates at Santa Monica (Calif.)College before moving on to Utah and Oregon State, respectively.
[ Based on a survey of 361 NFL players ] • For anexpanded version of the poll, go to SI.com/players.
ROBERT BECK (RIVERS); JOHN BIEVER (FAVRE, QUINN); KEVIN TERRELL/WIREIMAGE.COM (GORE); BARRY TAYLOR/WIREIMAGE.COM (ALLEN); DAMIAN STROHMEYER (OWENS); AL TIELEMANS (SMITH)