40 Touching 'Em All
Jim Leyland's Tigers have revved up Detroit and won over fans across thecountry in their run to the World Series
by Tom Verducci
•The Mets lean onCarlos Delgado
46 Party in New Orleans
Led by rookie coach Sean Payton and a host of new players, the Saints are 5--1and sitting pretty in the Crescent City
by Michael Silver
50 Hands Down
The nation's best receiver, without a doubt, is Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson,a rare blend of size, speed and athleticism
by Austin Murphy
Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony lead the league
by Chris Ballard
•Selling the NBAA timeline
A wave of young, quicksilver guards is changing the game by letting it fly
by Jack McCallum
80 5 MinuteGuide
Which players will have huge seasons, which coach will need a new job and whichteam might land the top prize come June (besides the championship)
by Ian Thomsen
The last four teams standing will be the Heat, Nets, Mavericks and Suns
8 Leading Off
21 Air andSpace
A tip of the hood to the sweatshirt, age 80 by Steve Rushin
An NBA drug user comes clean
Miami football reverts to form
Marching bands behaving badly
32 Faces in theCrowd
152 Life ofReilly
Caveat emptor: the Bob Huggins operating manual by Rick Reilly
141 The NFL
Cowher rights the Steelers
The D breaks down for D.C.
Cal rides a red-hot quarterback
A Big 12 title game preview?
148 The NHL
Eric Lindros is reenergized
PHOTOGRAPHS BY WALTER IOOSS JR.
INSET PHOTO:Darren Carroll (Chris Paul)
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BILL FRAKES (BREES)
46 BON TEMPS With Drew Brees hanging tough in the pocket, the Saints' surprising roll continued on Sunday with a 27--24 win over the Eagles.
WALTER IOOSS JR. (NBA COVERS)
SHOOTING THE TREY There are threeregional covers of the NBA's new holy trinity.
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141 GIANTS STRIDES Behind Tiki Barber, who rushed for 185 yards against the Falcons on Sunday, New York is Dr. Z's pick this Monday night, against the Cowboys.
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ROBERT BECK (PETERSON)
AL TIELEMANS (GRAY)