OCTOBER 30, 2006
VOLUME 105, NO. 17
42 Unusual Events
As if this postseason hasn't been bizarre enough, a dirty little secret may have tarred a pitching gem
by Tom Verducci
48 Trojan War
USC is undefeated, but close calls and a lack of game-changing plays make an upcoming stretch look treacherous
by Phil Taylor
The Staal brothers grew up turning soil and skating. Now they' want to reap a collection of Stanley Cups
by Michael Farber
It's Good To Be Chad
The Bengals' receiver is proof that you can shoot your mouth off, goad opponents and still be well-liked in the NFL
by Karl Taro Greenfeld
8 Leading Off
19 Air and Space
On gridirons, in wrestling rings and even in batting cages, there's more naked to the eye
by Steve Rushin
Can Sweet Lou save the Cubs?
China's in gear for the Games
Mike Tyson returns to the ring
30 Faces in the Crowd
78 Life of Reilly
They got Bush's congratulations. Now the BALCO reporters could use his pardon
by Rick Reilly
71 College Football
The escape of the Irish
Wisconsin's Thunder Thighs
75 The NFL
The heart of the Broncos' D
Is a Miami QB's season over?
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42 WINNING CARDS With first baseman Albert Pujols at the ready, starter Anthony Reyes delivered a 7--2 victory over the Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series.
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75 AL THE BETTER Led by fiery middle linebacker Al Wilson, the Denver defense has given up an NFL-low 7.3 points per game.
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