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November 6, 2006 Table Of Contents

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Top Flops

Busts happen, even to good fantasy owners. Sometimes the offensive line can't block or a key teammate gets hurt. Sometimes a star player just tanks. Whatever the reason, busts can kill a fantasy team. Here are the eight biggest flops of this season, excluding those whose disappointingnumbers are due solely to injuries

By Gene Menez

Start 'Em


By David Sabino

Sit Em'


5 Minute Fantasy

By Adam Duerson

Air and Space

Sport Makes the Words Go Round

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field



As told to Elizabeth Newman

Who's Hot / Who's Not

The Questions with Steven Jackson

Rams Running Back

A Good, Slow Life

The Giants' Luke Petitgout has farmland roots

The Pop Culture Grid

Fast and Furious

In seven hell-bent minutes a day Edgerrin James steels his abs for a season's pounding

By Jeffri Chadiha

Private Enterprise

When private high schools court top athletes, public schools usually lose

By Kevin Armstrong

The Boy From Brazil

A New England soccer phenom contemplates a move home and a pro career

By Luis Fernando Llosa

The List

World Series

They're The Best (So Deal with It)

During the regular season, the Cardinals won plenty of acclaim for losing; then came October, when a cast of unlikely heroes helped dominate defenseless Detroit and silence, for good, the doubts about their postseason worthiness

By Tom Verducci

Fire Up the Hot Stove

With the fistfuls of cash that are likely to be thrown at free agents this winter, here are some potential money pits--and bargains

By Nate Silver, Baseball Prospectus

Pro Basketball

Red Auerbach 1917 - 2006

By Frank Deford

College Football

The Road To a Title

USC's loss to Oregon State blew the national championship door wide open. Here is SI's playoff map, drawn from the contenders' key remaining games

By Austin Murphy

Pro Football

Embarrassment Of Riches

Choosing wisely from his wide range of weapons, Peyton Manning picked apart the vaunted Denver defense as the7--0 Indianapolis Colts took command once more in the AFC

By Michael Silver

SI: Self Portrait

Michael Strahan

By Michael Strahan

David Stern

The World According to David Stern

By Jack McCallum


Inside: The Week In Sports

College Football

By Mark Beech


By Stewart Mandel


By Jeffri Chadiha

Peter King's Corner

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast: Patriots' Day

By Paul Zimmerman


By Michael Farber

Pierre McGuire's In the Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Life of Reilly

The Devil Went Down to Pittsburgh

By Rick Reilly


Having a Ball

Modern-day Cinderella Man Carlos Baldomir is going to find out soon if his glass slipper still fits

By Chris Mannix

Inside Cover Description

Leading Off

High-priced Import

Number 1 starters are in short supply, so one club will pay a hefty tab for Japanese ace Daisuke Matsuzaka

By Jon Heyman

Extra Mustard by Baseball Prospectus

By Nate Silver

Every Picture Tells a Story

Three new releases prove that the sports world is best viewed through the lens of a camera

By Charles Hirshberg

Back from Oblivion

Ted Nolan went from coach of the year to a nine-year exile; now he's returned to lead the Islanders

By Brian Cazeneuve


Dawg Day Afternoons

Browns games rarely give them much to cheer about, but the NFL's most faithful fans just can't stay away

By Mark Bechtel

Feeling Flush

Thanks to labor peace and record revenues, major league teams are swimming in cash and eager to spend

By Albert Chen

For the Record

Skater vs. Instigator

Q&A Bobby Cremins

The 59-year-old, who retired from Georgia Tech in 2000 after 19 seasons, is the new coach at the College of Charleston

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

SI Update

Faces in the Crowd