48 Golden Boy, Pretty Boy
Can Saturday's showdown make the average fan care about the sport again?
by Richard Hoffer
54 Fast Company
How three red-hot shortstops in the NL East are redefining the position
by Ben Reiter
•After April: players who will rise or fall
66 Catch of a Lifetime?
By drafting Calvin Johnson, has Matt Millen finally gotten the Lions on track?
by Peter King
•Rating each team's selections
72 Renaissance Men
The Warriors' cast of castoffs had the best team on the brink of elimination
by Chris Ballard
THE HEROES OF BLUFFTON
After a bus crash killed five of their teammates, Bluffton University's ballplayers never lost their poise, their faith or their will to compete
by L. JON WERTHEIM
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10 Leading Off
18 From the Editor
• First Person: Brady Quinn
• Is NASCAR too good to be true?
• Remembering Josh Hancock
• Paul Byrd's wacky windup
• When home is not so sweet
• Curt Schilling's blog
42 Faces in the Crowd
92 Life of Reilly
Want a guided tour to excruciating boredom? Let Chris Berman take you into the NFL draft
by Rick Reilly
88 The NHL
• The pugnacious playoffs
• Thomas Vanek's rapid ascent
90 College Football
• Butch Davis rebuilds at UNC
• Prominent coaches in new places
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT BECK
INSET PHOTOS: David Bergman (Russell); Burton Andrews/Bluffton University (5)
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66 LION IN WAIT Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson toured the NFL offices last Friday before being selected No. 2 in the draft by Detroit.
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