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SPORTS AND THEECONOMY
What the DownturnMeans
With the financial crisis spreading, how will the average fan afford tickets tothe new, $1.6 billion Yankee Stadium? SI reporter Pablo S. Torre's essayincludes analysis from top economists and interviews with the holders of seasontickets. Also learn how the market instability will affect the NBA, the NHL,NASCAR, college football and high school sports.
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YOUR LINK TO SPORTS HISTORY
OCTOBER 12, 1970
SI writer GeorgePlimpton profiled defensive tackle Alex Karras, who at 35 led the Lions to a3--0 start.
AND WHAT of AlexKarras, the old rogue, the great Lion in the final years of his extraordinaryand tumultuous career? This year he turned up at training camp a surprisinglychanged figure. True, there were the usual preseason rumbles and observations.Karras is a man who speaks his mind and is frequently occupied without-of-the-way matters: He ran a golf tournament to benefit cystic fibrosis inFlint, Mich., last June, during which a cannon was shot off from time to timebehind the first tee to keep, as he put it, "the golfers on theirtoes"; there were his usual salary complaints; a few digs at commissionerPete Rozelle; a threat to give up football and retire in Iowa; an appearance ina weird TV commercial in which he picked up a small sports car and held itupside down to drain its gas tank into a bucket; and his admission on TheTonight Show of his boyhood terror of playing against older kids who had"hairy bodies."
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BIG SHOW Will Lowe (left) or Utley prevail?
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