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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

Living the High Life

He's the latest little man to make it big. But don't call Dustin Pedroia scrappy

By Joe Posnanski

WHO'S Hot WHO'S Not

For the Record

Remember the Titans

Two books reexamine football legends

By Stephen Cannella

He Ain't Heavy

He's my brother, the heavyweight champion

By Chris Mannix

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

SI, May 22, 1989 Update

By Mark Beech

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Lone Star Statement

Answering Oklahoma's every challenge, quarterback Colt McCoy led Texas to a memorable shootout victory at the Cotton Bowl—and lifted the Longhorns to the top spot in the rankings

By Austin Murphy

Take That, Tigers!

Considered to be a weak link, Oklahoma State's defense was the difference in a shocking upset of No. 3 Missouri

By Andrew Lawrence

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

Ready to Rummmble!

Forget Red Sox--Yankees: With its backdrop of violence, fearless front offices and flair for October theater, Red Sox--Rays has all the hallmarks of baseball's next epic rivalry

By Lee Jenkins

Throwdown, Philly Style

It didn't come without bumps (and a near brawl), but the Phillies' postseason prowess has been shrewdly orchestrated

By Albert Chen

PRO FOOTBALL

Gone With The Wins

Behind a punishing running game, a veteran defense and rookie quarterback Matt Ryan's poise and self-confidence, the Falcons have turned the page on their past and are rising again in the NFC South

By Jim Trotter

JAMAICAN SPRINTERS

BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME

After winning Jamaica's first Olympic gold medals in the 100 meters, sprinters Shelly-Ann Fraser and Usain Bolt returned to a party that is still jumping—from the slums of Kingston to the country roads in Trelawny

By S.L. Price

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

Big MAC Attack

With a seasoned offense clicking on all cylinders, undefeated Ball State is ranked in the Top 25 for the first time

By Ben Reiter

Stewart Mandel's Three-Point Stance

By Stewart Mandel

Fishy Business

The Dolphins have fooled many this season, but don't let yourself get hooked

By David Sabino

Reggie Redefined

It's time to appreciate Reggie Bush for what he is—a constant scoring threat—rather than bash him for what he isn't

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Pick of the Week

By Paul Zimmerman

"C" Minus

After costly gaffes in two straight postseasons, is Patrick Marleau the right man to captain the Sharks?

By Michael Farber

Pierre McGuire's In the Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Hard Feelings

While other drivers cried over bent metal from the race before, Jeff Burton calmly put himself in Cup contention

By Mark Beech

Point After

Digital Revolution

By Chris Ballard

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