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September 14, 2009 Table Of Contents

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Rachel Reigns

By beating the colts (again) in a historic Woodward, Rachel Alexandra cemented her status as Horse of the Year

By Tim Layden

Alti 'tude

Poised, polished and just 19, Jozy Altidore looks set to reach heights unprecedented for an American

By Grant Wahl

Unfit to Serve

A cluster of top-seeded women succumbed to self-doubt and shaky mechanics during a volatile first week at the Open

By S.L. Price

New Heights

By Andrew Lawrence

Late, Late Shift

Buffalo became the third team to fire its offensive coordinator on the brink of the season. Can it work?

By Jim Trotter

Bear Attack

By Peter King

Market Watch

Who's up, who's down

By David Sabino


After a win at Wake, QB (and world-class hurdler) Robert Griffin has Baylor aiming for its first bowl bid in 15 years

By Mark Beech

Limping in Fast

Even nursing a fractured foot—injured playing Frisbee!—Carl Edwards is ready to kick it in gear for the Chase

By Lars Anderson


Uprising in Stillwater

After manhandling Georgia for its biggest opening win, then seeing Oklahoma and Sam Bradford get flattened by BYU, Oklahoma State is the team to beat in the Sooner State

By Albert Chen

Thirty-Minute Delay

New quarterback Greg McElroy and sophomore running back Mark Ingram needed two quarters to get the Alabama offense rolling over Virginia Tech

By Lars Anderson

The Kid's Got Game

The first true freshman to start a USC opener at quarterback, Matt Barkley was his usual unflappable self in a rout of San Jose State

By Austin Murphy

Don't Forget about Us

Showing it can play a little defense too, Boise State stifled high-powered Oregon and made an early BCS statement

By George Dohrmann


Touched By an Angel

Inspired by the memory of Nick Adenhart—and the remarkable recovery of his friend Jon Wilhite—L.A. has overcome a bleak start to seize control of the AL West

By Lee Jenkins

Point After

The Ride Of His Life

By Selena Roberts



Leagues Apart

The best way to rule the NL? Start signing AL players

By Joe Posnanski

Who's Hot Who's Not

Patriot Games

For New England's draft-loving coach, there's no time like the future

By Peter King

For the Record

Waiting for Ricky

Minnesota's prized draft pick from Spain decides to put off his NBA dreams

By Chris Mannix

Love Is a Battlefield

Exploring what can go wrong when you're too true to your team

By Sarah Kwak


What smart fans should do this week

John Legend

The R&B star and Ohio native is on tour this fall

As told to Sarah Kwak

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

The Vault

Things I Think I Think

SI's fearless NFL expert opines on all the latest news, buzz and inside information. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

By Peter King