6 Leading Off
16 Editor's Letter
It's time to reexamine the rules in sports
30 Faces in the Crowd
33 Just My Type
Clayton Kershaw on his pitching influences
BY DAN PATRICK
34 Inside ...
Why the Lions are 3--0
No D in Oklahoma State
The streaking Stewart
84 Point After
One man's quest to fulfill a boy's dream
BY PHIL TAYLOR
42 MLB PLAYOFF PREVIEW
The story of October baseball begins and ends with aces and closers, and Detroit has this year's best one-two punch
By Tom Verducci
46 MLB PLAYOFF PREVIEW
For Phillies Nation, every game has felt like October since Cliff Lee's return. Now a growing fan base wonders: Is it still O.K. to boo?
By Gary Smith
56 PRO FOOTBALL
Buffalo is 3--0 thanks to a Harvard-bred quarterback
By Ben Reiter
60 PRO HOCKEY
The NHL star believes alternative medicine has helped his recovery
By David Epstein and Michael Farber
64 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Behind a massive front five, the Badgers are playing classic ball
By Lars Anderson
THE HERO NO ONE KNEW
The mystery of Walter Payton deepened in his final years
BY JEFF PEARLMAN P. 70
"The next eight months would be the toughest of his superb career, sending him from darkened rooms and doctors' offices to an unlikely salvation at a community ice rink in suburban Atlanta.
—David Epstein and Michael Farber, on Penguins star Sidney Crosby (left)
This week SI has three covers: the Bills, Walter Payton and the Phillies.
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ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAMIAN STROHMEYER (BILLS); AL TIELEMANS (PHILLIES); JONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES (PAYTON)
ED ZURGA/GETTY IMAGES (VALVERDE)
MOTOWN ARTIST Jose Valverde has converted 49 straight save opportunities for the AL Central champion Tigers.
FRED VUICH (CROSBY)