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October 31, 2011 Table Of Contents

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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

BLUE STATEMENT

Another late rally showed that Tim Tebow might make it as an NFL starter after all

By Jim Trotter

CHAIN REACTION

No man is an island—sorry, cornerbacks—and this week's suggested pickups show how one guy's play can affect the prospects of another

By David Sabino

PETER KING'S THINGS I THINK

By Peter King

REWRITING HISTORY

With one wild catch, a converted QB secured a spot in Michigan State lore—and put the Spartans in prime position in the Big Ten

By Andy Staples

STEWART MANDEL'S EXTRA POINTS

By Stewart Mandel

SUPER SAVER

By backstopping the Capitals to a perfect start, the unbeatable Tomas Vokoun has been the best pickup of the new season

By Michael Farber

PIERRE MCGUIRE'S IN THE CREASE

By Pierre McGuire

WORLD SERIES

LONG, STRANGE TRIP

Forget all you thought you knew about October baseball: The only predictable thing about this year's postseason was its unpredictability. Texas and St. Louis capped it with the best kind of World Series, one that was lengthy, competitive and—for a certain incandescent Cardinals slugger—historic

By Tom Verducci

MEN ON THE MOVE

By Ben Reiter

PRO FOOTBALL

PILE ON THE CHARGERS

Each year San Diego has the look of a Super Bowl contender, only to face an East Coast team and get whacked. Until the Bolts prove it on the field, they'll fight their rep as talented but too soft

By Damon Hack

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

REBORN IN DEATH VALLEY

Behind a spirited coach, a pace-pushing offensive coordinator and some breathtaking new playmakers, Clemson is winning like it's 1981

By Michael Bamberger

CARDINAL VIRTUES

Stanford is more than just Andrew Luck—it can run the ball too—and has the BCS in its sights

By Kelli Anderson

GAMES OF THE WEEK

Here are the teams and the themes to follow this weekend

By Cory McCartney

SOCCER

BECKHAM'S LAST STAND

In the fifth and final year of his MLS contract, he's back at the top of his game at last. Now, as the 2011 playoffs begin, he and the Galaxy look to stamp his American experiment a success by winning a championship

By Grant Wahl

JAMARCUS RUSSELL

THE MAN WHO ISN'T THERE

The No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft should be out on the field commanding an NFL team this Sunday. JaMarcus Russell, though, is home in Mobile, absorbing shots to his character and resting on what's left of his $39 million. The most maligned figure in football tells his side

By L. Jon Wertheim

POINT AFTER

WHERE'S THE BOO IN BOOSTER?

By Phil Taylor

Departments

LETTERS

UP AGAINST THE WALL

Racing will never be 100% safe, but steps must be taken now to save lives

By Lars Anderson

THE STRIKE ZONE

Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool

FOR THE RECORD

The Jaw of Life

With NFL hot seats heating up, an old Steelers savior stands out as the most likely to succeed

By Peter King

Out of Africa

A new hoops documentary follows the bouncing ball from Senegal to stardom

By Pablo S. Torre

Bid Hub Fans Enough

The Red Sox' collapse is history, but Boston still wallows in the blame game

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Out-Foxed

Could a TV power shift hurt American soccer?

By Grant Wahl

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick