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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

EDITOR'S LETTER

OLD FRIENDS

By Terry McDonell

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

JUST FOR KICKS

Fourth down at the 38? No problem. Try a field goal. These days it'll probably be good

By Jim Trotter

HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS

Beware the Titans and their dilemma at running back, but three other intriguing playmakers are showing signs of heating up as the season approaches the midway point

By David Sabino

MONEYBALL

The business of a one-versus-two showdown is rich with possibilities, as the Game of the Year between the Tigers and the Tide reveals

By Pablo S. Torre

BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS

During its meteoric rise, MMA has been called many things, but next week it becomes something new: prime time

By L. Jon Wertheim

HOT STOVE, COOL DEALS

By Joe Sheehan

AIMING FOR THE STARS

If Yani Tseng keeps winning like this, she will eclipse all the LPGA greats

By Mick Rouse

NEW RULES OF GOLF

By Jim Gorant

BANDS OF BROTHERS

The Plumlees are the latest—but not the only—basketball players who have shared the floor together for a D-I program

By Pablo S. Torre

SETH DAVIS'S: THREE-POINTER

By Seth Davis

UNLIMITED MILEAGE

Jimmie Johnson's record run of Cup titles may finally be coming to an end, but the future is bright for NASCAR's best driver

By Lars Anderson

SPECIAL REPORT

PAY FOR PLAY

The mission of our universities is to educate, but college sports is big business, and no one wants young athletes exploited.

By George Dohrmann

THE NEW TRAINING TABLE

From college dining halls to professional clubhouses, a new food consciousness is revolutionizing sports. It's not just about gaining or losing weight. It's about performance targets, wellness and recovery. Eating to win has become a lot more complicated—and athletes are healthier for it

By Alexander Wolff

RUNNING AWAY FROM GLUTEN

Eliminating this protein has given many athletes a substantial energy boost

By David Epstein

NFL MIDSEASON REPORT

All for one, one for all

Aaron Rodgers is the story of the fall, performing at a record-setting pace for a Packers team that looks even more formidable than it did in its Super Bowl season. But it takes two to complete a pass, and from Lambeau Field back to his high school in Northern California, Rodgers has had an uncanny connection with his receivers

By Tim Layden

PETER KING'S MIDSEASON ALL-PRO TEAM

Offense has ruled through the first half of 2011, but there have been commanding performances on defense as well

By Peter King

BANG! POW! POP! WHAM! TOUCHDOWN! AN EXPLOSION OF OFFENSE ACROSS THE LEAGUE

The passing numbers are way, way up. Is it the lockout? The weather? Or something more deep-rooted and lasting? SI assembled a think tank of experts—coaches, players, analysts—to probe for answers

By Peter King

10 QUESTIONS FOR THE SECOND HALF

A wild—and weird—eight weeks have left plenty of issues still to be settled

By Jim Trotter

FORECASTING THE FIELD

Some new teams look to sneak into the playoffs, but come February the faces will be awfully familiar

By Damon Hack

WORLD SERIES

GO CRAZY, BASEBALL, GO CRAZY

Beginning on the final night of the regular season, a sport unleashed upon its fans a surreal, unbroken, monthlong run of drama made all the sweeter because we never saw it—or the champion that would be crowned—coming

By Tom Verducci

AREA MAN WINS MVP

Thanks to David Freese, the Cardinals have a new October hero—and a world championship that has local flavor

By Albert Chen

HELLO? GOODBYE?

Enough celebrating, now it's decision time. Albert Pujols will get his millions, but his market is not limitless

By Joe Sheehan

BOXING

THE EVOLUTION OF MANNY PACQUIAO

As he prepares to face another fierce—and familiar—foe, the world's best fighter is still getting better. But marvel at him while you can, for the Manny who would be king has his eye on realms far beyond the ring

By Chris Mannix

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

WHAT WILL LES MILES DO NEXT?

LSU's grass-eating, trick-play-calling, word-mangling coach will have everyone in Bryant-Denny Stadium guessing as he leads his top-ranked Tigers against No. 2 Alabama in Saturday's megamatchup

By Austin Murphy

AND THE WINNER IS ...

Three keys—and three points—will determine the survivor of the showdown between LSU and Alabama

By Lars Anderson

GAMES OF THE WEEK

Here are the teams and the themes to follow this weekend

By Lars Anderson

PRO HOCKEY

HARD TIMES IN THE ENDANGERED ZONE

The deaths of three enforcers within four months renewed the debate over fighting, but being a one-trick goon no longer punches your ticket to the NHL

By Austin Murphy

FOOTBALL HISTORY

THE FORGOTTEN HERO

FOR FIVE DECADES WILLIAMS COLLEGE KEPT THE NUMBER 50 JERSEY PACKED AWAY IN A BOX, UNOFFICIALLY RETIRING IT EVEN THOUGH THE SCHOOL DID NOT RETIRE NUMBERS. NO ONE REMEMBERED WHO HAD LAST WORN IT OR WHY IT WAS NOT GIVEN OUT. UNTIL LAST YEAR

By Tim Layden

POINT AFTER

HAVE 'TUDE, WILL TRAVEL

By Phil Taylor

Departments

LETTERS

Masthead

HIGHER EDUCATION

The NBA lockout has given a lift to college basketball programs

By Kelli Anderson

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

Monte Carlo on the Hudson

A new deal brings F1 to New Jersey and gives the world's top racing circuit a prime U.S. presence

By Bryan Armen Graham

Made in the USA

Some Toronto fans aren't happy with the American look of Canada's Team

By Michael Farber

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick