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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

EDITOR'S LETTER

WHY WE TALK ABOUT SPORTS

By Terry McDonell

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

PUSHING LUCK

The Stanford quarterback's subpar game against Oregon opened the Heisman door, but should it have?

By George Dohrmann

STEWART MANDEL'S EXTRA POINTS

By Stewart Mandel

GAMES OF THE WEEK

Here are the teams and the themes to follow this weekend

By Lars Anderson

THIRD TIME'S THE HARM

Manny Pacquiao got another close win over Juan Manuel Marquez—but the loser exposed some flaws in the Filipino superstar's game

By Chris Mannix

HOW 'BOUT THEM BENGALS?

A franchise QB surrounded by young playmakers, with high draft picks aplenty awaiting: Does Cincinnati remind you of anyone?

By Damon Hack

PETER KING'S THINGS I THINK

By Peter King

SECOND STRING

With the weeks running down and the injuries piling up, a few guys who started the year buried on their team's depth chart have emerged as game-breakers

By David Sabino

TITLE FIGHT

Only one event remains in the Chase; here's how the two men left standing in the championship race stack up

CONTRACT KILLERS

HOCKEY AT A STANDSTILL

By Michael Farber

SPECIAL REPORT: SCANDAL. SHAME. A SEARCH FOR ANSWERS.

THIS IS PENN STATE

"HAD SANDUSKY NOT BEEN SO BRAZEN, HAD HE SIMPLY RESTRICTED HIMSELF TO THE FOOTBALL FACILITIES, THERE IS LITTLE TO SUGGEST HE WOULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT. FOR SANDUSKY—IF NOT FOR THE BOYS—PENN STATE FOOTBALL WAS A SAFE HAVEN."

By L. Jon Wertheim

A PLACE APART

SI senior writer Tom Verducci, Penn State class of '82, reflects on the values that have defined, and endangered, his alma mater

By Tom Verducci

A LEGACY IN TATTERS

Paterno's place in the record book is assured, but SI special contributor Jack McCallum says the dark final chapter ruined the story

By Jack McCallum

PRO FOOTBALL

THE THRILL IS BACK

Remember the 49ers? After eight dismal years, the former glamour team has been reborn—as a band of blue-collar misfits led by an intense new coach and a roster full of NFL castoffs

By Jim Trotter

PRO HOCKEY

GOODBYE TO THE SLAP SHOT

It was once the most thrilling—and for goalies the most menacing—play in the game. But in today's high-octane NHL, there's rarely enough time or space for the ballyhooed blast from the past

By Michael Farber

TRIBUTE

JOE FRAZIER 1944--2011

By Richard Hoffer

PRO BASKETBALL

HOW I SPENT MY LOCKOUT

J.J. Barea, the breakout star of the NBA Finals, wants to get back to work. Until he does, he'll be hanging out with his girlfriend— a former Miss Universe—on the tropical island where he's a hero

By Alexander Wolff

HEY SIXTEEN

LEXI THOMPSON

HAS A LOT ON HER MIND. THE YOUNGEST WINNER IN LPGA TOUR HISTORY HAS THE GAME, THE DRIVE AND THE CHARISMA TO BE THE NEXT MEGASTAR IN WOMEN'S GOLF. IF ONLY SHE COULD FIND A DATE TO THE PROM

By Alan Shipnuck

POINT AFTER

HE CAN STILL BE LIKE MIKE

By Phil Taylor

Departments

LETTERS

Masthead

JUST DON'T CALL HIM COACH

John Gagliardi has led his players to the most wins—and fun—in NCAA history

By Austin Murphy

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

The Rhodes Not Taken

By Pablo S. Torre

Not Safe at Home

The kidnapping of Wilson Ramos points up the dangers players face in Venezuela

By Melissa Segura

Live Aid

A move to (almost) real time spices up the World Series of Poker

By Mark Bechtel

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick