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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

GOLF PLUS

HAPPY HOUR

Half a world away and in the middle of the night, a team of freewheeling Americans handily won another Presidents Cup, but the big-picture takeaway was that in the scheme of global golf, the U.S. is simply another player. And that's not such a bad thing

By Michael Bamberger

REPORT CARDS

The grades are out: Here's how the 24 players and the two captains handled the heat and a diabolical Royal Melbourne

By Gary Van Sickle

WHAT THE KIDS THINK

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED asked the 132 teenagers—90 boys and 42 girls—playing in a recent American Junior Golf Association tournament for their opinions on Tiger Woods, favorite playing partners, politics, performance-enhancing drugs, the makeup of their bags and more

TEEING OFF

LOVE LETTER

Hey, Cap'n, when the Ryder Cup arrives you'll have two-time Prez Cup winner Fred Couples on board, right?

By Michael Bamberger

THINK BIG

By Brandel Chamblee

EDITOR'S LETTER

SPORT IN AMERICA

By Terry McDonell

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

TOTAL CONTROL

Don't fret about the Packers' porous defense. It's the points that count

By Jim Trotter

BUYER BEWARE

There were a number of Week 11 performances that looked impressive, but they aren't likely to be repeated and are better off ignored—except for the new guy in Detroit

By David Sabino

PETER KING'S THINGS I THINK

By Peter King

THE ROAD TO NEW ORLEANS

SLIDING SCALE

The mystifying decline of some of hockey's top offensive talents is just one takeaway from the NHL's early-season report card

By Michael Farber

PIERRE MCGUIRE'S IN THE CREASE

By Pierre McGuire

NAVY SEALING THE DEAL

Several programs turned to nontraditional—and some unintentional—activities to strengthen their bonds

By Dan Greene

SETH DAVIS'S THREE-POINTER

By Seth Davis

GROWTH INDUSTRY

By Tom Verducci

BUD MESSES WITH TEXAS

A new CBA furthers the commish's vision: The AL and NL are no longer leagues apart

By Joe Sheehan

TIM TEBOW

Tim Tebow's Wild Ride

Love him. Doubt him. Praise him. Ridicule him. Gape in awe. As the last two months have shown, there are 300 million opinions of the Broncos' quarterback, and every one of them is right

By Alan Shipnuck

BUT CAN IT LAST?

The Broncos face hard questions in the coming months—including whether to draft a QB

By Peter King

MOTOR SPORTS

WHERE THERE'S SMOKE...

Seemingly out of the title hunt midseason, Tony Stewart caught fire in the Chase and capped a historic run with a head-to-head win over Carl Edwards at Homestead for his third Cup crown

By Lars Anderson

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BORDERING ON HATRED

Rivalry Week will once again deliver must-see matchups, but this year's Kansas-Missouri showdown is like no other: It may very well be the last

By Austin Murphy

GAMES OF THE WEEK

Here are the teams and the themes to follow this week

By Gene Menez

SOCCER

HOLLYWOOD ENDING

If this was indeed David Beckham's final game in MLS, he went out in style, carrying the Galaxy to a championship and affirming the value of star power in America

By Grant Wahl

SPORT IN AMERICA

In My Tribe

Our sports have become more and more about money and marketing. But to most of us they're still about the stories we tell one another, the transcendent moments that lift us—the very way we define ourselves

By Terry McDonell

POINT AFTER

THE JUST-US LEAGUE

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Masthead

LETTERS

IN THANKS OF TURKEYS

For the author and his late father, Thanksgiving was about the Lions and the gift of losing

By Taylor Plimpton

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

By Michael Bamberger

State of Shock

Ten years after an Oklahoma State plane crash, another flight disaster stuns Stillwater

By Kelli Anderson

Missteps at Every Turn

Efforts to clean up Penn State reveal how deep the institutional problems lie

By David Epstein

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick