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EDITOR'S LETTER

The Toughest Question of All

By Terry McDonell

GOLF PLUS

Orange Juice

Oozing with talent but winless on the PGA Tour, Rickie Fowler gave the game a huge jolt at the Wells Fargo by taking down fellow 23-year-old Rory McIlroy, setting up a Whiz Kid rivalry

By Damon Hack

SLOW BURN

By Dottie Pepper

Three for All

The new short course at Bandon Dunes may represent the game's hope for the future

By Bill Coore

LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Out of Whack

Will Albert Pujols hit again? Of course—but a massive slump has lowered expectations for his first year in Anaheim

By Tom Verducci

No More Mo?

Mariano Rivera's unparalleled career could be over

By Joe Sheehan

Changing Fortunes

Last year nothing went right for the Heat. This year, as its foes drop one by one, the odds appear to be increasingly in Miami's favor

By Ian Thomsen

Word to the Doctor

Thirty-nine one-goal games, 20 decided in OT, three Game 7s: Nobody captures the drama of NHL Spring quite like the erudite Mike Emrick

By Michael Farber

D'oh! Daddy

As she settles into her first full NASCAR season, Danica Patrick is trying to master a new car— and make new friends

By Lars Anderson

JUNIOR SEAU

WHY?

Junior Seau was a beloved figure in San Diego and one of the greatest linebackers the NFL has seen. His suicide at age 43 has left even those who knew him best stunned, confused and searching for answers.

By Jim Trotter

ALL MEN ARE MORTAL

Throughout Seau's career, writers—the author included—held him up as a superhero impervious to injury. Time to rethink our idol-making

By Peter King

UNCERTAIN CONNECTIONS

While brain trauma receives the most attention, the factors that may contribute to suicide among former players are manifold

By David Epstein

HORSE RACING

ANOTHER WAY TO WIN

An undervalued horse ridden by an unknown jockey roared to an unexpected victory and began pursuit of the elusive Triple Crown

By Tim Layden

BOXING

STILL PERFECT

Showing a brilliance that fans may never fully appreciate, Floyd Mayweather Jr. stayed unbeaten despite a furious challenge from Miguel Cotto

By Chris Mannix

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

THE RUSSIAN QUESTION

For better and worse, players from the former Soviet bloc have been the focus of playoff drama. Are they playing to type, or just playing hockey?

By Michael Farber

THE BRYANTS

WHERE DOES GREATNESS COME FROM?

You might assume that Kobe Bryant inherited his talent for basketball and his burning need to dominate from his father, former NBA and Italian league player Joe (Jellybean) Bryant. But Joe and Kobe are substantially different, and while the son got some gifts from his father, he got his fire from an unexpected source

By Chris Ballard

POINT AFTER

For Parents, A Junior Moment

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Sports Illustrated

Masthead

Glory Days

Imagine if someone wanted to write a book about the greatest—or worst—moment of your high school sports career

By Chris Ballard

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

Playing Catch-Up

The departure of the Big East commissioner is a sign of the times

By Stewart Mandel

Oh, Brother

A SPLASH OF COLOR

A new coffee-table book paints a vibrant portrait of one of surfing's original gear guys

By Austin Murphy

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

At Sea No More

A naval officer gets the nod to pursue his NFL dream

By Dan Greene

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick