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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

EDITOR'S LETTER

On Words Well-Chosen

By Terry McDonell

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

Back Pain

As running back production drops, the key is homing in on the great ones and lowering expectations for the rest

By David Sabino

Study Abroad

Looking for an entry point as the European soccer season kicks off? Start with SI's USMNT All-Overseas XI

By Grant Wahl

THE CASE FOR ... FELIX HERNANDEZ

By Joe Sheehan

MIKE TROUT

Kid Dynamite

Angels teammates, dazzled fans and shell-shocked pitchers already wonder where Mike Trout, all of 21, belongs in the discussion of the game's alltime greats. Front offices in baseball pose a more vexing question: How the hell did we miss this guy?

By Tom Verducci

PRO FOOTBALL

BLACK AND WHITE, AND GREEN ALL OVER

With referees locked out, inexperienced and unstudied replacements have turned the NFL preseason into a comedy of errors. But will anyone be laughing when the games start to count?

By Pablo S. Torre

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Just a National Football Powerhouse

Eastern Christian Academy has no field, no home uniforms, no listed phone number. It isn't even a school, just a national football powerhouse

By Lee Jenkins

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

PRESENT AT THE RE-CREATION

As Penn State coach Bill O'Brien begins a monumental rebuilding effort, he gave SI a behind-the-scenes look at how far his team has come—and how far it still has to go

By Andy Staples

PARALYMPICS 2012

The Marine And The Orphan

The stories of Rob Jones and Oksana Masters are remarkable, and if they also prove inspirational, that's fine with them. But they have another narrative they prefer, the one that has brought them together to the brink of Paralympic rowing gold

By Michael Rosenberg

POINT AFTER

Abbott and Costello Meet The Nats

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Masthead

The Show Is Over

The lights go down on the tired acts of the NFL's prima donna wide receivers

By Steve Rushin

HOT | NOT

Notes on a Scandal

An anticipated new biography dutifully tells Joe Paterno's story—but that's not enough

By Mark Beech

UGANDA BELIEVE!

Africa's first entry wins over the crowd in Williamsport

By Stephanie Apstein

FOR THE RECORD

Shaking the Pines

In an overdue decision, hallowed Augusta National opens its membership to women

By Alan Shipnuck

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Silly Season

NFL training camps are open, which means one thing: pranks

By Matt Gagne

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick