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THE MAIL

THE MAIL

LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

By S.L. Price

SPECIAL REPORT

How You Go From Very Bad to Very Good Very Fast

By George Dohrmann

PAYMENTS, BONUSES, SHAM JOBS

By George Dohrmann

The MMQB

NEW ORLEANS GETS ITS SEAN PAYTON BACK ON

THE YEAR AFTER HAS FINALLY ARRIVED FOR THE SAINTS—THE YEAR AFTER THEIR COACH'S SEASONLONG SUSPENSION, THE YEAR AFTER A HISTORICALLY AWFUL PERFORMANCE ON DEFENSE, THE YEAR AFTER ITS CITY HOSTED A SUPER BOWL TO WHICH THE TEAM WAS NOT INVITED. SO FAR, THE HEREAFTER FEELS FANTASTIC

By Tim Layden

FANTASY ROUNDUP

By Eric Mack

JUNIOR JOHNSON

MOONSHINE WITH ... JUNIOR JOHNSON STOCK CAR LEGEND

THE MAN SI NAMED THE BEST DRIVER IN NASCAR HISTORY TALKS ABOUT PRISON, TOM WOLFE AND THE SECRET TO SOAP BOX DERBY—AND HE'S PLUMB HILARIOUS

By Mark Bechtel

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

TIPPING POINT

By Andy Staples

WIZARDS LIKE OZ

Wizards Like OZ

A WAVE OF SPELLBINDING YOUNG SHORTSTOPS IS RETURNING THE POSITION TO ITS ROOTS, MAKING RUN PREVENTION MORE VALUABLE THAN RUN PRODUCTION. THE STAR OF THIS MODERN GLOVE STORY? ANDRELTON SIMMONS, WHO'S ALREADY DRAWING COMPS WITH OZZIE SMITH—AND IS THE THINKING FAN'S MVP CANDIDATE

By Albert Chen

Opportunity Gap

The key to quantifying defensive performance? Measuring fielding the way hitting is

By Joe Sheehan

POINT AFTER

The Jason Collins Conundrum

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Keeping It Unreal

As a retired NFLer takes in the view from his couch, he finds that fantasy football looks a lot better than the fantasy of actual football

By Nate Jackson

Oh, the Places She'll Go

By Kelli Anderson

Good Johnny vs. Bad Johnny

Even after another highlight-reel stuffing week (426 yards, three passing TDs against Sam Houston State), Johnny Manziel remains a love-him or hate-him but impossible-to-ignore figure. As A&M's showdown with Alabama approaches (Sept. 14, 3:30 p.m.), try to match the opiner with his opinion.

HOT | NOT

Lunar Landscape

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

S.W.A.T.S. Busted

By David Epstein

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

The Case for ... Koji Uehara (Cy Young Candidate)

By Ben Reiter