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GOLF PLUS

AWARDS SHOW

WITH THE FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS IN THE BOOKS AND THE 2014 SEASON LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY, NOW'S THE PERFECT TIME TO HAND OUT THE TROPHIES FOR PERFORMANCES BOTH GOOD AND BAD

By Alan Shipnuck

SI.com

Digital

LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

The MMQB

LONE STARSTRUCK

THERE ARE MORE TEXAS-RAISED QUARTERBACKS PLAYING ON SUNDAY THAN THERE ARE BLOND ONES OR LEFTHANDED ONES OR ONES FROM CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, FLORIDA AND ILLINOIS COMBINED. SO, WHAT'S IN THE WATER, TEX?

By Andrew Perloff

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

THE WIRED

FOUR WEEKS AGO, SI HAD THE RARE CHANCE TO SIT IN THE COACHES' BOX AND PUT ON A HEADSET, LISTENING IN TO THE ADRENALINE-SOAKED, CAFFEINE-FUELED PATTER THAT MAKES COLLEGE FOOTBALL GO

By Pete Thamel

BASEBALL

THE HIRSUTE OF HAPPINESS

FOLIAGE SEASON CAME EARLY TO NEW ENGLAND IN A SPECTACULAR BLAZE OF UNEXPECTED GLORY. THIS IS A STORY ABOUT HOW FACIAL HAIR BROUGHT GREAT JOY TO THE HUB

By Steve Rushin

BOOKS

THE BEST DAY

IT'S GONE NOW, ONE OF THE FIERCEST RIVALRIES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL. A LOOK BACK AT A MISSOURI-KANSAS CLASSIC IS A REMINDER OF JUST HOW AWFUL A THING THAT IS

By Mark Godich

NHL PREVIEW 2013-14

HOW DO YOU BEAT THESE GUYS?

By Michael Farber

THE OLYMPIC QUANDARY

The Winter Games provide global exposure but no added revenue for the league. So how much longer will the NHL let its stars compete?

By Sarah Kwak

ART OF THE NEW DEAL

Even with a much lower cap number for the coming season, there were good bargains to be had, thanks to an amnesty provision

By Brian Cazeneuve

THE GREAT OUTDOORS QUESTION

After the lockout deprived the NHL of open-air hockey in 2013, the league scheduled six stadium games for 2013--14. But will it be too much?

By Brian Cazeneuve

WHAT REALIGNMENT MEANS

While the league's modest restructuring makes geographic sense, it's going to cost fans some traditional rivalries—but the NHL has a plan for that

By Sarah Kwak

POWER RANKINGS

By Brian Cazeneuve

POWER RANKINGS

By Brian Cazeneuve

METROPOLITAN

By Allan Muir

ATLANTIC

By Allan Muir

POWER RANKINGS

By Sarah Kwak

CENTRAL

By Allan Muir

PACIFIC

By Allan Muir

POINT AFTER

Making a Steeler Into Iron

By Phil Taylor

Departments

Lather, Rinse, Repeat

The Trent Richardson trade hurts Cleveland fans because they know that past performance does not ensure future success. For decades it has guaranteed failure

By Mark Bechtel

Shell Game

Arian Foster's revelation that he accepted—gasp!—illegal tacos is the latest chapter in the pay-for-play debate

By Michael Rosenberg

The Waterboy

Thanks to some creative workouts on land, Kai Lenny can do it all in the sea

By Cameron Langford

Playlist Shuffle

HOT | NOT

Fantasy Roundup

Turning last week's box scores into this week's waiver-wire magic

By Michael Beller

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Long Time Coming

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

The Case for ... Ken Norton 1943--2013

By Richard O'Brien