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32 BASEBALL

Gone Crazy

The Cardinals and the Red Sox brought the weird in the 109th Fall Classic

By Tom Verducci

40 | PRO FOOTBALL

Luke Kuechly

The Panthers' linebacker is no longer an excellent player on a bad team—he's an excellent player on a captivating sleeper

By Austin Murphy

46 | COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Oregon-Stanford

The schools couldn't be more different, yet together they have shifted power in the Pac-12 and made an annual impact on the BCS title hunt

By Austin Murphy

56 | LONGFORM

Jeff Lukas

Twenty years ago the son of fabled thoroughbred trainer D. Wayne Lukas stood in the path of a charging horse and lost everything. Or did he?

By Tim Layden

2 | SI Digital

4 | Leading Off

10 | The Mail

14 | Scorecard

26 | Faces in the Crowd

28 | Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Donovan McNabb ain't coming back

68 | Point After

Phil Taylor: An Alzheimer's victim finds peace in soccer

SI HAS REGIONAL COVERS THIS WEEK: GEORGE HOLLAND/CAL SPORT MEDIA/LANDOV (OREGON); AL TIELEMANS/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (WORLD SERIES)

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ROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (CARDINALS MASCOT)

CALLING CARD Foreign substances? Obstruction? The 2013 World Series has been downright cartoonish.

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JOHN W. MCDONOUGH/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (STANFORD)

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KIM KLEMENT/USA TODAY SPORTS (KUECHLY)

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V.J. LOVERO FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (JEFF LUKAS)