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ANDREW LUCK

BEST OF LUCK

THE BALANCE OF QUARTERBACK POWER IS WEIGHTED HEAVILY TOWARD THE NFC (SEE LAST WEEK'S ISSUE), BUT THE FIELD GENERAL WHO WILL MAKE THE BIGGEST LEAP, THE TRUE HEIR TO BRADY AND MANNING, PLAYS IN THE AFC

By Andy Benoit

THE QB CODE

By Ben Baskin

QBS ON QBS

OUR BLUE-RIBBON PANEL OF HALL OF FAME QUARTERBACKS REVEALS THE PLAYERS THEY LOOKED UP TO, ADMIRED AS PEERS AND ULTIMATELY JUDGE AS THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME

BASEBALL

Protector of the House

Andrew McCutchen treats every pitch like it's an assault on all that he holds dear, from the Pirates' playoff chances to the parents who helped the perennial MVP candidate get this far. There's still one place to go, though: deep into October

By Albert Chen

Repeat After Me

Andrew McCutchen could join an elite club if he snags another MVP award, but he'll have to get past stiff competition

By Joe Sheehan

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

HOW STANFORD GOT ITS GROOVE BACK

The key players in the pivotal USC-Stanford showdown of 2007 recall how the game launched a rivalry, changed the Pac-12 and put the nerds from NorCal back in the football conversation

By Pete Thamel

TOMMY JOHN SURGERY

THE CUTTING EDGE

YOU CAN ARGUE THAT NO PITCHER'S NAME HAS BEEN INVOKED THIS YEAR MORE THAN THAT OF A CERTAIN LONG-RETIRED DODGERS AND YANKEES LEFTY. EVEN AS TOMMY JOHN SURGERY CONTINUES TO SAVE CAREERS, THE SEARCH GOES ON FOR A WAY TO KEEP ALL THOSE ELBOW LIGAMENTS FROM FRAYING IN THE FIRST PLACE

By Matt McCarthy

POINT AFTER

To Each His Owner

By Steve Rushin

Departments

SI.COM

Leading Off

Read Option

Forget the small-ball, good-writing rule. Football's cultural rise was abetted by a surprisingly rich literary canon

By John Schulian

Striking Back

NFL behavior and the implications of the league's new domestic abuse policy

By Tom Taylor

Jack Kraft 1921--2014

By Nelson Rice

What a Long Enraged Trip It's Been

Keith Olbermann returns to the mothership

HOT | NOT

Faces in the Crowd

Edited By Alexandra Fenwick

Rising CiCi

By Alexandra Fenwick

Just My Type

By Interview by Dan Patrick

A Flying Start

America's latest teen star, Simone Biles, has vaulted over past challenges to land gracefully on the international scene

By Brian Cazeneuve

The Case for ... Independence

By L. Jon Wertheim