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October 09, 2006 | Volume 105, Issue 14

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Babe Ruth Cover - Sports Illustrated October 09, 2006

October 09, 2006
Worth the Wait

October 09, 2006 | Steve Rushin
KICKING is the essence of life. From our first fetal act ("The baby's kicking!") to our final earthly verb ("He kicked the bucket"), it is so synonymous with vitality that we are said, between the...

October 09, 2006 | Jack McCallum
Why do fans see the NFL as the No Fault League but come down hard on other sports? SI's senior NBA writer has a theory

October 09, 2006 | Michael Bamberger
Even in retirement, golf's most noble figure was never far from the game

October 09, 2006
Sidelined Until at least next June, Mets ace Pedro Martinez, who was scheduled to undergo surgery on his right rotator cuff this week. On Sept. 27, Martinez, 34, was shelled for seven runs in 2...

October 09, 2006 | Tom Verducci
As several high-profile managers are let go, new faces emerge as potential replacements

October 09, 2006
No sport lends itself to historical conjecture like baseball. The what-ifs and might-have-beens are almost as much a part of our collective consciousness of the sport as the actual games. Among...

October 09, 2006
Janet McDougall began working at this magazine on July 31, 1963, when, she says, "most of the typewriters were still manual." She started as an ad production assistant, then in '70 moved to the...

October 09, 2006 | Melissa Segura
California makes college felons serve their time before getting playing time

October 09, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The actress (We Are Marshall) is the great-granddaughter of New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Steelers founder Art Rooney

October 09, 2006 | Adam Duerson
One website said that Uwe Boll's 2006 vampire thriller, BloodRayne, contained "ineptly staged action scenes, shoddy special effects, muddled storytelling, laughable dialogue and borderline...

October 09, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

October 09, 2006
Ben Malcolmson Air and Space, May 1

October 09, 2006
Lauren DeGirolamo

October 09, 2006 | As told to Rebecca Sun
YANKEES STARTER

October 09, 2006
WHO'S Hot

October 09, 2006
Which rookie will have the biggest impact this year?

October 09, 2006
For some people a pitching change is a laughing matter

October 09, 2006
Pirates Infielder

October 09, 2006
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

October 09, 2006 | Andrew Lawrence
From race to race, Brian Vickers can rely on all the comforts of home

October 09, 2006
The NBC drama series Friday Night Lights, debuting on Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT, follows a fictional high school football team in Texas. How realistic is the show? SI asked players, a coach and a...

October 09, 2006 | Lars Anderson
Mentored by some of the game's greatest coaches, Jeff Rutledge is now returning the favor at a Nashville high school

October 09, 2006 | Andrew Lawrence
This soccer star is happy to be alive and kicking

October 09, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
Who would you rather have? Mays or Clemente? Spahn or the Big Unit? Bench or Piazza? SI polled a 22-man panel of experts to fill its dream roster. The result is a work of art

October 09, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
Have a different roster in mind? Fill out a ballot for your alltime All-Star team at SI.com/baseball.

October 09, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
Neither player led his respective league in a Triple Crown category, but SI's MVP choices displayed their singular value in other ways

October 09, 2006 | MICHAEL SILVER
Dallas owner Jerry Jones expected a circus when he signed Terrell Owens--and he couldn't be happier that his Boys are once again center ring in the NFL

October 09, 2006 | MICHAEL SILVER
Read Michael Silver's Rollin' With ... on Wednesdays and Bring on the Weekend on Thursdays, at SI.com/nfl.

October 09, 2006 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Never mind whom they've beaten. Long-suffering Rutgers, Missouri and Wake Forest are undefeated, undaunted and unquestionably on the rise

October 09, 2006 | L. JON WERTHEIM
With his Shaqlike dimensions and fearsome features, Nikolay Valuev--history's tallest heavyweight champ--intimidates foes and titillates fans, but can Don King's colossus fight?

October 09, 2006
British Airways Liverpool striker Peter Crouch is known more for his height (6'7") than for his acrobatic play, but against the Turkish team Galatasaray in a UEFA Champions League match he took...

October 09, 2006 | George Dohrmann
A legend in the sports netherworld, chemist Patrick Arnold--inventor of THG--breaks his silence on his role in the BALCO scandal and hints of a future filled with scary science

October 09, 2006 | George Dohrmann
More from George Dohrmann on Patrick Arnold and the future of performance enhancement, at SI.com/more.

October 09, 2006
College Football Northern Illinois back running away with rushing title • QB John Beck, BYU get breakthrough win • Changing of the guard in the ACC?

October 09, 2006 | Austin Murphy
A Cut Above

October 09, 2006 | STEWART MANDEL
HOT TOPIC

October 09, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
Just in Time

October 09, 2006 | Peter King
HOT READ

October 09, 2006 | Paul Zimmerman
I NEVER like to watch football with people around me because of the distraction, but I needed something to break the pattern of my miserable handicapping season. So I called a few Chargers fans I...

October 09, 2006 | Rick Reilly
THEY SAY your life is not complete until you run with the bulls, dive the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks and climb El Capitan without a rope. But there is one death-defying feat that makes those look...

October 09, 2006
DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

October 09, 2006
ADAM DUERSON MATCHUP OF THE WEEK

October 09, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
How you handle overachieving players--as well as those who underperform--will decide your fantasy fate

October 09, 2006
Week Like the Matchup

October 09, 2006 | Franz Lidz
Poised to pass Jerry Rice in the record books, wideout David Ball is taking New Hampshire to new heights

October 09, 2006 | L. Jon Wertheim
Heath Shuler fizzled as a top Redskins draft pick. Now he wants to return to D.C. as a congressman

October 09, 2006 | Nancy Ramsey
A new documentary captures the grit, danger and passion in one of America's fastest-growing sports