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October 16, 2006 | Volume 105, Issue 15

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Antonio Wardlow Cover - Sports Illustrated October 16, 2006

October 16, 2006
A Man Apart

October 16, 2006 | Steve Rushin
VINCITE GEMINI sounds like a name on a faded baseball card—a battery mate of Vicente Romo?—but it's a Latin phrase bannered above the entrance to St. Olaf's, a Minneapolis church whose divine...

October 16, 2006
Can the Boss be shocked the season ended in 'sad failure'? For Yankees fans and haters alike, a traipse through the bad karma could be cathartic

October 16, 2006 | David Epstein
Just four months after brain surgery, a Duke soccer player returns to the pitch

October 16, 2006
Died Of a heart attack at age 64, former Australian Olympic sprinter Peter Norman (above, left), who shared the medal stand with Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos (right) when the U.S. runners...

October 16, 2006
The NBA has unveiled a new game ball with a microfiber outer shell that will replace the leather balls in use since 1946. Synthetic rocks are supposed to replicate the cowhide ones--but without...

October 16, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The Blue Jays' All-Star outfielder, 27, was a postseason analyst for ESPN's Baseball Tonight

October 16, 2006 | Adam Duerson
As part of a quest "to get things named after me," Stephen Colbert had fans of his show, The Colbert Report, bombard the Saginaw (Mich.) Spirit with e-mails suggesting that the Ontario Hockey...

October 16, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

October 16, 2006
Jay Williams

October 16, 2006
Sean Kelley

October 16, 2006 | As told to Michael Silver
Bengals Wide Receiver

October 16, 2006
Who's Hot Philip Rivers The future is bright. Rivers, 24, cut loose to complete 24 of 37 passes, rally past the Steelers and move to 3--1 in his first season as the Chargers' starting QB....

October 16, 2006
Cardinals Leftfielder

October 16, 2006 | Ben Reiter
True tales from the similarly named

October 16, 2006
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

October 16, 2006 | Ben Reiter
Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor credits his success to hare-raising workouts and the man who devised them

October 16, 2006 | Andrew Lawrence
Where populations are low, small-scale football is big

October 16, 2006 | Kevin Armstrong
Deaf students find bowling lets them compete on equal terms

October 16, 2006 | Bill Syken
Football coach is suspended for running up the score

October 16, 2006 | TOM VERDUCCI
The young Tigers pitchers dominated the Yankees with 100-mph heat, and the A's power arms polished off the Twins. Now they are squaring off in a most unexpected ALCS showdown

October 16, 2006 | Joe Sheehan
At bat and on the mound the Tigers and the A's have many similarities, but a tight series will turn on plate discipline

October 16, 2006 | Michael Farber
Just as suddenly as they nearly squandered a huge lead in the season's final weeks, the Cardinals turned things around in the NLDS. But they'll have to beat the Mets to impress their fans

October 16, 2006 | Nate Silver
Chris Carpenter gives the Cards' rotation an edge, but will it be enough to stop the hard-hitting Mets and their rested bullpen?

October 16, 2006 | GRANT WAHL
They said Jay DeMerit, a kid from Green Bay, didn't have what it takes to play professional soccer in America. So he went to England. England? Yes, and now he's a bloomin' favorite

October 16, 2006 | TIM LAYDEN
On a Chicago Bears team known for bruising defense, the emergence of quarterback Rex Grossman may be the final piece in their Super Bowl puzzle

October 16, 2006 | Phil Taylor
With six teams in the Top 25 and more speed and NFL prospects than anyone else, the SEC is the best, toughest, wildest conference in the land. But can any of its members survive to reach the...

October 16, 2006 | Phil Taylor
See SI.com's midseason All-America team, a photo gallery of first-half surprises and predictions on the rest of the year at SI.com/collegefootball.

October 16, 2006 | AUSTIN MURPHY
A tandem of tailbacks helped Arkansas upset No. 2 Auburn and take control of the SEC West

October 16, 2006 | Phil Taylor
Heisman Hype

October 16, 2006
Same Old Storii With his team losing 4--2 in the sixth inning last Friday, Twins centerfielder Torii Hunter was tagged out by A's catcher Jason Kendall in Game 3 of their AL Divisional Series in...

October 16, 2006 | STEWART MANDEL
Sizing up the first half of the 2006 season

October 16, 2006
The NFL Despite losing his first start, Matt Leinart looks like a pro • Reggie Bush to the rescue in New Orleans • Dr. Z's Forecast: Rams tough

October 16, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
Winging It

October 16, 2006 | Michael Silver
The outbursts were sudden and seemingly difficult to contain, not unlike Reggie Bush with a football in his hand. For the first few weeks of his NFL career the Heisman Trophy--winning Saints...

October 16, 2006 | Peter King
HOT READ

October 16, 2006 | Jeffri Chadiha
Giants outside linebacker LaVar Arrington stood out for the first time this season, when he batted a third-quarter pass from Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell in New York's 19--3 win on Sunday....

October 16, 2006 | Paul Zimmerman
SEATTLE WAS handed the NFC West title before the season began. Defending NFC champs and all that. Maybe Arizona would make it interesting with all those big names on offense, but that notion...

October 16, 2006 | Lars Anderson
Bump 'n' Done

October 16, 2006 | Lars Anderson
Last Friday at Talladega, Juan Pablo Montoya made the most anticipated NASCAR debut in years, and it was likely that no one's heart was beating faster than that of owner Chip Ganassi, who stood a...

October 16, 2006 | Rick Reilly
QUESTION: What has four wheels, four feet, two eyes and one horn?

October 16, 2006
DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

October 16, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK GENE MENEZ

October 16, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
Read Peter King's 10 Fantasy Things I Think I Think and analysis from David Sabino at SI.com/fantasy.

October 16, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
Fast Start, Fast Finish? Early-season numbers may be a trap

October 16, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
With the season-ending playoffs (and frozen fields) in mind, it's time to start wheeling and dealing to bolster your roster. Here are the players you should lock in on--before your opponents do

October 16, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
MORE PLAYERS TO PURSUE 1 Vikings quarterback BRAD JOHNSON should thrive in Weeks 14 (Lions), 15 (Jets) and 16 (Packers).

October 16, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
PLAYERS TO AVOID FOR PLAYOFF TIME

October 16, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
Get the latest NFL news, plus ratings for all fantasy football positions and daily injury updates at SI.com/fantasy.

October 16, 2006 | DAVID SABINO
WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

October 16, 2006 | Michael Bamberger
Thirty-two years after the incident, Jack Nicklaus wonders if there's a blemish on his spotless career

October 16, 2006 | Jim Gorant
Davis Love brings it home in Carolina

October 16, 2006 | Tom Patri
WHO: Davis Love III

October 16, 2006 | DOTTIE PEPPER
NO MO AT THE CUP I've been home from Ireland for two weeks, and I believe now as I did at the time that the U.S. lost the Ryder Cup on the first four holes in every session. In the 28 matches...

October 16, 2006 | KEVIN COOK
Alas, that rite of autumn, the Tour's Fall Finish, is history

October 16, 2006 | AUSTIN MURPHY
At the First Annual Deepak Chopra/ World Business Academy/Golf In the Kingdom Invitational

October 16, 2006
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October 16, 2006
BASEBALL PLAYOFFS