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November 07, 2011 | Volume 115, Issue 18

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November 07, 2011
How is it possible to feel such nostalgia for a time that is so foreign to me? Reading about Jack Swift's love of baseball and his devotion to family during the post--World War II era while...

November 07, 2011
What was your shock-and-awe moment from NFL Week 8?

November 07, 2011 | AUSTIN MURPHY
LSU's grass-eating, trick-play-calling, word-mangling coach will have everyone in Bryant-Denny Stadium guessing as he leads his top-ranked Tigers against No. 2 Alabama in Saturday's megamatchup

November 07, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
Three keys—and three points—will determine the survivor of the showdown between LSU and Alabama

November 07, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
Here are the teams and the themes to follow this weekend

November 07, 2011 | AUSTIN MURPHY
The deaths of three enforcers within four months renewed the debate over fighting, but being a one-trick goon no longer punches your ticket to the NHL

November 07, 2011 | Tim Layden
FOR FIVE DECADES WILLIAMS COLLEGE KEPT THE NUMBER 50 JERSEY PACKED AWAY IN A BOX, UNOFFICIALLY RETIRING IT EVEN THOUGH THE SCHOOL DID NOT RETIRE NUMBERS. NO ONE REMEMBERED WHO HAD LAST WORN IT OR...

November 07, 2011 | TERRY McDONELL
"The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend."

November 07, 2011 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
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November 07, 2011 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
Grass-fed beef-shank osso buco, mixed whole grains, Swiss chard, edamame

November 07, 2011 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
IT'S ALL ABOUT TECHNIQUE

November 07, 2011 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
Garrett Weber-Gale cooks in the simple galley kitchen of his Austin town house, where an apron with the slogan TRAIN HARD/EAT RIGHT/SWIM FAST hangs over the sink. Baskets of fruits and vegetables...

November 07, 2011 | David Epstein
Eliminating this protein has given many athletes a substantial energy boost

November 07, 2011 | PHIL TAYLOR
Last week was quite a comedown for a pair of job-hunting former stars, Terrell Owens and Allen Iverson. Owens held a workout at a Los Angeles--area high school, but no NFL teams took him up on his...

November 07, 2011
Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

November 07, 2011 | KELLI ANDERSON
The NBA lockout has given a lift to college basketball programs

November 07, 2011 | KELLI ANDERSON
A study unveiled at a meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology last week showed that a steady diet of playing video games contributed to significant vision gains in 30% of participants who...

November 07, 2011
HOT: CAMMING IT UP

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Who has the funniest trash talk on the field?

November 07, 2011 | Bryan Armen Graham
A new deal brings F1 to New Jersey and gives the world's top racing circuit a prime U.S. presence

November 07, 2011 | Michael Farber
Some Toronto fans aren't happy with the American look of Canada's Team

November 07, 2011 | Michael Farber
"Notre Dame does not need a tummy tuck or a face-lift. All you need to do is comb your hair and win a championship."

November 07, 2011 | Michael Farber
The Play's The Thing

November 07, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
WALTER BUTLER

November 07, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Planking? Pitifully passé. It's Tebowing time. Inspired by the Broncos QB's penchant for kneeling in prayer "even if everyone else around [him] is doing something completely different" (per the...

November 07, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Long-Run Support

November 07, 2011 | DAN PATRICK
Kirk Cousins

November 07, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
Fourth down at the 38? No problem. Try a field goal. These days it'll probably be good

November 07, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
Once a rarity, the long field goal has become a real weapon. Kickers are on pace to make more 50-yarders this year than were even attempted 10 years ago

November 07, 2011 | DAVID SABINO
Beware the Titans and their dilemma at running back, but three other intriguing playmakers are showing signs of heating up as the season approaches the midway point

November 07, 2011 | PABLO S. TORRE
The business of a one-versus-two showdown is rich with possibilities, as the Game of the Year between the Tigers and the Tide reveals

November 07, 2011 | PABLO S. TORRE
To watch an interview with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, go to SI.com/justaskin or scan this tag with your smartphone.

November 07, 2011 | PABLO S. TORRE
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November 07, 2011 | L. JON WERTHEIM
During its meteoric rise, MMA has been called many things, but next week it becomes something new: prime time

November 07, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
What trades will happen this winter? No one knows—but these four should. Fans of these teams can thank us next October

November 07, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
Theo Epstein's departure from the Red Sox to become the Cubs' president of baseball operations was the genesis of a front-office exodus throughout the country: It created G.M. openings in Boston...

November 07, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
Every free-agent class features overlooked players who turn out to be significant bargains. Melky Cabrera, for example: Last winter he occupied the final spot on the Reiter 50—SI.com's annual...

November 07, 2011 | MICK ROUSE
If Yani Tseng keeps winning like this, she will eclipse all the LPGA greats

November 07, 2011 | Jim Gorant
Every four years golf's governing bodies, the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A, review the Rules of Golf and tweak them as deemed necessary. The latest iteration of the Rules came out...

November 07, 2011 | PABLO S. TORRE
The Plumlees are the latest—but not the only—basketball players who have shared the floor together for a D-I program

November 07, 2011 | SETH DAVIS
Louisville can withstand the loss of freshman forward Wayne Blackshear, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last week. The Cardinals had more injuries and fewer players last year and...

November 07, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
Jimmie Johnson's record run of Cup titles may finally be coming to an end, but the future is bright for NASCAR's best driver

November 07, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
THE RACE FOR 13TH

November 07, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
THREE FOR THREE

November 07, 2011 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
The mission of our universities is to educate, but college sports is big business, and no one wants young athletes exploited.

November 07, 2011 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
By significantly reducing the number of teams they field, athletic departments could save millions and afford to pay their athletes. Here's how it could work

November 07, 2011 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
It costs exponentially more to field a varsity team than it does a club, but the camaraderie and competition are similar—and in some ways club athletes are better off

November 07, 2011 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
Allowing athletes to receive as much money as they can get sounds like a good idea, but it would require significant oversight. And that's where it gets tricky

November 07, 2011 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
The popular proposals to spin off college football as a quasi minor league might help clean up the sport. But they can't make an end run around Title IX

November 07, 2011 | TIM LAYDEN
Aaron Rodgers is the story of the fall, performing at a record-setting pace for a Packers team that looks even more formidable than it did in its Super Bowl season. But it takes two to complete a...

November 07, 2011 | PETER KING
Offense has ruled through the first half of 2011, but there have been commanding performances on defense as well

November 07, 2011 | PETER KING
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

November 07, 2011 | PETER KING
The passing numbers are way, way up. Is it the lockout? The weather? Or something more deep-rooted and lasting? SI assembled a think tank of experts—coaches, players, analysts—to probe for answers

November 07, 2011 | PETER KING
The offensive explosion is immediately evident in the passing numbers of the game's top quarterbacks. Through eight weeks no less than three QBs—Drew Brees, Tom Brady (left)...

November 07, 2011 | PETER KING
One of the breakout stars of the 2011 season, Saints second-year tight end Jimmy Graham (left)—who played four years of basketball at Miami—became the second player at the...

November 07, 2011 | PETER KING
While overall sack totals haven't risen with the boom in the passing game, more dropbacks do provide more opportunities for the league's elite rushers. This season both DeMarcus Ware of the...

November 07, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
A wild—and weird—eight weeks have left plenty of issues still to be settled

November 07, 2011 | DAMON HACK
Some new teams look to sneak into the playoffs, but come February the faces will be awfully familiar

November 07, 2011 | TOM VERDUCCI
Beginning on the final night of the regular season, a sport unleashed upon its fans a surreal, unbroken, monthlong run of drama made all the sweeter because we never saw it—or the champion that...

November 07, 2011 | ALBERT CHEN
Thanks to David Freese, the Cardinals have a new October hero—and a world championship that has local flavor

November 07, 2011 | JOE SHEEHAN
Enough celebrating, now it's decision time. Albert Pujols will get his millions, but his market is not limitless

November 07, 2011 | CHRIS MANNIX
As he prepares to face another fierce—and familiar—foe, the world's best fighter is still getting better. But marvel at him while you can, for the Manny who would be king has his eye on realms far...

November 07, 2011 | CHRIS MANNIX
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November 07, 2011 | CHRIS MANNIX
Juan Manuel Marquez nearly beat Manny Pacquiao. Twice. Now 38, the great Mexican champion seeks his career-defining victory