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October 04, 2010 | Volume 113, Issue 14

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Boise State Cover - Sports Illustrated October 04, 2010

October 04, 2010 | TERRY MCDONELL
You miss 100% of the shots you never take.

October 04, 2010
The excerpt from The Wave (Sept. 13) provided an exhilarating reading experience. Even though I've never surfed, Susan Casey's descriptions transported me into the belly of a 100-foot beast. You...

October 04, 2010 | JIM GORANT
Michael Vick's promotion with the Eagles could be a new day for dogs, dog lovers—and himself

October 04, 2010
Who's Hot

October 04, 2010
A quick glimpse, sorted for your convenience, at what to watch for—and watch out for—on television, in movie theaters, in bookstores and elsewhere in the coming months:

October 04, 2010 | Jack McCallum
A coaching legend is celebrated as much for his whimsy as his wins

October 04, 2010 | Jack McCallum
A South Bend sports radio host last week suggested that the heart attack suffered by Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio after his team upset Notre Dame on Sept. 18 was God's way of paying the...

October 04, 2010
Died

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October 04, 2010
Matt Bradley

October 04, 2010
An author's days among pro bettors yield rules to wager the NFL by

October 04, 2010 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

October 04, 2010 | Edited by ELIZABETH MCGARR
Thomas Maine

October 04, 2010 | PETER KING
Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli has a simple plan: Ace the draft, then watch the wins roll in

October 04, 2010 | PETER KING
Pats at Dolphins

October 04, 2010 | DAVID SABINO
In real life, the guy who does lots of things well but nothing great is undervalued. In fantasy, he shouldn't be

October 04, 2010 | DAVID SABINO
Passing Muster

October 04, 2010 | LARS ANDERSON
New QB Cameron Newton feels at home in Auburn's offense, making the Tigers a factor in a wide-open SEC

October 04, 2010 | LARS ANDERSON
To watch an interview with Gators safety Ahmad Black in advance of Saturday's showdown between No. 7 Florida and No. 1 Alabama, go to si.com/justaskin. For highlights of the interview, snap a...

October 04, 2010 | STEWART MANDEL
Top-ranked Alabama is showing some warts: mainly a nonexistent pass-rush. The Tide defense, which has just four sacks through four games, gave up 357 passing yards to Arkansas quarterback Ryan...

October 04, 2010 | JOE SHEEHAN
It bears repeating: Wins is an imperfect stat—which is why Felix Hernandez deserves the Cy Young

October 04, 2010 | JOE SHEEHAN
Awards Season

October 04, 2010 | Austin Murphy
Should this team from the Western Athletic Conference with the unimposing schedule and the blue turf play for the BCS national championship? It's only the hottest question in college football

October 04, 2010 | Austin Murphy
Here are seven games that will impact whether Boise State plays for the BCS championship

October 04, 2010 | Jim Trotter
Expected to struggle out of the gate in the absence of Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers are off to a shocking 3--0 start behind a resurgent defense and the contributions of some unlikely heroes

October 04, 2010 | DAMON HACK
Andy Reid's controversial QB move is looking like a stroke of genius

October 04, 2010 | Michael Bamberger
His fastball still hums, his competitiveness still burns. But Billy Wagner, one of the best closers the game has ever seen, insists this is his last season. No wonder the Braves' desperate chase...

October 04, 2010 | MICHAEL FARBER
It used to happen about once a decade: a callow defenseman making the toughest position in the game look easy. But no longer. Never in the league's history have so many blueliners been so good so...

October 04, 2010 | MICHAEL FARBER
Having wasted a shot at a championship last season, the Capitals—led by a hungry Alex Ovechkin—are ready to raise the Stanley Cup

October 04, 2010 | KOSTYA KENNEDY
EASTERN CONFERENCE:

October 04, 2010 | KOSTYA KENNEDY
Puck-moving blueliners Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek will make the Penguins one of the NHL's toughest teams to forecheck... . The Flyers have two young players ready to break out in forwards...

October 04, 2010 | MICHAEL FARBER
EASTERN CONFERENCE

October 04, 2010 | MICHAEL FARBER
The addition of forward Nathan Horton and the potential for hard-nosed winger Milan Lucic to bounce back from an injury-riddled season should make the Bruins one of the league's most physical...

October 04, 2010 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
EASTERN CONFERENCE

October 04, 2010 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
The Capitals have very few holes in their lineup, but coach Bruce Boudreau needs to do a better job maintaining the discipline and attention to detail of his team, a problem which manifested...

October 04, 2010 | SARAH KWAK
WESTERN CONFERENCE

October 04, 2010 | SARAH KWAK
The Red Wings have a great blend of veterans and younger players—including 23-year-old center Darren Helm—which should allow coach Mike Babcock to play the up-tempo style he prefers.... The...

October 04, 2010 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
WESTERN CONFERENCE

October 04, 2010 | BRIAN CAZENEUVE
The Canucks are deep at every position, especially after the addition of defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Keith Ballard.... The Avalanche's scoring sensation, center Matt Duchene, could struggle this...

October 04, 2010 | SARAH KWAK
WESTERN CONFERENCE PACIFIC

October 04, 2010 | SARAH KWAK
With the retirement of defenseman Rob Blake, and the return to Russia of goalie Evgeni Nabokov, the time is now for the Sharks' young defensemen to fulfill their potential, including 23-year-old...

October 04, 2010
Every SI Story ... Every SI Photo ... Ever SI.COM/VAULT

October 04, 2010
Breaking News | Real-time Scores | Daily Analysis

October 04, 2010 | SELENA ROBERTS
Behold the unsplintered glory of Tim Treebow. Outside Ballyhoo Grill, a popular hangout along University Avenue in Gainesville, Fla., customers are greeted by a seven-foot-high statue of Tim Tebow...

October 04, 2010
MY BAG

October 04, 2010 | KENNY PERRY
The senior circuit is calling, but I still want to win on the PGA Tour, too

October 04, 2010 | KENNY PERRY
SHOULD FEDEX CUP SCORING BE SIMPLIFIED?

October 04, 2010 | DOTTIE PEPPER
The last few weeks we've been inundated with Ryder Cup stories. There were rumored gag orders for one captain, media showdowns for the other, caddies left off flights, uniforms being debuted as if...

October 04, 2010 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Unfazed by the elements and a scoring system that would stump an accountant, ever-steady Jim Furyk tuned up for the Ryder Cup by winning the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup in one fell swoop,...

October 04, 2010 | Gary Van Sickle
Do you get the feeling that 2010 will go down as a transitional year on the PGA Tour, one during which we left the Tiger Woods era and entered a new phase, with new central characters? Yes,...