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October 17, 2011 | Volume 115, Issue 15

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Jimmie  Johnson Cover - Sports Illustrated October 17, 2011

October 17, 2011
Isn't it ironic that the Red Sox spent $161 million building a team around the concept of sabermetrics, yet G.M. Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona blame Boston's epic collapse not on...

October 17, 2011
After a few surprises and upsets in Week 5, which NFL team is reeling the most?

October 17, 2011
Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

October 17, 2011 | GRANT WAHL
Europe offers a minor solution to a major American problem

October 17, 2011 | GRANT WAHL
Angela Rypien, the daughter of former Washington Redskins quarterback and Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, is the starting quarterback for the Seattle Mist of the Lingerie Football League.

October 17, 2011
Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool

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In the MLB playoffs, celebratory team gestures. The Brewers busted out Beast Mode, the Rangers shook the Antlers (and the Claw), and the D-Backs charmed with the Snake. Here are some ideas for...

October 17, 2011
Who is the meanest player in football?

October 17, 2011 | David Epstein
After a new ruling scraps a controversial IOC doping ban, LaShawn Merritt looks to London

October 17, 2011 | Dan Greene
For one Patriot, the call to duty comes from an authority above even Bill Belichick

October 17, 2011 | Dan Greene
"We take the square footage between the rightfield line and centerfield and the square footage from leftfield to centerfield, divide that by pi and multiply it by bulls---, and then we pick the...

October 17, 2011
Mulling the comings and goings of LeBron and his ilk during an NBA stoppage

October 17, 2011 | DAN PATRICK
C.J. Wilson

October 17, 2011 | Matt Gagne
The thrill's the point in a Pamplona-style bull run held in Arizona

October 17, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
MATY MAUK KENTON, OHIO > FOOTBALL

October 17, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Hawaii last week became the first state—gnarly!—to recognize surfing as a high school sport. Now Aloha State teens can letter in hanging ten, joining their counterparts in these other locales with...

October 17, 2011 | JIM TROTTER
Can Donovan McNabb still lead a team? He's running out of time to prove it

October 17, 2011 | PETER KING
1. I think now we'll see what the Texans are made of. They threw away a game against the Raiders last week; lost their most valuable defensive player, pass rusher Mario Williams, for the season...

October 17, 2011 | David Sabino
With off weeks abounding in the NFL, managing a fantasy roster is as much about finding a one-week fix as a long-term points producer

October 17, 2011 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Led by its unheralded, unflappable sophomore quarterback, Washington has suddenly become a contender in the Pac-12

October 17, 2011 | STEWART MANDEL
Nebraska's comeback from a 27--6 deficit against Ohio State could give much-needed momentum to coach Bo Pelini, who's been losing the confidence of Cornhuskers fans. QB Taylor Martinez needs to...

October 17, 2011 | CHRIS MANNIX
Three teams' fortunes were greatly improved after the unexpected off-season signings of these big-impact big men

October 17, 2011 | SETH DAVIS
Let's be honest: A good old-fashioned coaching feud is great for the game. Last week's sniping between Louisville's Rick Pitino and Kentucky's John Calipari, whose claim that the Wildcats were the...

October 17, 2011 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
What did we learn from Tiger Woods's first start in eight weeks? Not much, except that the door's wide open for those who would be king

October 17, 2011 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
THE REAL NO. 1

October 17, 2011 | RICHARD HOFFER
The Raiders' patriarch did it his way for nearly five decades, running a renegade outfit that inspired loyalty and instilled fear, forever at war with his fellow owners. And yet, though he...

October 17, 2011 | JERRY JONES
For an NFL owner looking to make his mark, Al Davis was a mentor and a friend

October 17, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
NASCAR has its tightest Chase ever, but with a dominant victory at Kansas Speedway, Jimmie Johnson and the 48 team made it clear that they're again bringing the heat—and with six races remaining...

October 17, 2011 | ALBERT CHEN
A funny thing happened while the glamour teams on the coasts were making World Series plans: The postseason was hijacked by the game's middle class, of which one member is poised to become the...

October 17, 2011 | JOE LEMIRE
Nearly a decade after taking over the postseason as a rookie, Francisco Rodriguez is trying to set up another World Series run

October 17, 2011 | PABLO S. TORRE
Last year Dominique Whaley was serving footlong Italian subs. Now he's dishing out punishment as Oklahoma's top running back. One thing hasn't changed, however: He's still paying his own way

October 17, 2011 | PABLO S. TORRE
From Connecticut to Hawaii, players who started their careers as walk-ons—and in some cases still haven't received a scholarship—are now mainstays on their teams.

October 17, 2011 | GENE MENEZ
Here are the teams and themes to follow this weekend

October 17, 2011 | CHRIS BALLARD
SIX DECADES AGO A MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING WE'LL NEVER SEE AGAIN

October 17, 2011 | PHIL TAYLOR
When Albert Pujols complained about the late-afternoon starting time of Game 3 of the Cardinals' NL Division Series against the Phillies, he implied that the Cards had been relegated to battling...