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September 24, 2012 | Volume 117, Issue 12

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Hardest Hits

September 24, 2012 | STEVE RUSHIN
Make no mistake, the half-millionth error in major league history is occasion for a meditation on human fallibility

September 24, 2012 | STEVE RUSHIN
To create the signature rude sound that accompanies a player's advancement to another level in the new mobile game Fart Cat, designers used a recording of the horn that blares every time the Blues...

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HOT: CAPITOL GAINS

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Which player would you most want as a mentor?

September 24, 2012 | Grant Wahl
Police blamed Liverpool fans for a deadly tragedy, but new findings say otherwise

September 24, 2012 | Luke Winn
The tie-dyed saga of the Lithuanian Olympic team is the focus of a compelling documentary

September 24, 2012 | Luke Winn
"I'm particularly proud of anything that the House and Senate agree on."

September 24, 2012 | Austin Murphy
Tyler Hamilton shines a revealing light on cycling's drug era

September 24, 2012
SI.COM'S TWITTER 100

September 24, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
CHIOMA UBOGAGU

September 24, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
New Zealand shot-putter Valerie Adams (right) has yet to receive the gold medal she won at the London Olympics following the DQ of first-place finisher Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus for a failed...

September 24, 2012 | MARK BEECH
Most San Diego fans know Jerry Coleman as the broadcaster for the Padres. But the ex—Yankees infielder is also the only big leaguer to have seen combat in two wars: He flew 120 missions in World...

September 24, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
PIGSKIN PROGENY

September 24, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

September 24, 2012 | JIM TROTTER
Greg Roman, San Francisco's mad-scientist schemer, has reanimated the 49ers' offense with a scary array of bodies

September 24, 2012 | JIM TROTTER
OUT: KEVIN GILBRIDE

September 24, 2012 | PETER KING
1. I think that by the end of the season Houston's J.J. Watt will be the best 3--4 end in the NFL. He's only 23. After two games, his three sacks and five pass deflections lead all 3--4 ends.

September 24, 2012 | Ben Reiter
A substandard secondary and running attack, not to mention a rash of injuries, have the Giants pass-happy. Some see that as a bad thing—cough, TomCoughlin—but it's hard to argue with the results

September 24, 2012 | DAVID SABINO
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

September 24, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
World Cup qualifying wasn't supposed to be this hard—or look this ugly. After a Jamaican scare, it's time to evaluate the man in charge

September 24, 2012 | GRANT WAHL
The expansion of soccer broadcasts available on U.S. television continued with the launch last month of beIN Sport USA. The Miami-based channel, owned by Qatar-based Al Jazeera, outbid competition...

September 24, 2012 | CHRIS MANNIX
The landscape between 160 and 168 pounds is crowded with hungry, exciting and talented fighters. Here's a look at the roster and some potential matchups

September 24, 2012 | ED FENG
Which unbeaten teams, three weeks into the season, are likeliest to take a tumble? To get an idea, take a deeper look at the most telling number: yards per play

September 24, 2012 | ED FENG
• After the ACC added Notre Dame for all sports except football and men's hockey last week, commissioner John Swofford said, "There is no need to add a 16th team to the league and there's no...

September 24, 2012 | ED FENG
Matt Barkley put a big dent in his Heisman chances as well as his team's title hopes with last week's loss to Stanford, but at least he's not Arkansas's Tyler Wilson, who sat out the Hog's 52--0...

September 24, 2012 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
To fully appreciate what Jim Calhoun pulled off during 26 seasons as coach at Connecticut, it's worth pondering the wasteland that was elite college basketball in New England during most of the...

September 24, 2012 | Tim Layden
In its many forms, it is the most critical component in every sport and what separates the historically great from the merely good. JUST DON'T BLINK

September 24, 2012 | Albert Chen
THE RUNNING GAME, FORGOTTEN IN THE POWERBALL ERA, IS COOL AGAIN—AND A KEY WEAPON IN THE HUNT FOR OCTOBER

September 24, 2012 | Albert Chen
The general decline in home runs across the majors since 2002 has been mirrored by a rise in the stolen-base rate.

September 24, 2012 | Albert Chen
The major-league-wide stolen base success rate has risen steadily over the last three decades.

September 24, 2012 | Albert Chen
Albert Chen looks at specialists (like Yankees lefty Boone Logan) who could impact the pennant races at SI.com/mlb

September 24, 2012 | Lee Jenkins
HE'S NOT A RUNNING BACK, A RECEIVER OR EVEN A STARTER. OREGON'S DE'ANTHONY (DAT) THOMAS IS SIMPLY A TOUCHDOWN WAITING TO HAPPEN

September 24, 2012 | Lee Jenkins
Are Thomas and the Ducks now the Pac-12 favorites? Stewart Mandel's Mailbag answers the game's biggest questions. SI.com/cfb

September 24, 2012 | DAVID EPSTEIN
HOW DO THE FASTEST MEN ON THE FIELD COMPARE TO THE FASTEST MAN IN THE WORLD?

September 24, 2012 | Andy Staples
How do the six major conferences rank by speed? To compile these charts, SI used all applicable 40 times from the NFL combine over the past five years (1,153 players). The mean averages could...

September 24, 2012 | Lars Anderson
WITH NASCAR'S POSTSEASON AT FULL THROTTLE, THE 12 CUP CONTENDERS ARE CALLING ON EVERY RESOURCE FOR THAT EXTRA MILE PER HOUR

September 24, 2012 | Lars Anderson
A RAPID ROUNDUP OF SOME REVEALING STATS

September 24, 2012 | Lars Anderson
EVERYBODY'S GOT A HEAVY RIGHT FOOT, BUT IT'S WHAT GOES ON INSIDE THE HELMET THAT WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS

September 24, 2012 | Lars Anderson
Brad Keselowski (above) got the win in the opening race of the Chase. Will he top Dustin Long's Power Rankings? Check SI.com/Racing

September 24, 2012 | Lars Anderson
THE CHIEF MAKES THE PLAN; THE CREW HAS SECONDS TO EXECUTE IT

September 24, 2012 | Lars Anderson
MAN-HOURS=MPH: HERE'S ABOUT HOW MANY EMPLOYEES WORK IN KEY DEPARTMENTS OF HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS, NASCAR'S WINNINGEST ACTIVE ORGANIZATION, WHICH THIS YEAR HAS AN UNPRECEDENTED FOUR CARS IN THE CHASE

September 24, 2012 | Tim Layden
FIRST AT INDY, NOW IN GREEN BAY, CENTER JEFF SATURDAY HAS BEEN THE FULCRUM OF THE NO-HUDDLE OFFENSE, THE NFL'S MOST DYNAMIC ATTACKING SCHEME

September 24, 2012 | Tim Layden
Where does speed figure into the wins column? A five-year snapshot of teams' quick-strike abilities (the number of scoring drives they accomplished in fewer than four plays) suggests that better...

September 24, 2012 | Tim Layden
Chris Burke breaks down a Packers no-huddle drive from their Week 2 win over the Bears, at NFL.SI.com

September 24, 2012 | MATT GAGNE
THE HUDDLE IS FADING FAST AS MORE TEAMS PUSH A BREAKNECK PACE TO KEEP DEFENSES OFF-BALANCE

September 24, 2012 | MATT GAGNE
RAW SPEED —it's why in August the Patriots signed Jeff Demps, who won Olympic silver in London in the 4 × 100 relay, and why three teams tried out 100-meter record holder...

September 24, 2012 | PETER KING
HE DIDN'T HAVE AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL, BUT THE GIANTS' HOMER JONES WAS THE EQUAL OF ANY BURNER IN NFL HISTORY—INCLUDING BOB HAYES

September 24, 2012 | PHIL TAYLOR
Speed it up. Make it snappy. Everything in our games today has to be quickquickquick. Football? Go to the no-huddle offense. Basketball? Shoot it in seven seconds or less. Baseball? Stay in the...

September 24, 2012 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Antonio and Maria Valente came from Portugal to New England in the 1960s to start a new life. The couple, their children and other relatives found a home at Titleist

September 24, 2012
FOR THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

September 24, 2012
LONG AND STRONG

September 24, 2012 | Michael Bamberger
Where is the hype for the game's greatest rivalry? Whom are you taking—Tiger or Rory—and would the powers that be dare to arrange a singles showdown? What makes Chicago such a great golf town? And...

September 24, 2012 | MICHAEL BREED
A rule change on long putters seems inevitable, but I don't expect the club to be banned

September 24, 2012 | MICHAEL BREED
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

September 24, 2012 | MICHAEL BREED
WHO WILL WIN THE RYDER CUP?

September 24, 2012 | BRANDEL CHAMBLEE
If you look at the most recent results of the Ryder Cup, the prospects are bleak for the U.S. to win at Medinah, but there are no clear explanations. The records of Tiger, Phil and Jim Furyk...