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October 15, 2012 | Volume 117, Issue 15

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Deron Williams Cover - Sports Illustrated October 15, 2012

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I take issue with Joe Sheehan's belief that Mike Trout should win the American League MVP over Miguel Cabrera. Not only did Cabrera win the Triple Crown, a feat that has only been accomplished 11...

October 15, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
Fed up with players flagrantly flinging themselves to the floor, the NBA moves to pan such Razzie-worthy acting performances

October 15, 2012 | MICHAEL FARBER
The Dallas Cowboys opened a Victoria's Secret Pink store inside Cowboys Stadium.

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HOT: FINE CHINA

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Who is the most underrated player in the league?

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October 15, 2012 | Michael McCann
The lawsuit to compensate college athletes for their names and images gains momentum

October 15, 2012 | Chris Mannix
Featherweight Orlando Cruz's declaration that he is gay has drawn a largely positive response in his sport

October 15, 2012 | Chris Mannix
"Nope. They're still using human beings."

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Russia's president hit a landmark birthday, but when it comes to sports, he's still going like sixty

October 15, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
LEXI SMITH

October 15, 2012 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
After Ben Rouse, 25, a lifelong Brewers fan who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007 and is currently in remission, announced that he planned to attend all 162 of Milwaukee's games this year to...

October 15, 2012 | Loretta Hunt
In Here Comes the Boom (opening Friday), the former King of Queens plays a high school science teacher who takes it on the chin (and elsewhere) all the way to the Octagon to win enough in purses...

October 15, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
ELITE QUARTERBACK?

October 15, 2012 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

October 15, 2012 | JOE SHEEHAN
The Rangers built the foundation of a dynasty on the watch of Ron Washington, but his tactical deficiencies exposed him yet again in October

October 15, 2012 | LARS ANDERSON
America's ongoing population shift isn't just a factor in elections this fall—it's also playing a key role in the Big Ten's decline

October 15, 2012 | PETER KING
1 I think there's a simple reason the Rams are competitive for the first time in a decade: They went from having a bottom-five to a top-five cornerback tandem by acquiring free agent Cortland...

October 15, 2012 | DAVID SABINO
Desperate for a playmaker, any playmaker, to team with Brandon Weeden, the Browns turned on Sunday to their rookie receiver from Baylor. Gordon caught only two of the eight passes thrown in his...

October 15, 2012 | JIM TROTTER
In straight-arm destructiveness, it's hard to imagine many players topping LaDainian Tomlinson, whose most underrated weapon during 11 years with the Chargers and Jets was a lethal gloved hand...

October 15, 2012 | Albert Chen
FOR BASEBALL'S SMALL-MARKET OCTOBER PARTY CRASHERS, THE KEY TO GETTING TO THE POSTSEASON WAS GOING GLOBAL IN THE SEARCH FOR OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD TALENT

October 15, 2012 | Albert Chen
Get complete coverage of the MLB postseason, including previews and analysis of every game and postgame video reports from Tom Verducci, at SI.com/mlb

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PETER KING'S MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK

October 15, 2012 | Austin Murphy
HAILED AS THE GREATEST COLLEGE OFFENSE OF OUR TIME, THE SWAGGERING 2005 USC TROJANS WERE DESTINED TO PRODUCE A CROP OF NFL GREATS. FUNNY HOW THAT WORKED OUT

October 15, 2012 | Austin Murphy
USC's 2005 offense has had a few studs but more also-rans in the NFL

October 15, 2012 | Austin Murphy
The 2005 Trojans may have seemed loaded with NFL-ready talent, but other teams fared better when it came to producing quality pros. SI analyzed the first- through third-round draft picks from...

October 15, 2012 | Jim Trotter
THE SAN DIEGO QB'S NUMBERS PUT HIM AMONG THE GAME'S ELITE, BUT THESE DAYS THE STAT THAT MATTERS MOST IS W'S IN THE POSTSEASON

October 15, 2012 | Jim Trotter
Is Philip Rivers too prickly? Too tough to deal with? Jim Trotter looks deeper into the issue of temperament and image to get a better picture of Rivers from the people who know him best. Online...

October 15, 2012 | Jim Trotter
The QB draft of 2004—Eli, Rivers, Big Ben—is on pace to match the legendary boys of '83 in NFL playoff appearances

October 15, 2012 | Lars Anderson
NEBRASKA CASTOFF FRANK SOLICH HAS REBUILT ONCE-HAPLESS OHIO INTO AN UNBEATEN TEAM THAT'S POISED TO BECOME THE NEXT GREAT BCS BUSTER

October 15, 2012 | Lars Anderson
Frank Solich isn't the only former high-level BCS coach to find a new role on a less prominent stage. Five others are making the adjustment, with mixed results

October 15, 2012 | PETER KING
Once upon a time Mr. NFL (below in 1979) was a journalism student and a boogeying Bobcat

October 15, 2012 | RICK TELANDER
Four decades after he chronicled Brooklyn's vibrant street basketball scene, the author returns to the borough that spawned generations of schoolboy legends (not to mention legendary...

October 15, 2012 | RICK TELANDER
LENNY WILKENS

October 15, 2012 | BRANDON MCCARTHY
The best part of getting hit in the skull with a line drive—as I was while on the mound in Oakland on Sept. 5—and then having to undergo emergency surgery to relieve pressure in the brain is that...