About This Week's Cover
In February 2012 a beloved football assistant faced down a killer in the midst of a school shooting. His courage that day saved lives and earned him the undying gratitude of his community. But while he and the town were changed forever, the culture of gun violence was not. Do you remember Chardon, Ohio? By Gary Smith.
This Week in SI
A sampling of some of the stories you'll find in this week's issue:
U.S. Open: Phil Michkelson's run of heartbreak continued at Merion, where a Brit showed his true grit down the stretch. By Alan Shipnuck.
Original Six: The Bruins and the Blackhawks hooked up for a series that -- with realignment -- might be the last chance for heritage franchises to meet for the title. By Michael Farber.
Alex Morgan: As the hottest American star, she's trying to help a new pro women's league succeed where two others have failed. By Grant Wahl.
History of the DH: Forty years ago the American League instituted a rule that increased scoring, pissed off purists and created generations of well-rested sluggers. By Steve Rushin.
Frank Hall: The football assistant faced every educator's nightmare: What to do when a student pulls out a gun and starts shooting? By Gary Smith.
MORE FROM SI.COM
The NBA champion will be crowned this week -- through five games the Spurs had a 3-2 edge over the Heat and were on the brink of the title -- but the questions won't end when the Finals do. Is this the last run for San Antonio's aging trio of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker? What about Dwyane Wade and the rest of Miami's Big Three -- will King James and his court be broken up? Go to SI.com/nba for complete coverage and analysis of the conclusion of the Finals... and, as soon as the trophy is awarded, the start of the NBA off-season frenzy.
Backin' It Up
The Bruins and the Blackhawks have been throwing their weight around in the quest for Lord Stanley's Cup. Go to SI.com/photo for a gallery of the best shots from the Stanley Cup Finals.
Former Saints Safety Steve Gleason On Life With ALS
The question of whether I'd still play football if I had to redo it is a popular one for journalists, but for me it involves far too many hypothetical scenarios to answer. It's possible I'd still get ALS, even if I hadn't played. Would I give up my wife or son? Because, in some sense, football brought me to them. Also, tell me what my life would look like had I not played football. The simple answer is this: Right now, I'm happy. My life is not easy, but it's awesome. Read more from Gleason here.