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The Lineup

Sept. 19, 2005
Sept. 19, 2005

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Sept. 19, 2005

Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Golf Plus
NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
Teeing Off: Views and Voices
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
After The Storm
NASCAR Championship Preview
Tennis
College Football
Baseball
Inside
Inside the NFL
Inside College Football
Departments

The Lineup

SEPTEMBER 19, 2005
VOLUME 103, NO. 11

This is an article from the Sept. 19, 2005 issue

Departments

4 Leading Off

14 Letters

19 Air and Space
Do one-dimensional teams always look good on paper? (And other imponderables)
by Steve Rushin

20 Scorecard
• The ever-compelling Barry Bonds
• Remembering a versatile voice
• Brother-sister field goal kickers

29 Faces in the Crowd

32 Players

130 The Life of Reilly
Want to be treated like mealworm excrement? Just do a turn as a U.S. Open ball person
by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

120 The NFL
• Schedule isn't kind to Patriots
• Steelers find a new rushing star

127 College Football
• Georgia Tech's maturing QB
• Look who's 2-0: Vanderbilt

AFTER THE STORM
94 Coming Through
• The New Orleans Saints won their opener in tribute to hurricane-battered Louisiana
by Michael Silver

• The LSU Tigers proved that home is where the heart is
by Kelli Anderson

TENNIS
106 The King of Queens
Roger Federer seized the U.S. Open title, but Andre Agassi owned the fans' hearts
by S.L. Price

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
110 Don't Mess with Texas
Following the lead of do-it-all quarterback Vince Young, the Longhorns beat Ohio State
by Austin Murphy

BASEBALL
114 Growing Threat
The Indians might look like fun-loving kids, but they're dead serious about the playoffs
by Albert Chen

NASCAR PREVIEW
SPECIAL REPORT
100 Cut to the Chase
Can points leader Tony Stewart bring it all home?
by Lars Anderson

Cover
PHOTOGRAPH BY BOB DONNAN/US PRESSWIRE
INSET PHOTOS: Darryl Webb/AP; David Bergman; Bob Martin; Chuck Solomon

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PHOTOJOHN H. REID IIIKID YOU NOT Grady Sizemore and the callow Indians are making a playoff run (page 114). PHOTOMICHAEL C. HERBERT (SAINTS INSET)PHOTOROBERT BECK (NASCAR INSET)