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The Lineup

Sept. 26, 2005
Sept. 26, 2005

Table of Contents
Sept. 26, 2005

CATCHING UP WITH
SI Players: Life On And Off the Field
Pro Football
Baseball
College Football
Inside: The Week in Sports
Inside College Football
Inside The NFL
Departments

The Lineup

SEPTEMBER 26, 2005

This is an article from the Sept. 26, 2005 issue

VOLUME 103, NO. 12

The Lineup

Departments

6 Leading Off

16 Catching Up With ...

19 Letters

27 Air and Space

The WNBA Finals: a showcase for those who hold mommies dearest by Steve Rushin

30 Scorecard

• College football gets replay right

• Tempers flare as Chase begins

• No-frills NHL star retires

38 Faces in the Crowd

41 Players

90 The Life of Reilly

Ah, to be extravagantly wealthy, 38 years old and an NFL cheerleader by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

81 College Football

• Watch out for L.A.'s other team

• Wisconsin finds a power back

84 The NFL

• The education of a rookie QB

• Progress made in labor talks

PRO FOOTBALL

48 Turmoil? What Turmoil?

A relentless D and newly harmonious passing combo have the Eagles back on track

by Jeffri Chadiha

BASEBALL

56 Playing Tough

Embroiled in the National League wild-card race, the Phillies have a new swagger

by Tom Verducci

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

60 Seminole Moment

Florida State gave Boston College a rude welcome to the game's deepest conference

by Tim Layden

BOOK EXCERPT

64 Yao Ming

Two often-competing forces shaped him: his mother and Communist China

by Brook Larmer

Cover

PHOTOGRAPH BY

DAMIAN STROHMEYER

INSET PHOTOS: Greg Baker/AP (Yao);

George Widman/AP (Rollins)

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PHOTOCOURTESY OF LI ZHANGMING (INSET)PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYERPICK-ME-UP Florida State linebacker A.J. Nicholson celebrates returning an interception for a touchdown (page 60).