Oct. 10, 2005
Oct. 10, 2005

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Oct. 10, 2005

SI Players: Life on and off the Field
SI Players: Life on and off The Field


OCTOBER 10, 2005
VOLUME 103, NO. 14

This is an article from the Oct. 10, 2005 issue



42 The Tide Has Turned
After a decade of struggles, Alabama is again rolling behind a strong-armed quarterback who wears number 12. Florida found that out the hard way
by Mark Beech

• Led by three sensational freshmen, Penn State is ready for Ohio State


48 Who's the Man?
Is it Papi or A-Rod? The American League MVP race, like the AL East battle, was a photo finish
by Tom Verducci

52 Baseball Awards

With Barry Bonds out of the picture, Albert Pujols finally gets his due
by Tom Verducci


58 The Best of Carson
The Bengals' Carson Palmer is the NFL's hottest young quarterback
by Jeffri Chadiha


62 Pride and Punishment
Diego Corrales went through hell to beat José Luis Castillo--now the rematch
by L. Jon Wertheim

The Homecoming
Doug Flutie is back in the Boston area to finish his career and fully take on the challenge of raising his autistic son
by Karl Taro Greenfeld


6 Leading Off

15 Letters

19 Air and Space
Here's to the dawn of the Wie generation
by Steve Rushin

20 Scorecard
• How beermen deliver the goods
• Eddy Curry's heart: a test case

31 Faces in the Crowd

33 Players

82 The Life of Reilly
To the kids go the foul balls, and other new rules
by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

76 College Football
• True freshmen making an impact
• Texas can't lose to OU, can it?

78 The NFL
• The Chargers' hard road ahead
• No bite in the Jaguars' offense

81 Boxing
• Roy Jones Jr.'s act has gotten old


• Throwing for 369 yards on Sunday despite a sports hernia, Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb (left) again showed his toughness. For analysis of his showdown against the Cowboys, plus a look at this week's other games, click on Don Banks's Snap Judgments at

• How far will the twice-beaten Patriots fall and how high will the undefeated Redskins rise in Dr. Z's Power Rankings? Get the expert's opinion at

• In what could be his last hurrah, 43-year-old Roger Clemens (right) will try to lead the Astros to their first World Series. Check out for playoff coverage. Also, relive the greatest moments in Division Series history at

• They're movers and shakers in the world of football. To see a gallery each week of the most photogenic cheerleaders (left) at college and NFL games, go to

• After a 310-day lockout and lots of bad press, the NHL makes its return this week, with 18-year-old Penguins phenom Sidney Crosby as one of the star attractions. Get Darren Eliot's View from the Ice at

• All eyes will be on Texas this Saturday as quarterback Vince Young (below) and the No. 2 Longhorns attempt to end a five-game losing streak to Oklahoma. Get a preview of this and other key matchups, plus postgame analysis at football.


INSET PHOTOS: Chuck Solomon (Pujols); Damian Strohmeyer (Rodriguez); John Biever (Palmer)

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PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (PUJOLS)52 ALBERT'S RUN After finishing among the top four in the National League MVP vote four times, Albert Pujols should finally win the award. PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (FLUTIE)PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (JUE)78 UPSET SPECIAL San Diego free safety Bhawoh Jue picked off a pass intended for David Givens in the Chargers' 41--17 win over the Patriots. PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (MCNABB)PHOTOBOB ROSATO (CHEERLEADER)PHOTOJOSH MERWIN (CLEMENS)PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (YOUNG)