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May 08, 2006
May 08, 2006

Table of Contents
May 8, 2006

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
2006 NFL Draft
Baseball
NBA PLAYOFFS
NHL PLAYOFFS
KENTUCKY DERBY
Features
Life of Reilly
Departments

Lineup

FEATURES

This is an article from the May 8, 2006 issue

2006 NFL DRAFT
38 The Future Is Now
For the Saints, the arrival of No. 2 pick Reggie Bush provides a ray of hope
by Peter King
• THE JOY OF HALOTI NGATA
• DR. Z: IN PRAISE OF DENVER

BASEBALL

44 AlmostFamous
Why isn't Rangers shortstop Michael Young one of the game's big stars?
by Chris Ballard

NBA PLAYOFFS

48 City of TwoTales
Stranger than fiction: L.A.'s teams point toward a second-round showdown
by Richard Hoffer

NHL PLAYOFFS

52 Who Are TheseGuys?
With teams prizing the hottest hands, the nets are full of untested goalies
by Michael Farber

KENTUCKY DERBY

56 UnbreakableBond
Trainer Michael Matz has a favorite in Barbaro, and the support of threesiblings
by Tim Layden

LANCEARMSTRONG

The Next Stage
There's a new mountain for him to climb. He wants a billion dollars for thefight against cancer
by Austin Murphy
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Departments

6 Leading Off
12 Letters
15 Air and Space
In matters of Southern California sports, he always takes the write approach bySteve Rushin

16 Scorecard
• The Babe weighs in on Bonds
• Goodbye to a skateboarding guru
• A golfing teen honors her mom

28 Faces in theCrowd
33 Players
76 Life of Reilly
A handy form for athletes who need to make an apology ... in a way ... up to apoint-ish.... by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

73 Motor Sports
• Jimmie Johnson's winning ways
• Clint Bowyer tops the rookie class

74 Baseball
• Why Greg Maddux is revitalized
• A Texas slugger hits his stride

Cover
PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL O'NEILL
INSET PHOTO: Heinz Kluetmeier (uniform by Michael C. Hebert; image digitallyaltered by SI Imaging)

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PHOTODAVID BERGMAN (DRAFT) 38
BUSH'S LEAGUE
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue (far right) welcomed Reggie Bush to the NFL lastSaturday at New York City's Radio City Music Hall after New Orleans drafted theUSC star with the No. 2 pick.
PHOTOWALTER IOOSS JR. (ARMSTRONG)PHOTOM. SPENCER GREEN/AP (MADDUX)  74
RIGHT WING
With a win over Milwaukee last Friday to go to 5-0, Cubs ace Greg Maddux is offto the best start of his 21-year career.
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