July 24, 2006
July 24, 2006

Table of Contents
July 24, 2006

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
  • As a wide-open race heated up and headed into its final, brutal week in the Alps, U.S. rider Floyd Landis--bad hip and all--was poised to grab the leader's jersey for good, or go down trying

Pro Football
Inside Cover
Fantasy Football Preview 2006



This is an article from the July 24, 2006 issue

44 Late Summer Fun
The Angels and the Rockies--yes, the Rockies--are built for second-halfruns
by Tom Verducci

52 Yellow Fever
Floyd Landis, bad hip and all, was poised to grab the leader's jersey
by Austin Murphy

56 Hey, T.O.!
Hate him if you must, but don't ever question Terrell Owens's desire
by Karl Taro Greenfeld

67 5-Minute Guide
Blanket coverage of the NFL fantasy field for the upcoming season
by Jeffri Chadiha, Peter King, Gene Menez and Bill Syken

70 Running Backs
72 Wide Receivers
74 Quarterbacks
84 Kickers
83 Tight Ends
86 Defense

77 The High-RiskSix
They'll be tempting--but beware


6 LeadingOff
16 Letters
19 Air and Space
Want to start a fight on the field? Just try hurling the mother of all insultsby Steve Rushin

• Payback for Barry Bonds
• World Cup fallout
• Why NBA megadeals went down

34 Faces in theCrowd

37 Players

100 Life ofReilly
It's the greatest gulf in golf-- between the fans of Tiger and the fans of Philby Rick Reilly

Inside ...

93 Baseball
• Has Leo Mazzone lost his touch?
• The Rangers' surprising All-Star

96 CollegeBasketball
• Kevin Love: top big man recruit
• Blue-chippers' likely destinations



INSET PHOTOS:Layne Murdoch/Getty Images (Owens);

Al Tielemans(Francis); Wesley Hitt/ (Johnson); Photo Illustration by SIImaging

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THIS WEEK'SFantasy Football package is just a prelude to what will soon beend-zone-to-end-zone NFL fantasy coverage from SI and The magazine'sAug. 21 issue will mark the debut of FANTASY PLUS, a special weekly sectiondesigned to break down the NFL's key stats and trends. FANTASY PLUS will alsooffer updated player rankings, advice on roster moves and lineups, and insidereports from NFL writers Peter King and Jeffri Chadiha that should keep readersone step ahead of the competition. And you don't have to be a fantasy player toappreciate all this bonus information. Subscribers can sign up to receiveFANTASY PLUS--for free--by visiting or by calling1-800-528-5000.

To supplement themagazine's content,'s Fantasy Plus section launches early next month.For 24/7 updates on the latest news across the Web, just type a player's nameinto the website's Fantasy search engine and get a list of online stories abouthim. Other Fantasy Football features on include projected stats for eachplayer in his upcoming game; Peter King's 10 Fantasy Things I Think I Think; aninjury tracker; updated player rankings by position; fantasy-specific Truth& Rumors; a weekly listing of Studs and Duds; analysis by NFL experts; anda Fantasy Football blog.

If you're lookingto turn the fantasy of winning your league into reality--or if you just wantmore of the latest news from around the NFL--SI has you covered.

PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (WEAVER) 44PITCHING IN The first rookie in four years to start 6-0, Jered Weaver hassolidified a rotation that gives the Angels fuel to make theplayoffs.PHOTOPETER READ MILLER (BUSH)PHOTOPETER READ MILLER PHOTO