41 The UnitasFactor
Every young quarterback owes a debt to Johnny U, who took charge of a middlingteam and turned it into a champion
by Tom Callahan
August 6, 2006
50 The PerfectCatch
Hardworking Twins catcher Joe Mauer is the ideal hometown hero, and he's poisedto make history at his position
by Kelli Anderson
56 Ready for theWorlds
After two disastrous showings, Team USA is bringing hungrier players, a deeperroster and a savvier game plan to Japan
by Ian Thomsen
58 Question Number1
The Texans shocked the NFL by drafting Mario Williams first overall. Now he'sunder pressure to prove he's worth it
by Michael Silver
Once, Laird Hamilton was one of the few to ride a murderous wave. But then camethe bounty hunters and thrill-seekers
by Susan Casey
6 Leading Off
17 Air andSpace
The ump needs glasses! Though in the case of minor leaguer Max McLeary, asingle corrective lens would have sufficed by Steve Rushin
• Drug cheats:Enough is enough
• NFL's off-seasonarrest record
• The U.S.'sstellar striker retires
• A day for motorsports meltdowns
30 Faces in theCrowd
80 Life ofReilly
An Israeli fencer from the 1972 Olympics, traumatized by Black September,speaks at last about the night his life changed by Rick Reilly
• Trade deadlinewinners and losers
• Minnesota's nextpitching star
PHOTOGRAPH BYPETER GREGOIRE
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