This is an article from the Sept. 18, 2006 issue
Philadelphia,without T.O., looked gleeful in manhandling the Texans ("It was kind of ajoy," said QB Donovan McNabb, left, back from injury). The BC Eagles,thriving in OT, got an improbable comeback win that vaulted them into the Top25.
The voluble SirCharles went into the NBA Hall of Fame and also announced he'll run forgovernor of Alabama so he can "speak for people who can't speak forthemselves." Hip-hop duo Gnarls Barkley-with megahit Crazy-is the year'smusic sensation.
Women of EasternEurope
The U.S. Open?It's ova! While Martina Navratilova closed out her career (again) with amixed-doubles title, Maria Sharapova (left) won the women's singles (page 52)and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 15, was the junior girls' champ.
SmashingNorthwestern, 34-17, in Illinois may have been the biggest win ever forDivision I-AA New Hampshire. Said star receiver David Ball, "I'm still inshock." A heroes' welcome awaits: Their home opener's on Saturday.
The incredibleshrinking lead: Losing seven of nine left once-dominant Detroit just two gamesup in the AL Central, and a playoff berth's in jeopardy. (Manager Jim Leyland:"I'm really not worried.") The Clemson Tigers hurt worse: A missed PATby Jad Dean (above) cost the game against BC, dropping them from the Top25.
Onetime studcenter of the Philadelphia Eagles lost his job after an injury, couldn't makethe switch to guard, got shipped to lowly Cleveland and then, in his debut, sawthe Saints' Brian Young rush by for three sacks-more than Young had in the lasttwo years combined.
Former Bears andLions coach Dick Jauron's (left) fourth-down try backfired in his debut losswith the Bills. Ex-Jet Herman Edwards (right) went down meekly with the Chiefsand now heads to Denver, where K.C. hasn't won in six years.
WillFireRonZook.com-which dogged the coach when he was with Florida-relaunch?Zook's Illini, 2-9 under him last season, got blasted 33-0 by Rutgers. SaidZook, "Back to the drawing board."
SI PLAYERS MLBPOLL
Which outfielderhas the best arm in baseball?
Ichiro Suzuki,Mariners RF . . . 48%
VladimirGuerrero, Angels RF . . . 32%
Jose Guillen,Nationals RF . . . 8%
Jeff Francoeur,Braves RF . . . 7%
Which outfielderhas the worst arm in baseball?
Johnny Damon,Yankees CF . . . 37%
Juan Pierre, CubsCF . . . 13%
Luis Gonzalez,D-Backs LF . . . 12%
Shannon Stewart,Twins LF . . . 9%
FAST FACTS Noother outfielder got more than 1% of the "strongest" vote.... TheYankees' Bernie Williams was fifth in the "weakest" (8.2%).... The onlyregular leftfielder to get a strongest vote was the Nationals' Alfonso Soriano,a converted second baseman who leads all outfielders with 19 assists.... Twoevery-day rightfielders received weakest votes: the Cubs' Jacque Jones (2%) andthe Padres' Brian Giles (1%).... The 5'9", 172-pound Ichiro has won a GoldGlove in each of his five seasons.
[ Based on asurvey of 415 MLB players ] • For an expanded version of the poll, go toSI.com/players.