OCTOBER 9, 2006
VOLUME 105, no. 14
This is an article from the Oct. 9, 2006 issue
STARS OF THE GAME
41 Alltime Greats
Mays or Clemente? SI polled 22 experts to fill its dream roster. The result is a work of art
by Tom Verducci
46 Best of '06
SI's MVPs, Albert Pujols (right) and Derek Jeter, are models of consistency
by Tom Verducci
48 The Cowboy Factor
With Terrell Owens leading the circus, Dallas is back in the NFL's spotlight
by Michael Silver
54 Mighty Surprising
Look who's unbeaten: long-suffering Rutgers, Missouri and Wake Forest
by Austin Murphy
58 Size Matters
Gigantic heavyweight champ Nikolay Valuev frightens foes, but can he fight?
by L. Jon Wertheim
Is This Dr. Evil?
Chemist Patrick Arnold—inventor of THG—breaks his silence on his role in the BALCO scandal and hints at a future filled with scary science
by George Dohrmann
6 Leading Off
17 Air and Space
Falcons kicker Morten Andersen still splits the sticks at age 46
by Steve Rushin
Why no taint clings to the NFL
Farewell to Byron Nelson
Nationals fire Frank Robinson
27 Faces in the Crowd
78 Life of Reilly
Blimp my ride, or How I cheated a fiery death at eight miles per hour
by Rick Reilly
70 College Football
The leading rusher—by a mile
BYU's Beck comes into his own
75 The NFL
Receivers hold key for Seattle
Dr. Z's picks for Week 5
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY AARON GOODMAN
PLAYERS: Back bench, from left: Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Sandy Koufax. Front bench: Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Honus Wagner, Johnny Bench. Foreground: Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Hank Aaron.
INSET PHOTOS: From left, Bob Rosato; Tony Gutierrez/AP; Gregory Heisler
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Rutgers helmets were lined up on the field before the undefeated Scarlet Knights took on South Florida in Tampa.
After scoring a touchdown against the Bengals, Patriots back Laurence Maroney got a lift from Heath Evans.