OCTOBER 16, 2006
VOLUME 105, NO. 15
This is an article from the Oct. 16, 2006 issue
38 Blown Away
The hard-throwing Tigers stunned the Yankees and the A's power arms beat the Twins. Now they'll square off in a most unexpected showdown
by Tom Verducci
• BIG RED IS NOT DEAD
The revived Cardinals move on to meet the Mets
by Michael Farber
46 London Calling
Jay DeMerit couldn't make it in the U.S. So he went to England, and now he's a bloomin' favorite
by Grant Wahl
50 Pass Happy
The rise of strong-armed quarterback Rex Grossman may be the final piece in the Bears' Super Bowl puzzle
by Tim Layden
Battle of the South
The SEC is the best, toughest, wildest conference in the land
by PHIL TAYLOR
The Pigs Are Flying
by AUSTIN MURPHY
6 Leading Off
15 Air and Space
In baseball's silly season, there's plenty of room for Gardy, Grady and Boof
by Steve Rushin
Yankees haters rejoice!
Remembering Buck O'Neil
A Blue Devil's amazing recovery
25 Faces in the Crowd
72 Life of Reilly
What has four wheels, four feet, two eyes and one horn? An inspirational marching band entry
by Rick Reilly
66 The NFL
A smooth start for Matt Leinart
What's ailing LaVar Arrington?
70 Motor Sports
Little E's untimely spinout
An F1 star's NASCAR debut
PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID BERGMAN
INSET PHOTO: Chuck Solomon (Rogers); COVER FLAP: Bob Rosato (Grossman); Paul Sancya/AP (Rodriguez)
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Before their clinching victory over the Twins last Friday, (from left) Joe Kennedy, Mark Kotsay, Nick Swisher and Frank Thomas lounged in the Oakland clubhouse.
Jeff Gordon (24) Casey Mears (42) Jamie McMurray (26) Greg Biffle (16) Clint Bowyer (07) and Sterling Marlin (14) collided in Turn 1 at Talladgea on Sunday.