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October 30, 2006

OCTOBER 30, 2006
VOLUME 105, NO. 17

FEATURES

WORLD SERIES
42 Unusual Events
As if this postseason hasn't been bizarre enough, a dirty little secret may have tarred a pitching gem
by Tom Verducci

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
48 Trojan War
USC is undefeated, but close calls and a lack of game-changing plays make an upcoming stretch look treacherous
by Phil Taylor

HOCKEY
52 Farm-Fresh
The Staal brothers grew up turning soil and skating. Now they' want to reap a collection of Stanley Cups
by Michael Farber

CHAD JOHNSON

It's Good To Be Chad

The Bengals' receiver is proof that you can shoot your mouth off, goad opponents and still be well-liked in the NFL
by Karl Taro Greenfeld
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Departments

8 Leading Off

14 Letters

19 Air and Space
On gridirons, in wrestling rings and even in batting cages, there's more naked to the eye
by Steve Rushin

20 Scorecard
Can Sweet Lou save the Cubs?
China's in gear for the Games
Mike Tyson returns to the ring

30 Faces in the Crowd

33 Players

78 Life of Reilly
They got Bush's congratulations. Now the BALCO reporters could use his pardon
by Rick Reilly

Inside...

71 College Football
The escape of the Irish
Wisconsin's Thunder Thighs

75 The NFL
The heart of the Broncos' D
Is a Miami QB's season over?

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PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON (REYES)42 WINNING CARDS With first baseman Albert Pujols at the ready, starter Anthony Reyes delivered a 7--2 victory over the Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series. PHOTOMICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/1DEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (JOHNSON) PHOTORICH GABRIELSON/WIREIMAGE.COM (WILSON)75 AL THE BETTER Led by fiery middle linebacker Al Wilson, the Denver defense has given up an NFL-low 7.3 points per game. PHOTORICH SCHULTZ/WIREIMAGE.COM (DEMPSEY) PHOTOJEFFREY A. SALTER (JOHNSON) PHOTODAVID BERGMAN (CHEERLEADER)

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