This is an article from the Nov. 6, 2006 issue
38 Deal with It
After a lackluster regular season, the Cardinals dominated defenseless Detroit and silenced their doubters for good
by Tom Verducci
44 Red Auerbach
Assessing the monumental legacy of the Celtics coach
by Frank Deford
48 The Road to a Title
USC's loss blew the championship door wide-open. Here's SI's playoff map
by Austin Murphy
52 So Many Riches
Peyton Manning chose wisely from his plethora of weapons to pick apart Denver
by Michael Silver
56 Michael Strahan
The Giants' defensive end talks about the gap in his teeth and the meaning of BOB in the first in a series of player profiles
The NBA commissioner cajoled, teased, lectured and charmed during an eight-game, seven-day tour of Europe
by Jack McCallum
6 Leading Off
15 Air and Space
Scanning the wide, wide words of sports
by Steve Rushin
The Browns: worst team, best fans
Sasha Cohen vs. Sacha Cohen
Goodbye to Joe Niekro
27 Faces in the Crowd
78 Life of Reilly
Pray not for Big Ben—if you want to give the devil his due
by Rick Reilly
70 College Football
Bonded, Texas A&M bounces back
End of a losing era at Temple
72 The NFL
Kansas City's bang-up backup
Change is good for the Ravens
76 The NHL
The Sabres' streaking start
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