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March 05, 2007
March 05, 2007

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March 5, 2007

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
From the Editor
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
Hockey
Baseball
Pro Football
Cover Story
The Buckeyes

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This is an article from the March 5, 2007 issue

HOCKEY

40 Beating the Red Wings
The Predators are measuring up to archrival Detroit, their first obstacle in a Cup run
by Michael Farber

BASEBALL

44 Sammy's Whammy
Texas believes Sammy Sosa has enough of that old bat magic to make a difference
by Chris Ballard

PRO FOOTBALL

48 Me First! No, Me!
Over the next eight weeks two quarterbacks will jockey for the top spot in the NFL draft
by Peter King

THE BUCKEYES

54 The Program
In the new Gilded Age of college sports, no school has done more with its money—or learned more from painful scandal—than mighty Ohio State
by L. Jon Wertheim
• SI On Campus Poll: Students' views on jock culture
• The widening gap between Division I powers and paupers
• The new academic measuring stick has brought anxiety
• An ex--Missouri football star tries to cope without a degree
• Women's basketball is the latest pressure cooker
• Do sports hinder players' moral reasoning abilities?
• The Athlete's Bill of Rights: The workers deserve more in a multibillion-dollar industry

Departments

6 Leading Off

15 From the Editor

16 Letters

18 Players
First Person: Jarome Iginla
A farewell to Dennis Johnson
Escaping the Gonzaga Syndrome
Kareem recalls his SI covers

34 Faces in the Crowd

76 Life of Reilly
The kid who hit a pair of shots from the charity stripe without a drop of charity in them
by Rick Reilly

Inside...

72 College Basketball
Army recruits the right coach
Wisconsin suffers a blow

73 The NBA
Why Boston is stuck in reverse
Scout: the East's new beast

74 NASCAR
A late bloomer eyes the Chase
Matt Kenseth's perfect weekend

Cover
PHOTOGRAPH BY AL TIELEMANS

INSET PHOTOS: Peter Read Miller (Sosa); Todd Rosenberg (Quinn and Russell); Damian Strohmeyer (Northwestern); John Rieger/US Presswire (Missouri); Larry Levanti (College of New Jersey)

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NFL Draft
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NCAA Tournament
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NBA
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Video
Watch Jenn Sterger's latest road trip, Rick Reilly's Riffs, Seth Davis's Madness '07 and other video at SI.com.

Baseball
Read an excerpt of the epilogue to Game of Shadows, the Barry Bonds saga, at SI.com/baseball.

Galleries
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PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (PREDATORS) 40SETTING THE TABLE Predators center Peter Forsberg (left) and goalie TomasVokoun relaxed by playing Ping-Pong last Friday; the next night they netted awin over Detroit to move into first place.PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (OHIO STATE)PHOTODAVID BERGMAN (ARMY)72 ONE MAN'S ARMY After the death of Maggie Dixon, former assistant Dave Magarity has taken charge at West Point.PHOTOBOB ROSATO (RUSSELL)PHOTODARREN CARROLL (KNIGHT)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (BRYANT)PHOTOMEL LEVINE (STERGER)PHOTOBRAD MANGIN (BONDS)PHOTOKIRBY LEE/WIREIMAGE.COM (FAN)PHOTOROBERT BECK (QUINN)