In Week 1, a septet of top seeds stole the show and set up a slate of Sweet 16blockbusters
by Grant Wahl
March 25, 2007
Every player wants to be a starter, but sixth men are sparking the league's topthree teams
by Jack McCallum
By acquiring impact free agents, have the Patriots regained the edge in theAFC?
by Peter King
2007 /// BASEBALLPREVIEW
58 The Riddle
Red Sox import Daisuke Matsuzaka will deliver eight different pitches—andexplode old myths about pampering pitchers
by Tom Verducci
66 8 Who May BeGreat
By year's end you'll know the names of all these rookies, starting with thirdbaseman Alex Gordon
by Chris Ballard
An analysis of each team's chances, with lineups, stats and a modest proposalfrom Baseball Prospectus
6 Leading Off
First Person: Joey Porter
Bowie Kuhn's legacy
Inside the Car of Tomorrow
Drama at the Cricket World Cup
Pitchers switching roles
37 Faces in theCrowd
142 Life ofReilly
The new frontier for hecklers: cyberflirting, poking and spam bombs
by Rick Reilly
PHOTOGRAPH BY CHUCK SOLOMON
INSET PHOTOS:Robert Beck (Young, Garciaparra); John Iacono (Rodriguez)
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