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Sept. 24, 2007
Sept. 24, 2007

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Sept. 24, 2007

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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
PRO FOOTBALL
  • It's a whole new ball game in Houston, where the pass-catch combo of Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson is turning the Texans into a team to reckon with

GOLF
  • The first FedEx Cup is over and—surprise, surprise!—Tiger Woods took home the trophy, though he was far from the only winner

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
  • Leading the Detroit Tigers into the playoff hunt, centerfielder Curtis Granderson is having a historic season—and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy

MIKE COOLBAUGH

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PRO FOOTBALL

36 Power ofTwo
It's a whole new ball game in Houston, where Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub areturning the Texans into a team to be reckoned with
By Tim Layden

GOLF

42 Who Else?
The first FedEx Cup is history, and—surprise, surprise!—Tiger Woods took homethe trophy, though he was far from the only winner
By Alan Shipnuck

COLLEGEFOOTBALL

46 Ground Rule
With tailback Stafon Johnson showing the way, No. 1USC ran all over Nebraska,boosting the Pac-10's claim that it's as tough as the SEC
By Austin Murphy

BASEBALL

50 Motown Hit
Leading the Tigers into the playoff hunt, centerfielder Curtis Granderson ishaving a historic season—and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy
By Albert Chen

MIKECOOLBAUGH

A Death in TheBaseball Family

He was coachingin Double A until a foul ball struck him. Now people are struggling to grasphow and why he died
By S.L. Price
P. 54

Departments

8 Leading Off

16 Letters

19 Players
• The NFL's coaching code
• First Person: Brandon Webb

34 Faces in theCrowd

76 Life ofReilly
Counterfeit Bill: A faux big leaguer passes away by Rick Reilly

Inside...

66 CollegeFootball
• Notre Dame: no quick fixes

67 The WNBA
• Paul Westhead works his magic

68 The NFL
• A landmark win for the Browns

70 NASCAR
• Redemption for Clint Bowyer

72 Soccer
• The world catches up to the U.S.

73 High SchoolFootball
• A litany of linebacking siblings

Cover
PHOTOGRAPH BY BILL FRAKES

INSET PHOTO: OttoGreule Jr./Getty Images

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PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (GRANDERSON)50 20-20-20-20 VISION Tigers centerfielder Curtis Granderson is the first player in 50 years to have a score of doubles, triples, homers and steals.PHOTODARREN CARROLL (COOLBAUGH)NINE PHOTOSTHOMAS E. WITTE (9)TWO ILLUSTRATIONSSIX PHOTOS