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October 07, 2007

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BASEBALL

38 The AmazingRace
In a wild final weekend of the season, the Phillies made the playoffs, whileJimmy Rollins made his case for MVP
By Tom Verducci

COLLEGEFOOTBALL

44 Scary Movie
As his brother filmed, Cal wideout DeSean Jackson developed into the mostfeared gamebreaker in the land
By Phil Taylor

PRO FOOTBALL

48 Top of theCharts
Brett Favre was expected to break the career record for touchdown passes—butnot while leading Green Bay to first place
By Peter King

BASEBALL

52 The JobaRules
Yankees rookie Joba Chamberlain owes his success to a father who used his ownhardships to fan the flame inside his son
By Gary Smith

NHL PREVIEW

2007 -- 08

60 His Time HasCome

Well established asa prolific regular-season scorer—and a league MVP—Sharks center Joe Thornton isfinally poised to lead his team to the Stanley Cup
By Michael Farber

64 Here's theLatest

66 Creating thePerfect Player

69 ScoutingReports

The newlystar-studded Rangers will take the fight all the way to San Jose

Departments

6 Leading Off

14 Letters

23 Players
• The U.S. goalkeeping controversy
• First Person: Orlando Cabrera
• Haile Gebrselassie's record run
• The new middleweight champ
• Guys and their gloves
• TV timeout: LeBron vs. Melo

37 Faces in theCrowd

102 Life ofReilly
He came. He ate. He cut a triple-digit hole in the Dodgers' profit margin byRick Reilly

Inside . . .

90 CollegeFootball
• Poor judgment at Texas A&M

93 The NFL
• Can three teams turn it around?

96 NASCAR
• Sunny skies for Jimmie Johnson

99 High SchoolFootball
• The top recruit excels in hoops

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