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Oct. 22, 2007
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Oct. 22, 2007

SI Fantasy Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
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This is an article from the Oct. 22, 2007 issue

PRO FOOTBALL

36 The WinMachine
After dismantling the Cowboys, Tom Brady and the Patriots are playing on theirown plane. Can the Colts, or anyone else, stop them?
By Tim Layden

COLLEGEFOOTBALL

42 Fresh Juice
No. 2 South Florida leads a charge of the state's up-and-coming teams
By Austin Murphy

• Second thoughtsat midseason

• Danny Woodhead'srun to glory

• SI's bowl-gamematchups

BASEBALL

50 It's in theAir
In a postseason of one-sided series, the Indians--Red Sox showdown had the rarelook of a drawn-out drama
By Tom Verducci

• Rolling Rockiesare here to stay

BONUS

Two Athletes

Two Soldiers

Still haunted bythe death in Vietnam of his best friend and teammate, the author found anotherhigh school standout killed in action, in Iraq
by JACK McCALLUM

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Departments

6 Leading Off

16 Letters

21 Players
• Why is it so hard to play QB?
• Jeff Garcia on the NFL and garlic
• Poll: Who's the best pro punter?
• The Boss yields control to sons
• Overcoaching in Special Olympics
• Brandon Jacobs's tattoo

35 Faces in theCrowd

78 Life ofReilly
Turn on your TV and you already get jocks around the clock. Isn't that enough?Nah
by Rick Reilly

Inside...

70 The NFL
• The vanishing old-school fullback

73 High SchoolFootball
• Prospect's diary: Cal or Oregon?

76 NASCAR
• Stewart's losses: Don't blame me!

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›A Game for AllAges
Vinny Testaverde came off the couch—literally—a month shy of his 44th birthdayto start his first football game in two years (and win it).

STEWART MANDEL

›One Topsy-TurvyYear
Even after voting Matt Grothe and USF No. 1, I wouldn't be surprised if theBulls' run ends as soon as Thursday night, at Rutgers.

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PHOTOBILL FRAKES (WOODHEAD)46 STRIPPED DOWN The NCAA's career leading rusher, Danny Woodhead of Chadron (Neb.) State, dresses in a typically bare-bones Division II locker room.PHOTOCOURTESY OF THE GASKO FAMILY (BONUS, LEFT)PHOTOCOURTESY OF THE ARCIOLA FAMILYPHOTOROBERT BECK (TULOWITZKI)TWO PHOTOSMEL LEVINE (KING, MANDEL)PHOTOSTEPHEN DUNN/GETTY IMAGES (TESTAVERDE)PHOTOBOB ROSATO (GROTHE)PHOTOGARY BOGDON (GREEN)PHOTOSAM SHARPE (GORDON)PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (PETERSON)