This is an article from the Nov. 12, 2007 issue
52 Enter theKid
He may be a 19-year-old beanpole who lives with his mom, but Sonics rookieKevin Durant showed during his first week that he can handle the spotlight andscore like a veteran
By Jack McCallum
60 Talk, TalkJayhawk
The rest of the nation might be at a loss for words to explain Kansas's first9--0 start in 99 years, but not do-it-all cornerstone Aqib Talib, who'll tellyou all day long that he saw a big year coming
By Phil Taylor
66 A BluesRevival
Guided by the motto Whatever It Takes, a new management group has transformed arock-bottom team into a winner—and a hot ticket—in St. Louis, all within ayear's time
By Michael Farber
New England has a clear run at history after beating the Colts
By Lee Jenkins
• The secrets ofsuccess
• AFC, NFCForecasts
Five disparate personalities, five huge talents, one peerless unit: thePatriots' linebacking corps
By Tim Layden
• Dr. Z's All-ProNotebook
8 Leading Off
• Kelvin Sampson's house calls
• First person: Jon Kitna
• An Olympic hero dies
• Farewell to the Orange Bowl
33 Faces in theCrowd
86 Life ofReilly
The No Way That Just Happened moment, and other reasons to love sports by RickReilly
• A bitter victory at the marathon
• The clutch Cavaliers
• Dale Jr. shifts gears to '08
83 High SchoolFootball
• After the wildfires, games
PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL O'NEILL
INSET PHOTOS:John W. McDonough (Durant)
Greg Nelson (Talib)
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