This is an article from the Nov. 26, 2007 issue
44 They GotGame
The first 115meetings between bitter rivals Kansas and Missouri were mostly forgettable, butthis one won't be. Saturday's victor will be one win from playing for thenational championship
48 The Fight forSecond
While the Patriotscontinue to operate on a higher plane, NFL Nation is left to wonder whether aviable contender--Dallas? Green Bay? Indy?--will emerge
By Tim Layden
• The Pats'precision play-calling
54 Bringing ItHome
Jimmie Johnsonrepeated as Nextel Cup champ with a flawless run at Homestead
60 A Big-timeGamble
Some top recruits,like point guard Oscar Bellfield, would rather wait than sign
The HoustonDynasty--er, Dynamo--seized its second straight MLS Cup
By Grant Wahl
THE ROAD TO BADNEWZ
Through his riseand fall the QB stayed loyal to a tight circle of friends--homeboys who usedhim and ultimately sold him out
By George Dohrmannand Farrell Evans
10 Leading Off
• The antidote toBarry Bonds
• Remembering JoeNuxhall
• The Stars'strange G.M. choice
• Sports' biggestlosers
• First Person:Chris Paul
• The NFL's Jonesbrothers face off
• Caltech: revengeof the nerds
40 Faces in theCrowd
88 Life ofReilly
In Washington highschool athletics, a punishment that seems criminal by Rick Reilly
Inside . . .
81 The NFL
• Assessing RexGrossman
84 The NBA
• Dwyane Wadefires up the Heat
• A winningmakeover at Georgia
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