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March 16, 2008

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28 THE REAL DOPE
Athletes make the headlines, but performance enhancers are rampant
By Jack McCallum

38 THE GODFATHER
Former powerlifter Tony Fitton sabotaged an experiment and shaped the history of sports doping
By L. Jon Wertheim and David Epstein

44 THE FUTURE
Welcome to the era of the genetically engineered superathlete
By David Epstein

FEATURES

PRO BASKETBALL

48 L.A.'s Story
The Superstar wanted out. The Coach might have followed. But then the G.M.'s big move revived the Lakers
By Jack McCallum

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

52 Going Gaga for 'Gody
Notre Dame's deceptively agile strongman, Luke Harangody, could have the Irish dancing deep into March
By Luke Winn

PRO FOOTBALL

56 Top of His Game
After 16 seasons of giving the Packers all he could give, Brett Favre knew it was time to quit, and he left football the way he played it—raw, passionate and honest
By Alan Shipnuck

• The retirement that resonated in a war zone
By Peter King

Departments

6 Leading Off

12 From the Editor

14 Letters

16 Players
• Roger Federer's "decline"
• The Birdman's back in the NBA
• Review: ESPN's Black Magic
• First Person: Rashard Lewis

24 Faces in the Crowd

26 Just My Type by Dan Patrick
• Ricky Williams's Bible study

72 Point After
Want to avoid having to beg for coaching work when you retire? Just listen to Lenny by Chris Ballard

Inside ...

68 College Basketball
• Todd Bozeman wins a title

69 The NHL
• Avs' goalie flashes old MVP form

70 Baseball
• Impressive start for Tigers' teen

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