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May 12, 2008
May 12, 2008

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May 12, 2008

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
NBA PLAYOFFS
HORSE RACING
BASEBALL
  • A young flamethrower makes a Joba-like debut, another pitcher bangs a pinch-hit homer: It's been a charmed start for the youthful Diamondbacks, who can make a case as baseball's model organization

COLLEGE LACROSSE
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
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This is an article from the May 12, 2008 issue

NBA PLAYOFFS

34 May Madness
With stars young and old excelling, and the top eight teams still in the title hunt, the second round is going to get wild
By Jack McCallum

HORSE RACING

42 Big Is Better
In a Kentucky Derby that ended tragically for one entry, Big Brown was too much horse for the field to handle
By Tim Layden

BASEBALL

46 Snakes Alive
The Diamondbacks' charmed start
By Ben Reiter

COLLEGE LACROSSE

52 Go West, Young Lady
How Northwestern became a power
By L. Jon Wertheim

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

58 Teflon Danny
Philly's Daniel Brière muted Montreal
By Brian Cazeneuve

A DANGEROUS BREED OF BEAST
In an excerpt from his book The Downhill Lie, the author takes up golf again, thinking he can only hurt his pride. Wrong. His game threatens South Florida wildlife
BY CARL HIAASEN
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Departments

10 Leading Off

16 Letters

18 Players
• An IndyCar renaissance
• Reporting for NFL duty
• Jose Canseco's literary life
• First Person: Brad Penny
• David Mamet's take on MMA

28 Faces in the Crowd

32 Just My Type
by Dan Patrick
• One that got away for Larry Bird

78 Point After
Johnny and Teresa Tapia: Welcome to the marriage forged in hell
by S.L. Price

Inside ...

74 The NFL
• A rookie linebacker's dream job

77 Baseball
• The Yankees get caught short

PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (NORTHWESTERN)52 THE CATS' MEOW Northwestern's three-time champion women's lacrosse team marched off to meet—and beat—North Carolina in Evanston, Ill.ILLUSTRATIONILLUSTRATION BY KEITH WITMER