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May 19, 2008
May 19, 2008

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May 19, 2008

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
MOTOR SPORTS
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
NBA PLAYOFFS
WNBA PREVIEW
BASEBALL
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This is an article from the May 19, 2008 issue

MOTOR SPORTS

28 Forget theHype
After 17 years in racing Danica Patrick faces the strongest Indy 500 field in ageneration. She believes this is her time
By Lars Anderson

STANLEY CUPPLAYOFFS

34 Winning inStyle
Changing the color of his pads was just one step in the remaking of standoutPenguins goalie Marc-André Fleury
By Michael Farber

NBA PLAYOFFS

40 Kobe's BenchMob
The subs are the key to L.A.'s title hopes
By Jack McCallum

WNBA PREVIEW

44 Sparks AreFlying
This isn't your daddy's WNBA anymore
By Kelli Anderson

BASEBALL

50 May Days
A rough road trip for the young Brewers
By Lee Jenkins

THE HORSE WE RODEIN ON

He was borncrippled, unable to stand and nurse without human assistance. For a while hepulled a grocer's wagon. But Dan Patch became an undefeated champion—and themodel for the modern sports star

BY CHARLESLEERHSEN
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Departments

6 Leading Off

12 Letters

14 Players
• On recruiting eighth-graders
• Walk-year wonders
• First Person: Boo Weekley
• The new U.S. sports museum

24 Faces in theCrowd

26 Just My Type byDan Patrick
• Enter Sandman
• A sequel to Bull Durham?

80 Point After
We can handle the truth: If athletes only said or did what they really felt
by Chris Ballard

Inside ...

76 Baseball
• Ken Griffey Jr.'s trade value

78 OlympicSports
• U.S. divers' medal chances

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Small Ball

The American Leagueis on pace to finish with the fewest runs since 1992 and the lowest battingaverage since 1976. This week, senior writer Tom Verducci explains why scoringis in such short supply. For more on the AL's shrinking offense, check out...
• A statistical analysis of the trend by Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus
• Jon Heyman on Indians lefty Cliff Lee, the league's surprising ace
• SI Vault: The 2005 cover story Baseball's Incredible Shrinking Slugger

DAILY BASEBALLNEWS, SCORES AND ANALYSIS AT SI.COM/MLB.

FEATUREDWRITERS

TIM LAYDEN
Inside Horse Racing
Preakness preview, plus how racing can recover from the Derby tragedy
SI.com/layden

ANDY STAPLES
Inside Recruiting
Updates on the nation's top basketball and football prospects
SI.com/staples

ALLAN MUIR
Inside the NHL
Handicapping the favorites for the Conn Smythe Trophy
SI.com/muir

MIXED MARTIALARTS

Plenty of Fight
SI.com has rolled out its new Mixed Martial Arts section, including fightpreviews and recaps, breaking news, rankings, Q&As, photo galleries and afighter database. Look for Ben Fowlkes's column, in which he covers lightweightSean Sherk (left) and his upcoming UFC 84 bout, and the steroid stigma in MMA.Also check out Nicki Jhabvala's interview with fighter Renzo Gracie.

Check out the newMMA coverage at SI.com/mma.

FROM SPORTSILLUSTRATED APRIL 25, 1966

SI.com regularlydigs into the archives for a classic SPORTS ILLUSTRATED story. This week it'sMartin Kane's 1966 piece about the bitter series between the Detroit Red Wingsand the Chicago Black Hawks in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

SID ABEL, coach ofthe Red Wings, had declared quite brazenly before the playoffs that his solehope of beating a Chicago team that had overwhelmed him throughout the regularseason was to "hit" the Hawks. The Wings did hit the Hawks and hit themhard in the very first game. They lost 2--1, but the new strategy made themlook respectable against Chicago, and Abel determined that he would continueit.

Check out thelatest classic SI story at SI.com/classic.

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PHOTOLOU CAPOZZOLA (NHL)34 WISTFUL THINKING Penguins defenseman Hal Gill (2) watched the puck trickle past goalie Marc-André Fleury in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Flyers.PHOTOCOURTESY OF HARNESS RACING MUSEUM, GOSHEN, N.Y. (DAN PATCH)PHOTOBILL KOSTROUN/AP (LEE)UPPER HAND Lee hasn't made scoring any easier.PHOTOJEFF CHIU/AP (SHERK)PHOTOJAMES DRAKE (SI COVER)FIVE PHOTOS