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Aug. 04, 2008
Aug. 04, 2008

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Aug. 4, 2008

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
BASEBALL
OLYMPIC BASKETBALL
SOCCER
  • First played in the 16th century, revived in 1930, an infernal, no-holds-barred version of soccer known as calcio fiorentino keeps the good citizens of Florence, Italy, battling and reveling

NFL: TRAINING CAMP KICKOFF
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Postcards From Camp

With NFL training camps in full swing, SI.com has, for the first time, dispatched 10 writers to report on all 32 camps across the country. Also check out ...

• Insight from around the league in Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback

• Photo galleries from camps, including action shots of Laveranues Coles and the New York Jets

• Statistical analysis from the blog Cold Hard Facts

NEWS FROM EXPERTS DON BANKS, MICHAEL LOMBARDI, DR. Z AND BUCKY BROOKS AT SI.COM/NFL.

FANTASY FOOTBALL: BIGGER AND BETTER

Play Fantasy Football on Facebook
This week, SI and Citizen Sports unveil the new Fantasy Football 2008 on Facebook, which houses the free commissioner-style game. Sign up and get in-depth fantasy analysis and updates. Other features include ...

• Free live scoring, statistics and drafts

• Social features, such as Smack Talk, where you can share your wins (or losses) with friends

• Player projections and real-time player news and notes from Protrade and Rotowire

> To sign up, go to SI.com/fantasy2008.

Fantasy Central

SI.com has everything you need to research and build your fantasy team, including positional breakdowns and rankings for quarterbacks (such as Jake Delhomme), running backs, tight ends, wide receivers, defenses and kickers. Plus ...

• Top 200 ranked players

• Weekly injury updates

• 75 tips to succeed

• Top sleepers and potential busts

• Position battles

• Fantasy Clicks every day

> For more draft strategies, go to SI.com/fantasy.

FROM SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAY 25, 1998

Over a few traumatic days, Mike Piazza learned that his time with the Dodgers was over and he was being traded to the Marlins. SI writer Michael Bamberger was with Piazza when he heard the news.

THE SURREAL STUFF would happen later. The wordless request for an autograph from a teammate, a kiss from Lasorda, old girlfriends on voice mail, a phone conversation with his father, a three-hour imprisonment in the manager's office, a friendship repaired, a Dodgers game on the car radio, a little girl's simple question. Mike Piazza had no idea it was coming. How could he? He was baptized as a Dodger at age 13, another runt batboy with big league dreams. In his heart of hearts, he figured he was a Dodger for life. He never had a clue that Thursday, May 14, 1998, might be his last day in Dodger blue, that particular and rich hue made famous by Robinson and Koufax, by Garvey and Valenzuela, by Lasorda and by Michael J. Piazza himself. As far as Piazza knew, this day would be like any other.

> Check out the latest classic SI story at SI.com/classic, and for your favorite stories and covers, go to SI.com/vault.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY AL TIELEMANS

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PHOTOAL PEREIRA/GETTY IMAGES (COLES)HANDY Coles had six TD catches last season.PHOTOWALTER IOOSS JR. (PIAZZA)PHOTOHOWARD SMITH/US PRESSWIRE (DELHOMME)TWO PHOTOS