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Leading Off

Sept. 22, 2008
Sept. 22, 2008

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Sept. 22, 2008

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Leading Off

Irish Aaahhs

This is an article from the Sept. 22, 2008 issue

Rain-soaked NotreDame fans could relax a bit last Saturday after linebacker Brian Smithpointedly entered the end zone with a 35-yard fumble return in the fourthquarter against Michigan at South Bend. Smith's touchdown gave the Irish an18-point cushion—and eased the pain of coach Charlie Weis (inset), who hadsuffered knee-ligament damage when a player was blocked into him on asecond-quarter punt return. Notre Dame improved to 2--0 with the 35--17victory, while the Wolverines dropped to 1--2.

Kings ofArthur

The town ofArthur, Neb., has 145 citizens; 34 attend Arthur County High, of whom 19 areboys. Of those, 16 are on the roster of the Wolves' six-man football team,which beat Sioux County High 43--6 last Friday. The team—which includes (inset,from left) Jordan Trimble, Matt Simpson, Mark Monahan, Jeff Thomas and DerekPowers—is the subject of a piece by SI FOR KIDS incorporating photos,interviews, video and music at sikids.com/video/sixman.

Flex Appeal

Broncos runningback Michael Pittman posed for the Invesco Field crowd after his one-yard runstarted the scoring against the Chargers on Sunday, but it was the end of thegame that really set the 75,915 Denver fans aroar. Quarterback Jay Cutler hadhis apparent fumble (inset) with 1:14 left negated because of an inadvertentwhistle on the field; two plays later he threw a four-yard TD strike to EddieRoyal. Down 38--37, Denver coach Mike Shanahan went for two, and Cutler hitRoyal again for the win.

TWO PHOTOSPhotographs by John BieverTWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Bill FrakesPHOTOPhotograph by Peter Read MillerPHOTOJACK DEMPSE/AP