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Sept. 29, 2008
Sept. 29, 2008

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Sept. 29, 2008

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SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
BASEBALL
GOLF
PRO FOOTBALL
  • Three impressive victories, including a decisive defeat of the Packers at Lambeau, have confirmed the Cowboys as the NFL's elite team and the NFC as the league's new power conference

  • The way the Eagles stifled the Steelers' attack was more evidence of the power shift to the NFC

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
YOUTH BASEBALL
  • The southeast corner of the state was no hardball hotbed—until a pair of AAU programs produced six current major league starters, including five first-round draft picks, in a span of eight years

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Knot Guilty

This is an article from the Sept. 29, 2008 issue

Tennessee centerJosh McNeil found the shoelaces of a Florida defender fair game for his idlehands as the linemen unpiled last Saturday in Knoxville. McNeil's manipulationsdid nothing to trip up the No. 4 Gators, who rumbled to a 30--6 victory.

Missing theBoat

Top Hydro Fueldriver Mark Workentine of Fresno lost control of his 8,000-horsepower vessel,Whiskey River, during qualifying last Friday at the San Diego ThunderboatRegatta. Though he was traveling at 145 mph, Workentine remained safe andsecure in the capsule, which separated from the boat as it splintered andskidded across Mission Bay.

Final PlateAppearance

Returning to hisfamiliar spot on the field, Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra took in YankeeStadium for the last time on Sunday. Berra was one of 21 former Yanks who paidtheir respects to the House That Ruth Built and were honored before the finalgame in the 85-year-old ballpark. The new Yankee Stadium opens next springacross the street.

PHOTOPhotograph by Heinz KluetmeierPHOTOPhotograph by Jon Lemoine/US PresswirePHOTOPhotograph by Chuck Solomon