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Oct. 06, 2008
Oct. 06, 2008

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Oct. 6, 2008

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
EDITOR'S LETTER
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
PRO FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
FROM BASKETBALL TO WATER POLO
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Departments

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This is an article from the Oct. 6, 2008 issue

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

30 Block Party
Ole Miss's stunning win over Florida was just one of seven upsets involving Top 25 teams in a chaotic week that also saw the emergence of a new contender for the national championship
By Albert Chen
• The mad scramble in the rankings
• Oregon State shocks USC

PRO FOOTBALL

36 Runaway Rookies
First-year rushers leave defenses gasping
By Jim Trotter

BASEBALL

44 Man with a Vision
Joe Maddon has produced something never seen—the Rays in the playoffs
By Stephen Cannella

FROM BASKETBALL TO WATER POLO

The Latino Athlete Now
A fixture in the U.S. for decades, players of Hispanic heritage are flexing their muscles in the culture and business of sports as well as on the field
By MELISSA SEGURA
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Departments

6 Leading Off

12 Letters

14 Players
• Why Lance rides again

27 Faces in the Crowd

28 Just My Type by Dan Patrick

82 Point After
Pumpkin pies and tube socks: the stuff of superstition by Phil Taylor

Inside ...

72 College Football
• Look out! Here comes the ACC

74 The NFL
• Ideas for a Browns makeover

78 NASCAR
• Greg Biffle likes his chances

80 The WNBA
• San Antonio's Ms. Clutch

PHOTOMARC S. LEVINE (METS)18 SHEA GOODBYE Mets legends Tom Seaver and Mike Piazza waved to the fans on Sunday after the final game in 44-year-old Shea Stadium.PHOTOCRAIG HACKER (DENIS CLEMENTE)