This is an article from the Sept. 21, 2009 issue
Colts at Dolphins
On Monday night the facility formerly known as Joe Robbie, Pro Player and Dolphin hosts its first NFL game as Land Shark Stadium, in honor of the beer sold by parrothead and Dolphins marketing partner Jimmy Buffett (ESPN). Miami, a surprise team in '08, won't sneak up on anyone this year (I'm only a dolphin, ma'am), but Indy would be on guard anyway. It's 7--10 at Miami's home.
Mayweather vs. Marquez
Believe it or not, retirement didn't stick for Floyd Mayweather Jr. Two years after hanging 'em up, the undefeated former champ (39--0) will fight stellar Mexican welterweight Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas on Saturday. Don't feel like shelling out for the HBO PPV? More than 170 movie theaters across the country will screen the fight live for $15.
Last year legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler's widow, Cathy, launched a Bo-themed merlot to raise money for the university's cardiovascular research center. (Bo died of heart failure in 2006.) The effort was so successful ($43,000 was raised) that Cathy is back this season with a sauvignon blanc. Order a bottle at bowines.com and toast a good cause.
It's an iconic image: Carlton Fisk waving fair the home run that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series for Boston. But there was much more to that epic game, as Mark Frost (The Match) shows with rich reporting and a deft touch. He puts the Series in the context of a sport undergoing massive economic and demographic change, which made Game 6 a touchstone on and off the field.
The breeze ... created by Mark Reynolds's swing. With 18 games left in the season, the Diamondbacks third baseman had 193 strikeouts, closing in on the major league record of 204 he set last year. Will he break it? The better question is when—and we might have a good idea after the Giants visit Arizona Sept. 21--23. San Francisco's staff leads the majors in K's, with 1,136.
Tennessee at Florida
You wanted the Gators' attention, Lane Kiffin? You got it. In February the Vols' new coach, who has a knack for irking SEC rivals, caused a stir when he (wrongly) accused Florida's Urban Meyer of an NCAA violation. The Gators promptly papered their locker room with Kiffin's photo. Don't expect the nation's No. 1 team to go easy when the Vols visit on Saturday (CBS).
The Pop Culture Grid
|Athletes in the mix||_____ is the flavor of the month||Meal you'd like to cook for your coach||Weirdest thing a fan ever said to you||I can't take another minute of ...||Favorite Kardashian|
|JO-LONN DUNBAR Saints LB||Drake||A steak and a potato||That I look like Michael Vick||Bad drivers||Khloe|
|DAVY ARNAUD Wizards M||Blue Bell's Cookies and Cream||Goulash||Asked me to sign a baseball||Jon and Kate||Bruce Jenner (stepfather)|
|BENJARVIS GREEN-ELLIS Patriots RB||I don't know||Jambalaya||Called me Green-Ellis and Associates||Nothing. I enjoy my life||They all look nice|
|LEX HILLIARD Dolphins RB||Drake||Linguini with clams||Asked me to play for a rival, Montana State||Waiting to play||Kim|
Inside the Grid
The Kardashian query put Dunbar on the spot: Teammate Reggie Bush is the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kim Kardashian; he popped up on the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Dunbar's reason for liking Kim's younger sister: "She has a good personality and seems bright."