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Sept. 12, 2011
Sept. 12, 2011

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Sept. 12, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
TEN YEARS
  • The games we watched played a substantial role in fostering a return to normalcy after 9/11. In the decade since the attack, with two wars still raging, sports still provide comfort—but they have also inspired, united and reminded

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
  • The Braves' three-headed relief monster—two parts lefty, one part Rookie of the Year front-runner, 100% filthy—has made life historically brutish and short for hitters. Now all the trio needs is a worthy nickname

TRACK AND FIELD
PRO BASKETBALL
  • No one loves the game more than the Mercury guard, a leading contender for WNBA MVP, but even she didn't understand what hoops meant to her until a string of harrowing events threatened to derail her career

TCU Coach GARY PATTERSON
  • Twenty-five years ago TCU coach Gary Patterson was a tumbleweed assistant clinging to a Division II job. No one expected he would rise to the top of his profession—not even the author, who lived with him then

POINT AFTER
Departments

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NOT: MIAMI FAIRWEATHERS

This is an article from the Sept. 12, 2011 issue

A new stadium next year should help, but Marlins attendance—worst in MLB—has been laughable this season. (A head count at one game tallied a "crowd" of 347.) And it's no better across town: the Dolphins' 2011 ticket sales are at a 28-year low.

HOT: BIG EAST FEAST

All eight teams from the Big East won—and mostly won big—on opening weekend, combining for 304 points scored. South Florida's 23--20 upset at No. 16 Notre Dame was the highlight, but Pitt and WV, both winners, still rule.

NOT: OUT OF WAC

Hawaii got a 34--17 win over lowly Colorado, but six other WAC schools took losses this week (though Utah State nearly pulled off a historic upset of defending champion Auburn), capped by San Jose State's 57--3 thrashing by Stanford.

HOT: CAPTAIN CLUTCH

Raise your hand if you wrote off 37-year-old Derek Jeter and his .256 average two months ago. Since Aug. 1 the Yankees' captain is second in the AL in average (.387) and hits (46). His home run on Sunday gave New York its fourth straight win.

NOT: CONCERNED COLTS

Where to begin? Peyton Manning's neck injury won't heal; depth in the secondary is tissue thin; and Indy's stars are getting older: Manning (below) is 35, center Jeff Saturday is 36, and Reggie Wayne turns 33 in November. Tick, tock.

PHOTOMIKE EHRMANN/GETTY IMAGES (MARLIN)PHOTOMICHAEL CONROY/AP (SOUTH FLORIDA)PHOTOMICHAEL CONROY/AP (MANNING)PHOTOJASON O. WATSON/US PRESSWIRE (SAN JOSE STATE COACH)PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON (JETER)