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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
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34 | ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11

TEN YEARS

In the decade since the attack, sports still provide comfort, but they've also inspired, united and reminded

By Tim Layden

40 | COLLEGE FOOTBALL

THE BCS CHASE IS ON

LSU has the look of a January tiger, and Boise is again fixing to make a mess of the championship calculus

By Austin Murphy

48 BRAVES BULLPEN

Three relievers have made life historically short for hitters

By Ben Reiter

52 TRACK AND FIELD

Team USA and Usain wound up on top of the worlds

By Tim Layden

56 DIANA TAURASI

The Mercury guard had her love of hoops put to the test

By Kelli Anderson

The House of Dream Chasers

Gary Patterson's rise at TCU has surprised the writer, who once lived with him

By S.L. Price

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DEPARTMENTS

2 Leading Off

8 Letters

13 Scorecard

The NBA is booming—on the playground

20 Faces in the Crowd

22 Just My Type

Kevin Garnett on the lockout and the Lakers

By Dan Patrick

26 Inside ...

NFL

September's story lines

College Football

Kain Colter is able

Tennis

Young Americans shine

72 Point After

A lot to love about the language of football

BY JOE POSNANSKI

ON THE COVER

PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID BERGMAN (BOISE STATE) AND JOHN BIEVER (LSU)

"The Browns have only one 2010 winning team on their schedule before December. Don't be surprised to see them in the division race on Thanksgiving—and even leading it.

—Peter King on the chances of quarterback Colt McCoy (left) and Cleveland this season

P. 26

For the opening week of the college football season, SI has two covers.

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PHOTOJIM ROGASH/GETTY IMAGES (FENWAY)FENWAY FLYBY Sporting events are one of the few places where we collectively pause and reflect on the impact of 9/11.PHOTODAVID BERGMAN (MCCOY)FIVE PHOTOS