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April 23, 2012
April 23, 2012

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April 23, 2012

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
Sports Illustrated DIGITAL
THE MAIL
EDITOR'S LETTER
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NFL DRAFT PREVIEW
  • ECHOES OF '98 ABOUND AS THE FOOTBALL WORLD WEIGHS THE MERITS OF THE QUARTERBACK PAIR CERTAIN TO BE TAKEN AT THE TOP ON APRIL 26. Like PEYTON MANNING AND RYAN LEAF 14 YEARS AGO, ANDREW LUCK AND ROBERT GRIFFIN III WILL BE FOREVER LINKED AS COSTARS IN A DRAFT THAT WILL SHAPE THE FATES OF TWO FRANCHISES

  • In drafting wide receivers, Calvin Johnson—towering, muscular and superbly athletic—is the new model. But where are the corners who can neutralize such a weapon?

BASEBALL
SPRING FOOTBALL
SOCCER
  • He's spent 15 years at the top of the game and is set to play in his record 300th straight Premier League match. Yes, Brad Friedel is the Cal Ripken of English football, and he's 100% American—except for that accent

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PRO FOOTBALL

46 DRAFT PREVIEW

Like a pair of quarterbacks 14 years ago, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are costars in a franchise-shaping draft

BY PETER KING

WIDE RECEIVERS

MOCK DRAFT

BASEBALL

58 FENWAY TURNS 100

The little bandbox has been a muse for poets and a monster for pitchers and modernists. Here's to another century

BY STEVE RUSHIN

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

62 URBAN MEYER

Ohio State's new coach has brought his SEC mentality to the Big Ten and also kept work and life in balance—for now

BY AUSTIN MURPHY

USC OFF PROBATION

ALABAMA'S QB

SOCCER

68 BRAD FRIEDEL

Nearing his 300th straight Premier League match, the American keeper is the Cal Ripken of English football

BY GRANT WAHL

EXCERPT

72 OVER TIME

When the NBA was young so was the author, who cut his teeth at SI in what was then an inconsequential league

BY FRANK DEFORD

DEPARTMENTS

4 Leading Off

10 SI Digital

13 The Mail

15 Editor's Letter

21 Scorecard

The Bobby Petrino fallout

32 Faces in the Crowd

34 Just My Type

Carmelo Anthony as creator

BY DAN PATRICK

38 Inside ...

NHL

MLB

MMA

84 Point After

Last act of Larry Legend

BY PHIL TAYLOR

ON THE COVER: PHOTOGRAPH BY TODD ROSENBERG; INSET BY WALTER IIOOS JR.

PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (FENWAY PARK)The Red Sox' home opener last Friday—the franchise's 101st at Fenway—began with a flyover and ended with a 12--2 win over the Rays.PHOTODARRYL NORENBERG/WIREIMAGE.COM (LAKERS)