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Aug. 27, 2012
Aug. 27, 2012

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Aug. 27, 2012

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
MIKE TROUT
  • Angels teammates, dazzled fans and shell-shocked pitchers already wonder where Mike Trout, all of 21, belongs in the discussion of the game's alltime greats. Front offices in baseball pose a more vexing question: How the hell did we miss this guy?

PRO FOOTBALL
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
PARALYMPICS 2012
  • The stories of Rob Jones and Oksana Masters are remarkable, and if they also prove inspirational, that's fine with them. But they have another narrative they prefer, the one that has brought them together to the brink of Paralympic rowing gold

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BASEBALL

32 MIKE TROUT

Teammates, fans and shell-shocked pitchers are already wondering if the Angels' outfielder is an alltime great

BY TOM VERDUCCI

PRO FOOTBALL

42 LOCKED-OUT REFS

The preseason has been a comedy of errors, but will anyone be laughing when the games start to count?

BY PABLO S. TORRE

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

46 THE VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Eastern Christian Academy may not technically be a school, but it's still a national football powerhouse

BY LEE JENKINS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

52 PENN STATE

A behind-the-scenes look at new coach Bill O'Brien's monumental rebuilding effort in State College

BY ANDY STAPLES

PARALYMPIC ROWING

56 THE MARINE AND THE ORPHAN

Their stories are remarkable and inspirational, but another narrative has them on the brink of a gold medal

BY MICHAEL ROSENBERG

DEPARTMENTS

2 SI Digital

4 Leading Off

10 The Mail

12 Editor's Letter

15 Scorecard

The end of diva receivers

20 Faces in the Crowd

21 Just My Type

New dad Chris Paul

BY DAN PATRICK

24 Inside ...

Fantasy Football

Soccer

MLB

64 Point After

The Strasburg conundrum

BY PHIL TAYLOR

ON THE COVER: PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT BECK

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PHOTOFRED VUICH (PENN STATE)GET IN LINE Penn State's new coaching staff has overhauled nearly everything about the program.PHOTOCHRIS USHER (ROWERS)