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Sept. 09, 2013
Sept. 09, 2013

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Sept. 9, 2013

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LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
BEATING BAMA
The MMQB
PRO BASKETBALL
BOXING
PITTSBURGH'S SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER
  • To a generation of Pittsburgh fans, September has always been about school, football ... and the irrelevance of the Pirates. But the franchise's 20-season losing streak is about to end, and now a reawakened baseball town is asking: ARE YINZ READY FOR OCTOBER?

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32 | COLLEGE FOOTBALL

This is an article from the Sept. 9, 2013 issue

How to Beat Bama

The bullies of the BCS do have weaknesses. Here are eight ways to exploit them

By Lars Anderson

40 | PRO FOOTBALL

Chris Johnson

Can he reach 2,000 yards again? The Titans' running back relishes the challenge

By Alan Shipnuck

46 | PRO BASKETBALL

Summer School

Go inside a private L.A. gym to see how the NBA's biggest stars are getting even better

By Pete Thamel

52 | BOXING

Danny Garcia

His father's unshakable belief helped the junior welterweight become a champion

By Chris Mannix

56 | BASEBALL

The Pirates

The franchise's 20-season losing streak is finally over. Are yinz ready for October?

By Lee Jenkins

2 | SI Digital

4 | Leading Off

10 | The Mail

13 | Scorecard

21 | Faces in The Crowd

22 | Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Brian Kelly's luck with the Irish

64 | Point After

Steve Rushin: Back to school with Bobby Valentine

SI HAS REGIONAL COVERS THIS WEEK: CHARLES LECLAIRE/USA TODAY SPORTS (MCCUTCHEN); DAVID E. KLUTHO/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (ALABAMA)

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