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Oct. 07, 2013
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Oct. 7, 2013

SI.com
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
MLB PLAYOFF PREVIEW
PRO BASKETBALL
LEAGUE OF DENIAL
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34| BASEBALL

This is an article from the Oct. 7, 2013 issue

Playoff Preview

Oakland GM Billy Beane once said the postseason is a crapshoot. He was right

By Tom Verducci

The Braves

They strike out a lot and have struggled with injuries. That might not matter in October

By Ben Reiter

48 | PRO FOOTBALL

Vernon Davis

The many dimensions of the 49ers' tight end, who'd just as soon be painting

By Kelli Anderson

56 | PRO BASKETBALL

Tristan Thompson

After an extreme makeover, the Cavaliers' power forward has left his left behind

By Lee Jenkins

62 | BOOK EXCERPT

League of Denial

The NFL's war against the science of brain injury

By Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru

2 | SI Digital

4 | Leading Off

10 | The Mail

13 | Scorecard

23 | Faces in The Crowd

24 | Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Kevin Durant's itinerant off-season

70 | Point After

Steve Rushin: A paean to the power of the printed word

ON THE COVER: Photograph by Walter Iooss Jr. for Sports Illustrated

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PHOTOWALTER IOOSS JR. FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (UPTONS)COVER STORY Kate Upton, with Justin (8) and B.J., is the first Swimsuit model to grace the cover of a non-Swimsuit SI. CITI FIELD | AUG. 19, 2013PHOTOANDREW HANCOCK FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDPHOTOPETER READ MILLER FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDPHOTOTODD ROSENBERG FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATEDPHOTO