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Sept. 21, 2015
Sept. 21, 2015

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Sept. 21, 2015

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U.S. OPEN
  • THE U.S. OPEN IS THE TOUGHEST VENUE IN TENNIS, WHETHER YOU'RE FIGHTING THE HEADWINDS OF A HOSTILE CROWD OR CARRYING THE WEIGHT OF HISTORY ON YOUR RACKET. BUT NEW YORKERS HAVE BIG HEARTS, TOO: WHILE NOVAK DJOKOVIC WON OVER FANS WITH HIS MASTERLY FINALS WIN, ADMIRATION FOR SERENA WILLIAMS ONLY INTENSIFIED EVEN AS SHE FELL SHORT OF A GRAND SLAM

NFL
  • THE MANY SIDES OF THE NFL'S BEST QUARTERBACK: HE'S FRIGHTENINGLY SMART, BUT WOULD RATHER LISTEN THAN TALK. HE SHIES FROM FAME, BUT DATES A CELEBRITY. HE'S ONE OF THE GUYS IN GREEN BAY, BUT ALSO THE BOSS. AND HE'S PRETTY CHILL, BUT HE REMEMBERS EVERY SLIGHT ... AND THAT'S WHY HE'S CONSTANTLY IMPROVING

NFL WEEK 1: ROOKIE QBS
Question? EVERYTHING
  • The importance (and income) of the left tackle position is based on an old NFL. It's time to adapt

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • Braxton Miller's move from QB to H-back was born out of necessity; his NFL stock, for one, was at stake. The inside look at the switch that spun college football on its head

  • Though it's not uncommon for a quarterback to shift to receiver in college or the NFL, there's no blueprint for the move either. Braxton Miller is off to a good start, but here are a few pointers from guys who have successfully made the switch

DWIGHT GOODEN
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FOR SEPT. 7--14, 2015

This is an article from the Sept. 21, 2015 issue

In LEADING OFF: Trading Places, it was noteworthy to see that four of the seven players featured—DeAndre Levy (54), Joe Thomas (73), J.J. Watt (99) and Russell Wilson (3)—are former Badgers. What a testament to the quality of Wisconsin football.

Robert L. Hunt, Madison, Wis.

While reading Love Handles, I could not help but wonder if Steve Rushin would be a tailback or a defensive lineman if he played in the NFL. I really got a (Jim) Kiick out of his piece.

Lee Lambers, Jenison, Mich.

I greatly enjoyed your NFL preview issue, but in predicting the standings, you forecasted 255 wins and 257 losses across the league. That, of course, is mathematically impossible.

Jed Miller, Lakewood, N.J.

In the NFL preview you have the Giants and the Redskins losing to each other on Nov. 29. I realize that both teams may stink, but I don't think they'll both lose the same game.

Everett D. Thomas, Hammond, N.Y.

Alexander Wolff captured the palpable energy, enthusiasm and joy Darryl Dawkins brought to the game of life. The NBA legend's highlights are etched in my brain. Thank you for an obituary worthy of the great Dr. Dunkenstein.

Daniel Feigin, New York City

COVER

I'm only 13 years old, but even my hands can tell the difference between a ball that's inflated properly and one that's underinflated and easier to grab. I think judge Richard Berman's decision to overturn Tom Brady's suspension sends the wrong message to young football players like me. Shame on you, Mr. Brady, and shame on you, judge.

Kory Cascadden

Los Angeles

Reading your article about how the Patriots treat visiting teams reminded me of another infamous Boston host, storied Celtics coach Red Auerbach. Legend has it he used to turn up the thermostat in the visitors' locker room but shut off the hot water to their showers. Is it something in the water in Beantown?

Paul Knopick

Denton, Texas

The Patriots may as well change their team name to the Politicians.

David J. Gross

St. Augustine, Fla.

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