LEADING OFF
EDITOR'S LETTER
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS
Beware the Titans and their dilemma at running back, but three other intriguing playmakers are showing signs of heating up as the season approaches the midway point
MONEYBALL
The business of a one-versus-two showdown is rich with possibilities, as the Game of the Year between the Tigers and the Tide reveals
BANDS OF BROTHERS
The Plumlees are the latest—but not the only—basketball players who have shared the floor together for a D-I program
UNLIMITED MILEAGE
Jimmie Johnson's record run of Cup titles may finally be coming to an end, but the future is bright for NASCAR's best driver
SPECIAL REPORT
PAY FOR PLAY
The mission of our universities is to educate, but college sports is big business, and no one wants young athletes exploited.
THE NEW TRAINING TABLE
From college dining halls to professional clubhouses, a new food consciousness is revolutionizing sports. It's not just about gaining or losing weight. It's about performance targets, wellness and recovery. Eating to win has become a lot more complicated—and athletes are healthier for it
NFL MIDSEASON REPORT
All for one, one for all
Aaron Rodgers is the story of the fall, performing at a record-setting pace for a Packers team that looks even more formidable than it did in its Super Bowl season. But it takes two to complete a pass, and from Lambeau Field back to his high school in Northern California, Rodgers has had an uncanny connection with his receivers
WORLD SERIES
GO CRAZY, BASEBALL, GO CRAZY
Beginning on the final night of the regular season, a sport unleashed upon its fans a surreal, unbroken, monthlong run of drama made all the sweeter because we never saw it—or the champion that would be crowned—coming
AREA MAN WINS MVP
Thanks to David Freese, the Cardinals have a new October hero—and a world championship that has local flavor
HELLO? GOODBYE?
Enough celebrating, now it's decision time. Albert Pujols will get his millions, but his market is not limitless
BOXING
THE EVOLUTION OF MANNY PACQUIAO
As he prepares to face another fierce—and familiar—foe, the world's best fighter is still getting better. But marvel at him while you can, for the Manny who would be king has his eye on realms far beyond the ring
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
WHAT WILL LES MILES DO NEXT?
LSU's grass-eating, trick-play-calling, word-mangling coach will have everyone in Bryant-Denny Stadium guessing as he leads his top-ranked Tigers against No. 2 Alabama in Saturday's megamatchup
PRO HOCKEY
FOOTBALL HISTORY
THE FORGOTTEN HERO
FOR FIVE DECADES WILLIAMS COLLEGE KEPT THE NUMBER 50 JERSEY PACKED AWAY IN A BOX, UNOFFICIALLY RETIRING IT EVEN THOUGH THE SCHOOL DID NOT RETIRE NUMBERS. NO ONE REMEMBERED WHO HAD LAST WORN IT OR WHY IT WAS NOT GIVEN OUT. UNTIL LAST YEAR
POINT AFTER
Departments
Monte Carlo on the Hudson
A new deal brings F1 to New Jersey and gives the world's top racing circuit a prime U.S. presence