September 17, 2006

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Fool's Gold?
There he is, gleaming on the waiver wire, that Week 1 breakout player who can bolster your lineup. Before you grab him, read this
Air and Space
SI Players: Life On and Off the Field
Shore Thing
No grains, no gain: For Redskins running back T.J. Duckett, getting solid means training on shifting sands
Pass or Fail
The NFL's opening week showcased the leaguewide upheaval at quarterback--and no one was under more scrutiny than Carson Palmer
Daunte Culpepper's knee is fine and he's in an offense he knows well, so don't fret too much about his weak Week 1
Ups and Downs
In a 27--0 rout, Steve McNair showed that he may be the answer to the Ravens' prayers while the Bucs' Chris Simms was brought to his knees
No Hanging Chad
A rocky off-season gave way to a stellar performance for the Jets' Chad Pennington, whose commitment never flagged
Dr. Z's Forecast
Can you have a critical game in Week 2? Yes. In fact, you can have a pair of them when the four NFC East archrivals go at it
As Good As They Get
In a U.S. Open that celebrated the titans of the past, Roger Federer cemented his Tigerlike preeminence, and Maria Sharapova fulfilled her lavish promise
First Class
By guiding Ohio State to an impressive victory at Texas, Troy Smith showed he's a quarterback in every regard and the unquestioned leader of the No. 1 team in the land
A half-dozen games matching Top 20 teams this weekend will go a long way toward separating the title contenders from the pretenders
Listen to His Bat
Two springs ago, he was banished to the minors, but now Ryan Howard has turned the stretch drive into one booming blast with his epic home run binge
In It to Win It
Coming of age at racing speed, 21-year-old Kyle Busch battles his hothead reputation and the scorn of fans as he roars into the Chase for the Nextel Cup with a tankful of momentum
Life of Reilly
Fast Woman, Foolish Choices
Her B sample came back negative, so the doping police told Marion Jones she can keep racing. But will she resume her habit of running with the wrong crowd?