September 20, 2009

You Have to Hand It to Him
After Tiger Woods took all the suspense out of who would walk away with the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the BMW Championship really got interesting
With a Bang
After a season lost to a concussion, the Blue Jays' Aaron Hill has come back as the unlikeliest of sluggers
Air Raven
Surprise, surprise. Run-loving Baltimore suddenly has a passing game and, perhaps, a QB who is ready to lead
Hello, Houston
The high-scoring Cougars entered the BCS conversation with a stunning victory at No. 5 Oklahoma State
Mercury Racing
Driven by Diana Taurasi and fueled by last season's failures, Phoenix enters the playoffs as the favorite
Star Burst
With another tackle-breaking, ankle-snapping performance—180 yards, three TDs and a big W for the Vikings—Adrian Peterson simply confirmed that he's the most formidable force in football
Simply Smashing
The NFC North might have an exciting mix of quarterbacks, but the name of the game is still defense
Why Not Us?
If the past is any indication, a team that missed the playoffs in 2008 will make it to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV. So who is this year's Arizona? Drew Brees's Saints lead the charge of the dark horses
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Game
Kim Clijsters and Juan Martín del Potro won the U.S. Open singles titles after a crazy two weeks that included big upsets, rain delays and a meltdown by Serena Williams
Ain't No Doubt About It
Embattled but unbowed, Rich Rodriguez took a giant step toward returning Michigan to prominence as the Wolverines rallied to beat Notre Dame
Dave Duncan Will Heal You
Three days in September offered a window into the powers of a pitching savior, who has turned St. Louis into the Lourdes of baseball, a sanctuary where dying arms and careers go to be revived
Look Out Ahead
Jimmie Johnson is eyeing a historic four-peat, but he faces a field of former champs and proven race winners (including one very hungry, very fast old man). Here are five checkpoints to watch for as the most competitive Chase yet unfolds
Point After
What smart fans should do this week
Things I Think I Think
SI's fearless NFL expert opines on all the latest news, buzz and inside information. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.