LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
REBORN AGAIN
A combination of experience and a simpler game plan has—finally—turned 49ers quarterback Alex Smith into a playmaker
ROLE PLAYING
There are few secrets left to uncover by this point in the season, but there are players rising up the depth chart—and others sliding down it
J√úRGEN'S WAY
The U.S. will improve slowly under new coach Jürgen Klinsmann, who was hired to excel in the World Cup, not win early friendlies
WORLD SERIES
Boom or Bust
Money pitchers and fat payrolls are the keys to a title, right? Not in 2011, when the Rangers and the Cardinals turned the script upside down, riding big bats, lockdown bullpens and ... more big bats to the World Series. In a postseason of firsts, another looms for Texas
PRO FOOTBALL
SO WHAT WERE YOU EXPECTING?
Six weeks into the season, the conventional wisdom has been turned on its head— and sometimes back again. Trying to sort the contenders from the pretenders? Beyond Green Bay, it's anyone's guess
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
MOORE WITH LESS
Boise State's Kellen Moore is as imposing as a grocery sacker and barely faster than a lineman, but he's about to become the winningest quarterback in history. Here's his secret
IN MEMORIAM
PRO HOCKEY
THE JAGR HOCKEY SCHOOL
After an off-season overhaul diminished their attack, the Flyers brought Jaromir Jagr back from Siberia (literally), but the 39-year-old winger has provided much more than an instant offensive boost
JERRY WEST
Basketball was the easy part
In a new, searingly honest autobiography Hall of Famer Jerry West reveals the sources of the drive that led him to succeed both on the court and in the Lakers' front office, and of the depression that haunted him every step of the way
POINT AFTER
Departments
Goats of Octobers Past
With the World Series in full swing, SI reconsiders the Fall Classic's most painful moments with an eye toward exculpation