EDITOR'S LETTER
GOLF PLUS
Orange Juice
Oozing with talent but winless on the PGA Tour, Rickie Fowler gave the game a huge jolt at the Wells Fargo by taking down fellow 23-year-old Rory McIlroy, setting up a Whiz Kid rivalry
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
Out of Whack
Will Albert Pujols hit again? Of course—but a massive slump has lowered expectations for his first year in Anaheim
Changing Fortunes
Last year nothing went right for the Heat. This year, as its foes drop one by one, the odds appear to be increasingly in Miami's favor
Word to the Doctor
Thirty-nine one-goal games, 20 decided in OT, three Game 7s: Nobody captures the drama of NHL Spring quite like the erudite Mike Emrick
D'oh! Daddy
As she settles into her first full NASCAR season, Danica Patrick is trying to master a new car— and make new friends
JUNIOR SEAU
WHY?
Junior Seau was a beloved figure in San Diego and one of the greatest linebackers the NFL has seen. His suicide at age 43 has left even those who knew him best stunned, confused and searching for answers.
ALL MEN ARE MORTAL
Throughout Seau's career, writers—the author included—held him up as a superhero impervious to injury. Time to rethink our idol-making
HORSE RACING
ANOTHER WAY TO WIN
An undervalued horse ridden by an unknown jockey roared to an unexpected victory and began pursuit of the elusive Triple Crown
BOXING
STILL PERFECT
Showing a brilliance that fans may never fully appreciate, Floyd Mayweather Jr. stayed unbeaten despite a furious challenge from Miguel Cotto
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
THE RUSSIAN QUESTION
For better and worse, players from the former Soviet bloc have been the focus of playoff drama. Are they playing to type, or just playing hockey?
THE BRYANTS
WHERE DOES GREATNESS COME FROM?
You might assume that Kobe Bryant inherited his talent for basketball and his burning need to dominate from his father, former NBA and Italian league player Joe (Jellybean) Bryant. But Joe and Kobe are substantially different, and while the son got some gifts from his father, he got his fire from an unexpected source
POINT AFTER
Departments
Glory Days
Imagine if someone wanted to write a book about the greatest—or worst—moment of your high school sports career