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EDITOR'S LETTER
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
K Boom
Balanced? Check. Heisman front runner? Check. Undefeated? Check. Seven wins in, it's time to take Kansas State seriously as a national title contender
Who's That Back?
Sixth-round rookie Alfred Morris, the latest discovery of run-game guru Mike Shanahan, is carrying the load and making life easier for RG3
Sporting Chance
A phenomenal rebranding success, Sporting KC is a favorite for the MLS title and—sorry, Chiefs and Royals—the hottest team in town
WORLD SERIES
THAT'S A CROWN QUESTION, BRO
HOW GOOD IS MIGUEL CABRERA? HE CAN DO ANYTHING, AS LONG AS HE DOESN'T TRY TO DO EVERYTHING—AND HE HAS THE TRIPLE CROWN TO PROVE IT. THE GAME'S BEST HITTER, THE SPORT'S BIGGEST STAGE: THIS IS WHAT A WORLD SERIES SHOULD BE
In Play Is the Thing
If you want home runs, San Francisco isn't your team. But a lineup full of contact-crazy hitters can still run up the score
The Prediction
By avoiding strikeouts and pressuring the Tigers' shaky D, the Giants will take home another title
MEDIA
Mr. October
HE CUTS MANY FIGURES—VOICE OF THE SUMMER, VOICE OF THE FALL, ENGAGING, POLARIZING—AND THAT'S BEFORE WE EVEN GET TO THE SHADOW OF HIS OLD MAN. BUT IN A CLIMACTIC MONTH WHEN JOE BUCK'S WORLDS ARE COLLIDING, WE ARE REMINDED HE'S SOMETHING ELSE: AS GOOD AS IT GETS
PRO FOOTBALL
The Last Days of 63
IN THE 42 YEARS SINCE TOM DEMPSEY KICKED THE LONGEST FIELD GOAL IN NFL HISTORY, HIS MARK HAS BEEN MATCHED THREE TIMES, BUT NEVER SURPASSED. NOW THE MOST MYSTERIOUSLY ENDURING RECORD IN SPORTS MAY FINALLY BE RIPE TO FALL (LEGATRON, ANYONE?)
NBA PREVIEW
Is This the Face of a Bad Guy?
AN UGLY EXIT FROM ORLANDO TURNED DWIGHT HOWARD FROM A LOVABLE MAN-CHILD INTO ONE OF THE LEAGUE'S MOST REVILED PLAYERS. BUT IN L.A. EVERYONE FROM HOTEL WORKERS TO HOWARD'S TEAMMATES IS DISCOVERING THAT THE LAKERS' NEWEST SUPERSTAR STILL HAS A FUN-LOVING SIDE
The Pick Artist
Brooklyn's Reggie Evans isn't much of a threat to roll and score, but when the league's hardest-working man screens you, you feel it
SCOUTING REPORTS
IN THE 2012 FINALS, MIAMI LOOKED VERY MUCH LIKE A BUDDING DYNASTY. BUT THE THUNDER IS A YEAR WISER. AND THE LAKERS ONE-UPPED THE HEAT WITH A BIG FOUR. WHO'LL COME OUT ON TOP COME JUNE? ...
POINT AFTER
Departments
Fighting for a Cure
New York junior middleweight Boyd Melson goes into the ring to raise money for spinal cord research