A League of Its Own
No conference is getting better play at quarterback than the Big 12, whose wide-open offenses are piling up yards and lighting up scoreboards
Aerial Circus
With eight of the top 20 in the passing-efficiency rankings, the Big 12 has the numbers to back up its QB dominance
Bang, Bang, Bang
With three four-win teams and the league's best 2--3 club, the NFC East is dominant once more. Does the division's brutal competitiveness take too much out of a team—or does it forge champions?
Manny in LA LA Land
A star-obsessed city that had lost its baseball sizzle is suddenly relevant again, thanks to Manny Ramirez—the new leading man who put the Dodgers one step closer to a possible made-for-Hollywood World Series matchup
And They All Lived Happily Ever After
That was no one-way trade when Boston gave up its superstar for Jason Bay. The baggage-free leftfielder acquired from the Pirates is the anti-Manny in seemingly every way but one: He can rake too
NHL PREVIEW 2008--09
Why Good Teams FIGHT
With hockey's dark art making a comeback, star players have to be protected. Call it insurance or self-defense, but clubs are muscling up with a new breed of tough guy
Hossa Plays a HUNCH
All the money in the world can't buy a Stanley Cup, so free agent Marian Hossa turned down upward of $80 million for one shot at a title with mighty Detroit. He can get the rich multiyear contract later
Scouting Reports
Thirty years after the last time two teams met in back-to-back finals, history is about to repeat itself. Same finalists as in 2007--08. Same result.
Hearty Spartan
Michigan State has a real workhorse in Heisman candidate Javon Ringer. But is it riding its 5'9" senior back too hard?
Coastal Living
It backfired on the Cardinals, but the Patriots think remaining on the road for a two-game swing is the right call
The Big Done
Chase leader Jimmie Johnson avoided the crash at Talladega, but Little E's championship hopes went up in smoke
Point After