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December 20, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 24

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Peyton Manning Cover - Sports Illustrated December 20, 2004

December 20, 2004
Basketbrawl

December 20, 2004
LETTERS

December 20, 2004
SI PLAYERS' Who's Hot/Who's Not (Nov. 29) mentions two hot Drews, Brees and Henson, who happen to be ex--Big Ten quarterbacks. How about another hot Drew Big Ten QB? Iowa sophomore Drew Tate...

December 20, 2004 | Luis Fernando Llosa
FEBRUARY 25, 1957

December 20, 2004 | Steve Rushin
Like Charles Foster Kane and his sled, the athlete who has everything still remembers his favorite Christmas toy. Which is why Tiger Woods, with his Gulfstream V and his $20 million yacht and his...

December 20, 2004 | Michael Farber
While the union and owners grope toward a meaningful dialogue, fans, players and coaches face a holiday season without NHL hockey

December 20, 2004
If you need help finding something for the sports nut on your list, our gift guide has ideas to fit big- and small-market budgets

December 20, 2004 | Grant Wahl
Mia Hamm's legacy will include more than her substantial gift for scoring goals

December 20, 2004
$29.99 Price of the belt Tigers outfielder Craig Monroe allegedly shoplifted from a department store in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Dec. 3.

December 20, 2004 | Kevin Kerr
A new exhibit showcases a competitive culture

December 20, 2004
Staked his claim as boxing’s top heavyweight with an eight-round demolition of Danny Williams last Saturday, Vitali Klitschko, one of the division’s three world champs. The 6'7", 250pound...

December 20, 2004 | Arash Markazi
USC’s cool QB wins the Heisman by a surprisingly wide margin

December 20, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. This is my last column until 2005. If anyone needs to reach me, I'll be at the Verne Lundquist Fantasy Camp.

December 20, 2004 | Garry Kasparov
The 41-year-old grandmaster just released Garry Kasparov on Fischer, the fourth of a six-volume series on chess greats.

December 20, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Karl Malone hasn't taken a shot yet this season, but according to Kobe Bryant, the Mailman has been making passes. The feud between the former Lakers teammates got nastier on Sunday when Bryant...

December 20, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Police in Wales had to use pepper spray to break up a brawl among charity race runners in Santa suits.

December 20, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Patriots coach, when asked what kind of dog chewed up his beloved autographed copy of PB: The Paul Brown Story: "A dead dog."

December 20, 2004
It's time for our seventh annual Baggie Awards. Or is it the sixth annual? We'll check with Wimbledon chair umpire Ted Watts and get back to you. In any case, it is time to recognize the best and...

December 20, 2004
Whom should SI pick as its college football player of the year?

December 20, 2004
Departments

December 20, 2004 | Yi-Wyn Yen
Early in The Shaun White Album, pro skateboarders Tony Hawk and Bucky Lasek notice a skinny red-headed kid hanging around their turf. The skaters decide to have some fun with him, grabbing his...

December 20, 2004 | Julia Morrill
What to watch and watch for

December 20, 2004
Kristan Glover EVANS, GA. > Fast-pitch Softball

December 20, 2004 | David Sabino
The Season Of No 'L'

December 20, 2004 | Peter King
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December 20, 2004
WHO'S Hot

December 20, 2004
[Based on a survey of 354 players]

December 20, 2004
For daily Web-only Leading Off galleries, go to SI.com/scorecard.

December 20, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
The NFL’s oldest lineman, Washington’s Ray Brown, uses Pilates to keep his body young

December 20, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
JERRY RICE, Seahawks WR, age 42 “During my younger days I always felt like I could do more, so I would push myself harder,” he says. “Now I listen to my body. I think I have really learned how to...

December 20, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
When it came to being bookish in 2004, TO, Favre and others showed some spine

December 20, 2004 | Christian Fauria
Patriots Tight End

December 20, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
KEVIN CARTER, TITANS DE The Grapes of Wrath, 1939, 619 pages by John Steinbeck

December 20, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
PLAY WITH PASSION • By Brad Johnson, Bucs QB Positively for Kids, Ages 9-14

December 20, 2004 | Sarah Thurmond
SI Players’ Sarah Thurmond went to the table to find out

December 20, 2004 | Sarah Thurmond
WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS: Cardinals guard Leonard (Big) Davis, the NFL’s heaviest player (384 pounds; 6'6"), eats two bowls of Lucky Charms for breakfast.... ...

December 20, 2004 | MICHAEL SILVER
The Colts' Peyton Manning is on the verge of breaking a hallowed record by throwing for more touchdowns than one of his idols

December 20, 2004 | MICHAEL SILVER
IN 13 GAMES this season Peyton Manning has thrown for 46 touchdowns. Here's how many games other notable quarterbacks have needed to throw their most recent 46 TD passes.

December 20, 2004 | David Sabino
HERE'S WHAT KIND of year it has been for Peyton Manning. On Sunday he completed 26 of 33 passes for 298 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, yet his passer rating dropped. As he closes...

December 20, 2004 | CHRIS BALLARD
The supersurprising Sonics are off to a torrid start--and doubters (this can't last!) are beginning to believe

December 20, 2004 | GRANT WAHL
A high-flying forward and new pilot, Joey Graham is the breakout star for unbeaten Oklahoma State--and twin brother Stephen is his trusty wingman

December 20, 2004 | TOM VERDUCCI
Any questions about the economic state of the game were answered at the winter meetings, where teams spent like crazy on pitching

December 20, 2004 | TOM VERDUCCI
2005: DIAMONDBACKS

December 20, 2004 | Michael Bamberger
He was the nation's best high school pitcher, bound for the Florida Marlins and stardom. But Jeff Allison also had a drug addiction, and it nearly killed him

December 20, 2004 | Albert Chen
A powerful medicine for pain, OxyContin has quickly become a dangerous street drug

December 20, 2004
The Week In Sports

December 20, 2004 | Peter King
With Charlie Weis on his way to Notre Dame, Bill Belichick may be the guy to take over the Pats’ offense

December 20, 2004 | Peter King
DIRE STRAITS IN BIG D

December 20, 2004
COLTS’ SALARY CAP

December 20, 2004 | Peter King
HOT TOPIC

December 20, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
In the middle of the Seahawks-Vikings game, as defensive backs were chasing receivers all over the TV screen, I heard Fox analyst Cris Collinsworth say, “Two high-scoring offenses, no defense. My...

December 20, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
In a funk after a series of screwups, Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony has rediscovered his grin and his game

December 20, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
On the surprising Wizards (12--6 at week's end) and their scoring trio of Antawn Jamison, Gilbert Arenas and Larry Hughes, who all played for the Warriors in 2001--02:

December 20, 2004 | Chris Mannix
L.A.’S BOBBY SIMMONS

December 20, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
AROUND THE RIM

December 20, 2004 | Kelley King
Everyone wanted to play for Steve Spurrier at Florida. Recruiting for South Carolina may not be as easy

December 20, 2004 | Seth Davis
With no inside game and a brutal nonconference schedule, a young Indiana team is taking its lumps early

December 20, 2004 | Seth Davis
1 Memphis is in a major tailspin. The Tigers followed up the 19-point drubbing they took from Pitt by losing 65–53 to Ole Miss, which had a 2–4 record. The loss was Memphis’s fourth in its last...

December 20, 2004 | Rick Reilly
He's just a walk-on. Number 39 in your program, zero in your heart. Means nothing to you. Just another sadly spotless jersey on the sideline.

December 20, 2004
The Supersurprising Sonics