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January 24, 2005 | Volume 102, Issue 3

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Tedy Bruschi Cover - Sports Illustrated January 24, 2005

January 24, 2005
Atlas Shrugged

January 24, 2005
Saving Face Didn't Ben Roethlisberger appear in FACES IN THE CROWD when he played quarterback for Findlay (Ohio) High? Rex Bishop, King George, Va.

January 24, 2005
LETTERS

January 24, 2005 | Steve Rushin
Of the many longstanding rivalries in sports--Yankees versus Red Sox, 'Noles versus 'Canes, the People versus Mike Tyson--none is quite as big as Boston University versus Boston College in...

January 24, 2005 | Austin Murphy
Matt Leinart will stay at USC, where he's won the Heisman, dated a model and led the Trojans to a national title. Who says youth is wasted on the young?

January 24, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Baseball's new steroid policy is better than its old one--but that's not saying much

January 24, 2005 | Albert Chen
Still facing a manslaughter charge, Jayson Williams starts a comeback in Idaho

January 24, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
7 Points scored in a 5--2 basketball win by Vermont's Bellows Free Academy over Milton High on Jan. 12; the state's high schools don't use a shot clock.

January 24, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
For former Raider Barret Robbins, the center will not hold

January 24, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
Missed by amateur Michelle Wie, 15, the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Wie, who came within a shot of reaching the third round at the 2004 Sony, her PGA Tour debut, was nine over in her first...

January 24, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
The engagement lasted longer than expected, but Olympic softball ace Jennie Finch and Diamondbacks minor league pitcher Casey Daigle threw a wedding worth waiting for last Saturday. (They planned...

January 24, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
An Illinois high school basketball coach was fired for drawing up a play that had a player throw the ball at a heckler.

January 24, 2005 | Bill Scheft
BEFORE WE GET STARTED, IF anyone needs me this week I'll be in Times Square at midnight, waiting for Gary Bettman to drop the ball on the NHL season.

January 24, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
Baseball Hall of Famer and Washington manager, recalling that a scout once told his mother that Robinson could sign for $3,500. "My mother said, 'That's fine, but I don't think I have $3,500.'"

January 24, 2005 | Ice Cube
The 35-year-old actor and rapper plays a sports collectibles dealer in the comedy Are We There Yet? opening on Friday

January 24, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
Christine Sinclair

January 24, 2005 | Nancy Ramsey
When coach Ken Carter padlocked the gym at Richmond (Calif.) High in January 1999 and refused to let his 13--0 Oilers on the court until their academic work showed improvement, the...

January 24, 2005 | Julia Morrill
What to watch and watch for

January 24, 2005 | Peter King
• ON PRE-NFL ASSIGNMENTS I was a quarterback at Forest Park (Ga.) High. Then my freshman year at Georgia I played running back, but at 165 pounds I took a pounding. They moved me to receiver as a...

January 24, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
WHO'S Hot

January 24, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
[Based on a survey of 207 NBA players]

January 24, 2005 | Sarah Thurmond
WHATEVER THRILLS Sunday's NFC title game (Falcons-Eagles) yields, it will be hard-pressed to match the 1982 game in which, with 51 seconds left, 49ers receiver Dwight Clark leaped to make a...

January 24, 2005 | Ben Reiter
In 1969 Jets QB Joe Namath guaranteed that his 17 1/2-point underdog Jets would whip the Colts in Super Bowl III (above). They did. Last week Jets DE Shaun Ellis boasted his team would beat the...

January 24, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
His first major injury behind him, a perennial All-Pro muscles up for a comeback

January 24, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
FOR BREAKFAST I have a plain egg-white omelet (three eggs) and bottled water. For lunch, a piece of grilled or seared fish with white rice or a bowl of chicken-and-rice soup. And water. I drink...

January 24, 2005 | Jermaine O'Neal
What was your welcome-to-the-NBA moment? "Putting on the jersey for the first time. I think it was my birthday [Oct. 13]. It was a preseason game. Just putting on that jersey and walking on the...

January 24, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Yum: cheese on steak, mustard on pretzels, Eagles on the field in January

January 24, 2005 | Adam Duerson
A former Eagle reflects

January 24, 2005 | MICHAEL SILVER
New England showed it is still the team to beat by rocking Peyton Manning and the high-powered Colts

January 24, 2005
• For daily Web-only Leading Off galleries, go to si.com/scorecard.

January 24, 2005 | Josh Elliott
With its blitzing defense disrupting the Minnesota passing game, Philadelphia made it four NFC title games in four years

January 24, 2005 | Peter King
Using its big backs to bore a hole through the New York defense, Pittsburgh rallied and got its rookie quarterback off the hook

January 24, 2005 | Jeffri Chadiha
Atlanta unleashed its rushing attack against St. Louis and proved there's more to the offense than Michael Vick

January 24, 2005 | Paul Zimmerman
Picking an upset is tempting, but the Eagles and the Patriots have too much going for them

January 24, 2005 | GRANT WAHL
In the grand tradition of despised Dukies, cocky, sure-shooting J.J. Redick is the player that fans love to hate

January 24, 2005 | E.M. SWIFT
Michelle Kwan made history with her ninth win at the U.S. championships, but daring 15-year-old Kimmie Meissner almost stole the show

January 24, 2005 | MICHAEL FARBER
When it came to signing a pair of marquee Latin free agents, Mets general manager Omar Minaya knew precisely the right language: español--and dinero

January 24, 2005 | Karl Taro Greenfeld
The next LeBron? Some say 14-year-old Demetrius Walker is on the express to the NBA. Others say he's traveling too quickly, too soon

January 24, 2005 | Andrew Lawrence
Before Demetrius, before LeBron, there was teen sensation Schea Cotton, who couldn't live up to the hype

January 24, 2005
WRESTLING

January 24, 2005 | Mark Beech
A savvy coach and a big-name transfer from Iowa have Oklahoma State rolling toward a third straight title

January 24, 2005 | Kelley King
 Top QB Ryan Perrilloux wasn't among the high school players who named their colleges at the U.S. Army Bowl

January 24, 2005 | Kelley King
East St. John High quarterback Ryan Perrilloux isn't the only blue-chip prospect who's undecided on college as the Feb. 2 signing date nears. Here are five others.

January 24, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
Wisconsin extended its home winning streak to a nation-leading 38 games by knocking off No. 15 Michigan State

January 24, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
NBA scouts evaluate the potential of Mississippi State All-America forwardLawrence Roberts,a 6'9", 240-pound senior who was averaging 18.9 points and 11.5 rebounds at week's end:

January 24, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
TRULY FOUL SHOTS

January 24, 2005 | Seth Davis
BLUEGRASS BLUES

January 24, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
Preseason howling about roles and contracts has sidetracked Minnesota, which needs a unified D to gain ground

January 24, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
On Nets point guard Jason Kidd, who at week's end was averaging 10.9 points and 6.6 assists since returning from left knee surgery:

January 24, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
ANTOINE WALKER

January 24, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
AROUND THE RIM

January 24, 2005 | Rick Reilly
It's just flat wrong. Randy Moss scores a touchdown and pantomimes mooning the crowd. Shame on him! Terrell Owens scores a TD and rips down the opposing fans' banners. Disgusting! Really, I'm...

January 24, 2005
ROAD TO THE SUPERBOWL