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February 21, 2005 | Volume 102, Issue 8

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Lebron James Cover - Sports Illustrated February 21, 2005

February 21, 2005
Rocky Road

February 21, 2005
LETTERS

February 21, 2005 | Steve Rushin
If February is the dullest month on the sports calendar, it's not the fault of the sports. It's the fault of the calendar. For two millennia, man has measured his years mainly by the Julian...

February 21, 2005 | Grant Wahl
The unspoken rule is, Don't knock the jocks. But should TV analysts pull their punches when criticizing the performance of big-time college athletes?

February 21, 2005 | Jack McCallum
In their long and brilliant NBA careers, Karl Malone and Reggie Miller did everything but win a ring

February 21, 2005 | Tim Layden
Unable to land a college head coaching job, USC's offensive guru goes to the NFL

February 21, 2005
Retired After 19 seasons in the majors, 12-time All-Star shortstop Barry Larkin. The Cincinnati native spent his entire career with the Reds (it was the longest tenure with one team among active...

February 21, 2005 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. I feel so foolish. I shelled out 10 bucks to see Hitch, then found out it wasn't a documentary about Kevin James's backswing.

February 21, 2005 | Jeff Gordon
The four-time Nextel Cup champion will kick off his 12th season this Sunday at the Daytona 500 (page 48)

February 21, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
What to watch and watch for

February 21, 2005 | Mark Bechtel
Instead of attempting to present a comprehensive history, The Team That Changed the World, a fantastic new documentary (PBS, Feb. 24, 9 p.m., or check local listings) on the Harlem Globetrotters,...

February 21, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
■ Hyped as "the mother (and daughter) of all reality shows," Gastineau Girls was to make its premiere on Tuesday night on E! The series follows Brittny and Lisa Gastineau (below)--the 22-year-old...

February 21, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
A Welsh rugby fan celebrated a win over England by cutting off his testicles.

February 21, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
Former Negro leagues star, on baseball's steroid controversy (page 39): "Our steroids were white beans, corn bread and pig's feet."

February 21, 2005
Yvonne Mensah

February 21, 2005
"You honestly don't really feel it wHEN THE SHOTS ARE GOING DOWN. You don't ever get the goose bumps until the fans start to appreciate what you're doing." ALLEN IVERSON Sixers guard, after...

February 21, 2005
WHO'S Hot

February 21, 2005
[Based on a survey of 227 NBA players]

February 21, 2005
After the big game we asked Patriots TE Christian Fauria to share his personal snapshots

February 21, 2005 | Antwan Jamison
What was your welcome-to-the-NBA moment? My first game at home [with Golden State in 1998], I was up against Charles Barkley. I had my family in the front row, and he realized that. He said, 'I'm...

February 21, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
How a soccer legend keeps going strong

February 21, 2005 | TOM VERDUCCI
Spring training is the season of optimism, so what better time to suggest that the Steroid Era is drawing to a close and a fresh and better day is about to bloom?

February 21, 2005 | Tom Verducci
Jose Canseco's book bashes Mark McGwire but raises more questions than it answers

February 21, 2005 | Tom Verducci
TRUTH AND logic have not always been Jose Canseco's companions. In Juiced he wrongly writes, for instance, that baseball owners were "caught colluding again" last year. He writes that owners threw...

February 21, 2005 | Lars Anderson
With the Nextel Cup roaring to life this eek at Daytona, SI gets some answers from the men behind the wheel, including defending champ Kurt Busch (above), profiles last year's top rookie and...

February 21, 2005 | Lars Anderson
FEB. 20

February 21, 2005
BASEBALL

February 21, 2005 | LARS ANDERSON
The freshest face in Nextel Cup belongs to 2004 Rookie of the Year Kasey Kahne, but don't let those apple cheeks fool you--the 24-year-old driver has everything it takes to win

February 21, 2005 | LARS ANDERSON
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CHASE. After a 26-race "regular season," the top 10 drivers in the standings put the hammer down for a 10-race "playoff" in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Here's how they'll rank...

February 21, 2005 | KELLI ANDERSON
Though he hails from a country not known for producing basketball prodigies, Utah sophomore Andrew Bogut has become the best big man in this nation

February 21, 2005 | KELLI ANDERSON
Although the two best players in Australia's history are a forward (Andrew Gaze) and a guard (Shane Heal), Oz has become a popular spot for Division I coaches to find big men. More than 100...

February 21, 2005
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February 21, 2005 | MICHAEL FARBER
While a labor dispute was killing this season, optimists at the NHL donned rose-colored glasses to look beyond a grim present to a future of more scoring, tight sweaters and HDTV

February 21, 2005 | Lester Munson
Players and owners will weigh legal options

February 21, 2005 | CHARLES P. PIERCE
When you consider the dazzling arc of his career, it's no surprise that LeBron James, at the tender age of 20, is being measured against the greatest players in the NBA

February 21, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
SI's Ian Thomsen presents a medley of select midseason lineups, some of which players and coaches would strongly prefer not to crack

February 21, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
Until teams can control or unload players who behave badly, the league will suffer in the public's eyes

February 21, 2005 | Jack McCallum
The NBA is providing more end-to-end action and scintillating star power than it has in many years

February 21, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
Here is history that will be made before next season tips off

February 21, 2005
The Week In Sports

February 21, 2005 | Peter King
The Patriots' Tom Brady is SI's Player of the Year for the way he performed when the stakes were highest

February 21, 2005 | Julia Morrill
An NBA scout evaluates Arizona guard Salim Stoudamire, a 6'1", 176-pound senior who was averaging 17.9 points and leading the nation in three-point shooting (54.7%) at week's end.

February 21, 2005 | Julia Morrill
Georgetown has made a quick return to national prominence thanks to a new coach with a very familiar name

February 21, 2005 | Andrew Lawrence
IOWA'S PIERRE PIERCE

February 21, 2005 | Julia Morrill
FLAGRANT FOUL?

February 21, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Bowling Green goalie Jordan Sigalet hasn't let multiple sclerosis slow his run for the Hobey Baker Award

February 21, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Besides Jordan Sigalet, here are four top contenders for the Hobey Baker Award (stats through Sunday). Ten finalists will be announced next month.

February 21, 2005 | Rick Reilly
Julio Franco will be playing baseball for the Atlanta Braves this season at the age of 47. He hit .309 in 2004 and just signed a one-year, $1 million deal.

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February 21, 2005
PLUS

February 21, 2005 | GEORGE LOPEZ
Can a 14-handicap Latino comedian find success--and laughs--at Pebble Beach?

February 21, 2005 | JIM GORANT
The 18th at Pebble is golf's version of the Emperor's New Clothes. The new trees, bunkers and crumbling coastline have turned it into a joke.

February 21, 2005 | Paul Jenkins
Life and Times on the PGA Tour

February 21, 2005 | Phil Mickelson
After his back-to-back wins and going wire to wire at Pebble Beach, we wondered, What will Phil do next?

February 21, 2005 | Phil Mickelson
• GIRLS' RULE The Ladies Golf Union says that transsexuals can play in the Women's British Open. At least one ruling body isn't worried about equipment changes ruining the game.

February 21, 2005 | Phil Mickelson
14 Wins on the West Coast swing for Mickelson, tying Arnold Palmer for the most ever.

February 21, 2005 | Mark O'meara
* JEN AND BRAD They seemed like the perfect couple! * JEN AND VINCE VAUGHN'S KISS Didn't take long. * CAMILLA PARKER-BOWLES Lady Di was irreplaceable. * SOCIAL SECURITY They shouldn't privatize...

February 21, 2005 | Jim Gorant
It's fun to check out the outfits worn by the celebrities at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Often they're fashion forward, but sometimes one is left wondering, Where have I seen that before?

February 21, 2005 | Jim Gorant
WHO: Phil Mickelson

February 21, 2005 | Jim Gorant
In the long run, is Mickelson making a mistake by abandoning the swing that won him the Masters?

February 21, 2005 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
They say you can tell a lot about a man by the way he plays golf. That's why all eyes were on Ted Forstmann as he made his debut as the owner of IMG

February 21, 2005
Pro bowling pioneer Dick Weber became his sport's first superstar

February 21, 2005
2 Times that a $47,000 check the Trail Blazers' Zach Randolph wrote to the Portland Parks and Recreation department bounced; the team wired money to cover the donation.