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December 12, 2005 | Volume 103, Issue 23

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Tom Brady Cover - Sports Illustrated December 12, 2005

December 12, 2005 | GRANT WAHL
During a key timeout the Baylor team got the boost it needed to complete a glorious season and uplift a tarnished school

December 12, 2005 | AUSTIN MURPHY
USC's last-second (and, yes, illegal) touchdown against Notre Dame cemented a partnership for the ages

December 12, 2005 | MICHAEL SILVER
For the second time in four years, the worst of catastrophes brought out the best in athletes, most notably NFL players

December 12, 2005 | Terry McDonell
The Laughing Wuarterback is the title of a novel that never quite made it to print but was passed around sportswriting circles a number of years ago. It was a confounding manuscript, off-center...

December 12, 2005 | Terry McDonell
1954 • ROGER BANNISTER

December 12, 2005 | S.L. Price
Lonnie's still out there. The other team members have already cooled down, munched muffins, shucked their prostheses to let the October air cool their blistered stumps; for a few of them, the...

December 12, 2005
College Basketball

December 12, 2005 | Seth Davis
Gator Aid

December 12, 2005 | Michael Farber
Better Days

December 12, 2005 | Pierre McGuire
The NFL invited NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly to Dallas this week to brief team executives on how the NHL prepared for last year's lockout. (The NFL is currently in negotiations with its...

December 12, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
Here's a First ...

December 12, 2005 | Richard Hoffer
Young Blood

December 12, 2005 | Phil Taylor
Bush's League

December 12, 2005 | Peter King
U the Man

December 12, 2005 | Peter King
HOT READ Weren't the Vikings supposed to be looking for a new coach by now? After some of his players were caught in the love boat scandal on Lake Minnetonka in early October and the team got off...

December 12, 2005 | Paul Zimmerman
I am trying to build a case for the Jaguars' being the anointed ones, the team that will bring the 12-0 Colts to earth. I'll tell you why Jacksonville has a better chance in this Sunday's game...

December 12, 2005
Big Spenders

December 12, 2005 | Tim Layden
1-2-3 Punch

December 12, 2005 | Rick Reilly
Twenty-five-point bonus question: If these people suited up tomorrow, which one wouldn't be able to rush for 1,000 yards behind the Denver Broncos' snowplow of an offensive line: a) O.J. Simpson...

December 12, 2005
Last Hurdle USC tailback Reggie Bush (page 136) struck this updated--and impromptu--Heisman pose last Saturday at the L.A. Coliseum, clearing cornerback Marcus Cassel for one of his two touchdowns...

December 12, 2005
Quad Squads

December 12, 2005 | Steve Rushin
Sports trivia is one of those phrases, like tuna fish or armed gunman, whose redundancy goes unnoticed. Sports are inherently trivial, which makes sports trivia doubly trifling, the toy department...

December 12, 2005 | John Capouya
Whether they know it or not, today's TD celebrators owe a debt to a '50s wrestler who virtually invented the idea of athletic vanity

December 12, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Drop that mascot and reach for the sky! A brief history of harmless mischief

December 12, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Retired Afleet Alex, who won this year's Preakness and Belmont (above). The colt, who finished a close-up third at the Kentucky Derby, hadn't raced since the Belmont because of a left front ankle...

December 12, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
0 Number of American-born players on the NAIA men's soccer All-America first team.

December 12, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
A big-wave star dies at the Banzai Pipeline

December 12, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Tiny--and undefeated--Portland whipped UCLA and took the NCAA soccer title

December 12, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Once thought to be too slight for the big time, Martina Hingis will try to muscle her way back to the top

December 12, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The nine-time rodeo world champion and the Grammy--nominated singer have been dating for seven years

December 12, 2005 | Adam Duerson
"I was with everyone else, making fun of figure skaters," says former Full House actor and hockey fanatic Dave Coulier. "I thought they were pansies. Then Scott Hamilton informed me, 'There are...

December 12, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Reggie Bush does it all: He runs, receives and makes sure no photographer leaves without a great closeup shot. The USC running back almost became a human lens cap during a win over UCLA. The...

December 12, 2005 | Adam Duerson
In England, 4,600 Santas competed to set a world record for running 4.5 miles while yo-yoing.

December 12, 2005 | Adam Duerson
BOB MCNAIR, Houston Texans owner, on his 1-11 team:

December 12, 2005 | Peter King
Peter King offers his 10 Things I Think I Think

December 12, 2005 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

December 12, 2005 | David Sabino
TWO FORMER Arizona Wildcats have defied expectations and become impact players as rookies.

December 12, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Wesley Beschorner LOHRVILLE, IOWA > Football

December 12, 2005 | As told to Peter King
BENGALS CORNERBACK

December 12, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
WHO'S HOT

December 12, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Which head coach is the best strategist?

December 12, 2005 | As told to Ben Reiter
Eagles safety Brian Dawkins married his high school sweetheart

December 12, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
[This article contains a table.  Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

December 12, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Seahawks running back and NFL MVP-candidate Shaun Alexander has made a name for himself in recent seasons, but throughout his career he has often been confused with the Giants' Pro Bowl running...

December 12, 2005 | Amanda Cherrin
An NFL safety and a world-class javelin thrower share their regimen

December 12, 2005 | CHARLES P. PIERCE
The Super Bowl rings are nice, but his greatest achievement grows out of a generosity of spirit that makes him a leader in the toughest times

December 12, 2005 | CHARLES P. PIERCE
For photos of Tom Brady's playoff victories and his SI covers, go to SI.com/photos.

December 12, 2005 | Peter King
In the demanding fraternity of pro football players, Brady has earned universal respect

December 12, 2005
HOW MANY TIMES DOES it happen in the course of a year? Hundreds? Thousands? How many games, matches, rounds and races distill to a seminal moment when an athlete's entire season is defined by what...

December 12, 2005 | TOM VERDUCCI
Just hours after the death of his mother, the Astros' ace took the mound and delivered a crucial late-season win

December 12, 2005 | KELLI ANDERSON
For a 23-year-old rookie to appreciate her historic accomplishment at the Indy 500, she first had to make it to the finish line

December 12, 2005 | S.L. PRICE
In trouble in the U.S. Open final against Andre Agassi, the Swiss wizard reached deep and recovered his magic touch

December 12, 2005 | John Garrity
The biggest golf story of 2005? It wasn't Tiger Woods's winning six tournaments with a rebuilt swing. (He's done that before.) It wasn't Annika Sorenstam's winning her eighth LPGA Player of the...

December 12, 2005 | Alan Shipnuck
Up & Down

December 12, 2005 | Jim Gorant
In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, one man's controversy is another's overblown nonevent. How then does one pick golf's controversy of the year? There was no shortage of dustups to choose from,...

December 12, 2005
Will Hank Haney be Tiger Woods's coach at the end of 2006?

December 12, 2005
GAINERS AND LOSERS These players made the biggest jumps up and slides down in earnings on their respective money lists. [This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

December 12, 2005 | Jeff Silverman
BRITISH GOLF LINKS

December 12, 2005 | Jim Gorant
In many circles golfers are known as nothing more than grown men chasing a little white ball while wearing ugly pants. Ian Poulter (above), a 29-year-old walking fashion "don't" from England,...

December 12, 2005 | compiled by Farrell Evans
Herbert Gustavus (Max) Faulkner, 88 One of the best-dressed major champions in golf history, Faulkner died on Feb. 16 after suffering a heart attack. Born on July 29, 1916, in Bexhill, England,...

December 12, 2005 | Jim Gorant
Nothing excites golf fans more than a head-to-head tussle between two big-name players or a back-and-forth battle down the stretch that includes just about anybody. Here are blow-by-blow recaps of...

December 12, 2005 | Chris Lewis
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December 12, 2005 | Alan Shipnuck
1] Will the U.S. ever win another Ryder Cup?

December 12, 2005 | Chris Eliopoulos
[This article consists of an illustration. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

December 12, 2005 | Alan Shipnuck
NO WONDER THE PGA Tour is going to shorten its season--who can possibly absorb all that has happened in the past 12 months? Remember way back in February, when Phil Mickelson was the most dominant...

December 12, 2005 | compiled by Gary Van Sickle
JANUARY

December 12, 2005 | Kostya Kennedy
Former NHL star Theo Fleury, now sober, is back on the ice and thriving--in Northern Ireland

December 12, 2005 | Lars Anderson
At Virginia International Raceway, car lovers have the kind of club golfers have always enjoyed

December 12, 2005 | Richard O'Brien
WITH HIGH garage fees, arcane parking rules, cavernous potholes and Mad Max traffic, owning a vintage or high-performance car in New York City seems heartbreakingly pointless. That's why they have...

December 12, 2005 | Lisa Altobelli
Redskins WR Taylor Jacobs is inspired by a brother with Down syndrome

December 12, 2005 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
SHAWNE MERRIMAN Chargers LB Merriman was nicknamed Lights Out after knocking out four players while in high school in Maryland. When he delivers a big hit, he pretends to flip the switch on his...

December 12, 2005
WITH Keary Colbert Panthers WR