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September 17, 2001 | Volume 95, Issue 11

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David Carr Cover - Sports Illustrated September 17, 2001

September 17, 2001
Scrambled LegsPatrick Rafter gets a little crossed up while getting whipped by Pete Sampras during their U.S. Open fourth-round match (page 40).

September 17, 2001 | Rick Reilly
The next time you think your job sucks, consider the 47 Japanese journalists who gather each day at the foot of a mute god—the Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki.

September 17, 2001
Simple MathThe Big 12 (including Nebraska and Oklahoma, above) is the only conference that had three teams ranked in your top 10 and four in your top 15, and one of only two that had five teams in...

September 17, 2001
Letters•Our e-mail address is letters@si.timeinc.com.•Our fax number is 212-467-4049.•Or you can send your letter to:The Editor, Sports Illustrated, 135 West 50th Street, New York, N.Y....

September 17, 2001 | Elizabeth Newman
MAY 3, 1982

September 17, 2001 | Steve Rushin
Give us kickers getting pancaked and Don Knotts at fullback to juice up the NFL

September 17, 2001 | Chris Ballard
Highlights

September 17, 2001 | John O'Keefe
One of college football's most unlikely kingmakers employs his website to explain his system

September 17, 2001 | Chris Ballard
In the opening scene of Go Tigers!, Ken Carlson's fascinating documentary about high school football in Massillon, Ohio, which opens on Sept. 21, booster club president Todd Schumacher is shown...

September 17, 2001 | John O'Keefe
Net gain: Last Saturday night's all-Williams U.S. Open women's tennis final on CBS trounced ABC's football matchup between Nebraska and Notre Dame 7.7 to 4.4 in the overnight Nielsens. Will CBS...

September 17, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
Enough, already! John McEnroe's mighty mouth threatens to devour tennis

September 17, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
Björn Borg.At bjornborg.net, offers eponymous line of leisurewear, handbags and perfumes, plus manifesto against underpopulation ("Drop your pants or drop dead").

September 17, 2001
Dodgers Outfielder Shawn Green's decision to sit out L.A.'s Sept. 26 game against the Giants—a matchup that could have an impact on the Dodgers' postseason hopes—to observe Yom Kippur isn't the...

September 17, 2001
Jazz officials must have shuddered when Karl Malone announced he'll drive a monster truck on the U.S. Hot Rod Association's Monster Jam Circuit. The Mailman, though, is apparently within his...

September 17, 2001
2Basketball players on the court for Bosnia and Herzegovina at the end of its 101-77 loss to Greece during the European championship tournament, after referees ejected every player on both benches...

September 17, 2001
Who says Keanu Reeves has limited range? In his new film, Hardball (above, left), opening Friday, Reeves plays a baseball coach, his latest athletic role. A review of his career stats:

September 17, 2001
The NFL's "This is what it's all about" campaign

September 17, 2001
Declined•By the Dodgers, a Giants request that the two teams dress in 1951-style uniforms at PacBeli Park on Sept. 16 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard 'Round the...

September 17, 2001
Ah, parting is such sweet sorrow. But if you're a future Hall of Famer, it can also be rather lucrative. Take Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn, who in their final visits as players to major league...

September 17, 2001
Ichiro fever continues unabated in Japan, where every move Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki makes is reported and dissected (page 112). Not even the recent allegation of an extramarital affair...

September 17, 2001
During its game with visiting Wofford, Clemson ordered its marching band and cheerleaders to remain silent during breaks in the action so that TV commercials could be played on the Memorial...

September 17, 2001
JESPER PARNEVIKSwedish golfer, on how Sergio Garcia (right) occupied himself during a three-day visit to Parnevik's house: "He took care of the kids for a while, and he was chasing the nannies...

September 17, 2001 | Grant Wahl
A string of losses has damaged the U.S.'s chances of reaching the World Cup

September 17, 2001 | Ron Fimrite
The Undefeatedby Jim Dent/Thomas Dunne Books, $24.95

September 17, 2001
Ronda Rousey, SANTA MONICA, CALIF.JudoRonda, 14, went 9-0 while winning the 13-14 age-group national, international and Junior Olympic gold medals in the 134-pound class this summer. She also was...

September 17, 2001
Kickoff

September 17, 2001 | S.L. Price
The battle for supremacy in the women's game seemed over after the Williams sisters dominated the U.S. Open as never before

September 17, 2001 | Austin Murphy
With Wins over three big-time teams, little-known Fresno State has stunned everyone in college football-but itself

September 17, 2001 | Austin Murphy
Since Pat Hill took over as Fresno State's coach in 1997, the Bulldogs have taken their licks against schools from major conferences frequently on the road. This season Fresno State is the one...

September 17, 2001 | Michael Silver
As Donovan McNabb and the Eagles discovered in a hard-fought overtime loss, the once-pathetic St. Louis defense is no longer a pushover

September 17, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
Making himself right at home with the defending NFL champions, Elvis Grbac rallied the Ravens to a win over the Bears

September 17, 2001 | Jeff Pearlman
No longer the National League's dominant team, the Braves have had to use grit on the road and even a fortysomething pickup to mount another title run

September 17, 2001
Catch Peter King's exclusive take on Sunday's NFL action every Monday morning, while Dr. Z rates every team each Tuesday at cnnsi.com/football.

September 17, 2001 | Austin Murphy
Pushed hard by a Woody Hayes protégé, nice-guy Washington tackle Larry Tripplett has learned to be nasty—at least on the field

September 17, 2001
The NFL

September 17, 2001 | Peter King
Coming-Out PartyRicky Williams is a new man but showed his old stuff as the Saints whipped the Bills

September 17, 2001 | Peter King
•WORD ASSOCIATION

September 17, 2001 | Peter King
One AFC scout who watched two Colts preseason games liked what he saw of 38-year-old backup quarterback Mark Rypien, who left the game three years ago to deal with the illness and subsequent death...

September 17, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
Weird things always happen in Week I, so when you hear those guys on TV saying, "What a wild and wacky Sunday," bear in mind that the only wacky thing would be a run of games that followed form....

September 17, 2001 | Ivan Maisel
Steppin' OutIn a rare out-of-town nonconference test, Kansas State started a run at a BCS berth

September 17, 2001 | Ivan Maisel
•YA GOTTA LOVE THIS GUY

September 17, 2001 | Ivan Maisel
Although it's still early, several freshmen—true and redshirt—have given more to their teams than anyone had reason to expect. Here are our top five.

September 17, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
Kentucky's Antonio Hall takes his singing as seriously as his football

September 17, 2001 | Brian Cazeneuve
On in an Off YearThree bright new faces brought luster to track and field's post-Sydney season

September 17, 2001 | Brian Cazeneuve
Tasha Schwikert beat the odds and vaulted to the top of U.S. gymnastics

September 17, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
The Real DealThe White Sox have turned up an ace in polished young lefthander Mark Buehrle

September 17, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
It's not how you start, it's how you finish—that's the mantra hitters chant when they find themselves in a slump early in the season. No one is finishing with more of a flourish than Rangers...

September 17, 2001 | John Ed Bradley
The long, hard road to the major leagues starts in places like Great Falls, Montana. Come along for the ride as two Dodgers farmhands start their journey

September 17, 2001 | Kelli Anderson
Riding a surge of American interest, Lance Armstrong's first U.S. race in years stirred up a huge crowd

September 17, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
With her gymnast's training, Dallas Friday has vaulted to stardom as a wakeboarder

September 17, 2001
SeaworthyPaddling his kayak 75 grueling days, at a cost of 42 pounds, Peter Bray made transatlantic history

September 17, 2001
That a monarch is an accomplished rally car racer, mountaineer and canyoneer is pretty cool in itself. That a monarch would spend five days with a television crew demonstrating his prowess in...

September 17, 2001
Organizing the Bog Snorkeling World Championships is a dirty job, but Gordon Green says he's happy to do it

September 17, 2001
Mountain biking pioneer Neil Murdoch was arrested by a U.S. marshal in Taos, N.Mex., last week, nearly 30 years after he went on the lam to avoid drug-smuggling charges in New Mexico. According to...

September 17, 2001
Power plantDuring the Roar of the Rockies boat race in Windsor, Colo., on Sept. 2, Drexel Brandenburg made a sudden unplanned move to the starboard side.

September 17, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
A new surfing documentary provides a jaw-dropping look at the swell hell that is Mavericks

September 17, 2001
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September 17, 2001
Charley Brackett, Alstead, N.H.CanoeingBrackett, 38, won three age-group gold medals at the Whitewater Open Canoe National Championships in Ohiopyle, Pa. He took first in the solo formula 16...

September 17, 2001 | Austin Murphy
Goodbye and good riddance to the Summer of the Dull-Eyed Predator, the silent, voracious seeker of vulnerable flesh. But enough about Congressman Condit. Let's talk about sharks. There have been...

September 17, 2001 | E.M. Swift
The inaugural Discovery Channel World Championship lived up to its billing as one coldhearted adventure race, but it took a tragic toll in doing so