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November 12, 2001 | Volume 95, Issue 19

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 Cover - Sports Illustrated November 12, 2001

November 12, 2001 | Tim Alan Smith
DECEMBER 20, 1954

November 12, 2001
A Wing and a PrayerIn your overrated and underrated issue (The Ratings Game, Aug. 27), Michael Farber wrote that in hockey, experience is overrated and speed is underrated. Then, in the NHL...

November 12, 2001
Letters

November 12, 2001 | Steve Rushin
Paul Revere had nothing on today's bleary-eyed World Series viewers

November 12, 2001 | Richard Deitsch
Highlights

November 12, 2001 | John O'Keefe
At globe-trotting telebasket.com, you can get the lowdown on basketball highfliers in 38 countries

November 12, 2001 | John O'Keefe
Diamondbacks Manager Bob Brenly wasn't the only person who looked relieved at 11:40 p.m. on Oct. 31, when closer Byung-Hyun Kim finished striking out the side in the bottom of the eighth inning of...

November 12, 2001 | John O'Keefe
Tim McCarver's last 2001 World Series call was his best. With one out in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7, the bases full and the score 2-2, the Fox analyst said the Yankees should play their...

November 12, 2001 | Albert Chen
Parity gives every NFL team a shot, which makes each week a thrill

November 12, 2001 | Tim Layden
Between Winter Olympics, skiing lives in a far corner of the sporting public's consciousness, playing out spectacularly but with scant fanfare on distant mountains. Come the Games, though, it...

November 12, 2001 | Tim Layden
$2,595Cost of a 14-karat gold replica Lakers 2001 championship ring at the NBA store in New York.

November 12, 2001 | Tim Layden
THIS WEEK: BUSHKAZI

November 12, 2001
We asked people on the streets of the Windy City, the town that Michael Jordan built: Hey, Chicago, what do you think of MJ's comeback?

November 12, 2001
The 2001 World Series will go down as that of the comeback. So how does it rank among the biggest comebacks in world history? Here are the 10 greatest, according to us.

November 12, 2001
Fined•Suns coach Scott Skiles, by himself, for saying it was "a joke" that Game 3 of the World Series was shown on the America West Arena's JumboTron screens during the Suns' Oct. 30 home opener....

November 12, 2001 | Anna Holmes
Carol Langley, 38, a producer for Fox Sports, monitors the audio coming from miked coaches to find snippets for Fox's "Sounds of the Game" feature. She worked every game of this year's World Series.

November 12, 2001
Diamondbacks reserve outfielder David Dellucci may not have gotten a lot of exposure during the World Series, but his girlfriend more than made up for it. Dellucci is dating Gena Lee Nolin, star...

November 12, 2001
Loveland (Colo.) High football coach John Poovey was suspended after his players were found to have smeared their jerseys with Pam nonstick cooking spray to become harder to block and tackle.

November 12, 2001
KEVIN GARNETTTimberwolves forward, on stirring up the Target Center crowd: "It's got to be a rat house in here. It's got to be crazy. I'm talking about, 'The first 10,000 beers are on me!' "

November 12, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
In New York, Deena Drossin proved the U.S. is making strides at that distance

November 12, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Darren Flutie, a record-threatening CFL receiver, is also a dirt salesman

November 12, 2001 | Michael Farber
Montreal Gazette beat writer Red Fisher, 75, has a unique way of covering the NHL

November 12, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
Virginia tight end Chris Luzar has mastered the art of chain saw sculpture

November 12, 2001
•BEARING DOWNBears rookie running back Anthony Thomas, who averaged 5.4 yards per carry last season as a senior at Michigan, has gained 5.1 yards per attempt through his first seven NFL games (535...

November 12, 2001
Kim Willoughby, NAPOLEONVILLE, LA.VolleyballWilloughby, a sophomore outside hitter at Hawaii, set a Western Athletic Conference women's record for kills in a match, when she had 43 in leading the...

November 12, 2001
BEARING DOWN: d. In 1934 Beattie Feathers rushed for 1,004 yards on 119 carries for an average of 8.4 yards, a Bears and NFL record that still stands.

November 12, 2001 | Tom Verducci
In a scintillating World Series, marked by amazing comebacks, THE DIAMONDBACKS outdueled the Yankees to win their first championship

November 12, 2001 | Ian Thomsen
Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning is proving a worthy namesake to father Archie and brother Peyton

November 12, 2001
Got a college football question for Ivan Maisel? Chat with SI's gridiron guru every Friday at 2 p.m. EST at cnnsi.com/football/college.

November 12, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
The Bears staged a furious rally to pull out their sixth straight victory—and their second in a row in overtime

November 12, 2001 | Jack McCallum
In the first week of his comeback Michael Jordan shot poorly, passed deftly and launched a new era for the young Wizards

November 12, 2001 | Michael Farber
Thrashers rookie wings Ilya Kovalchuk, 18, and Dany Heatley, 20, are not only fast friends and linemates, but also poetry on ice

November 12, 2001 | Frank Deford
For Milwaukee Bucks coach George Karl, romance—and an NBA career—are clearly better the second time around

November 12, 2001
Duque It OutSupine Yankee catcher Jorge Posada keeps a firm grasp on the ball while teammate Orlando Hernandez loses his grip as he urges home plate umpire Ed Rapuano to punch out Diamondback...

November 12, 2001
Collage Football

November 12, 2001 | Ivan Maisel
Second ChanceWith time on its side, Michigan State knocked off Michigan on the last play

November 12, 2001 | Ivan Maisel
•YA GOTTA LOVE THIS GUYWhen a back averages 24 carries a game, he knows how to take a lick, but Georgia Tech junior tailback Joe Burns had never felt anything like the sting of the criticism he...

November 12, 2001 | Chris Ballard
Tony Stallings loves his, er, pets—as much as he does playing at Louisville

November 12, 2001 | Peter King
Helping HandThings are looking up for the Cowboys, but their front office is still at least a man short

November 12, 2001 | Peter King
•WORD ASSOCIATIONWith Pro Bowl wideout Joe Horn (left) of the Saints

November 12, 2001 | Peter King
Owners approved the extension of the collective bargaining agreement through 2006 at last week's fall meeting, but don't assume players will ratify the deal. They want assurances that the salary...

November 12, 2001 | Richard Hoffer
Zab Gets ZappedUnderdog Kostya Tszyu separated Zab Judah from his senses—and his title

November 12, 2001 | Richard O'Brien
1. ZAB JUDAHBest Saturday-night pratfall since Chevy Chase.

November 12, 2001 | Rick Reilly
Would you send your junior high football team to play a high school squad? Of course not! They'd get whacked. Did you think it was fair that busloads of 12-year-olds got whiffed by 14-year-old...

November 12, 2001 | Rick Lipsey
When it comes to golf collectibles, this father and son team from Cincinnati wrote the book

November 12, 2001 | John Garrity
Opening day is nearing, and the greening of the Florida track has to happen fast

November 12, 2001 | John Garrity
The first time assistant course superintendent John Drouse mowed the steep, 30-foot-high bank behind the new 6th green, he felt like a teenager on a roller coaster. "I was kind of shaky in the...

November 12, 2001
•World SeriesCanadian Mike Weir's victory, in overtime, is his third on Tour but first in the U.S.

November 12, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
Blimp ReturnsUp, Up And Away

November 12, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
There is no quick fix for what's really ailing the Senior tour—a shortage of star power. Ben Crenshaw and Fuzzy Zoeller will be nice additions next year, but they are not the answer. Tom Watson...

November 12, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
What do these players have in common?

November 12, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
Aside from Woods, who would get your vote for PGA Tour player of the year?

November 12, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
The 2000 season was considered a vintage year on the PGA Tour. Here's how 2001 compared.

November 12, 2001 | Gary Van Sickle
Oh, say can you see...anything these days that doesn't come in a Stars and Stripes motif? A few minutes on the Internet turned up this red-white-and-blue golf gear.

November 12, 2001
Tom Reid, MACON, GA.Reid, 58, manager of an income tax preparation firm, won the Georgia Senior Amateur by a shot with a two-under-par 214 at West Lake Country Club in Augusta. Earlier this year...

November 12, 2001 | Lee Brandon
Winning the long-drive title is great, but being alive to talk about it is even better

November 12, 2001 | John Garrity
At the Tour Championship, somebody forgot to tell unassuming David Toms he's now among the game's elite