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October 06, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 14

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Jake Plummer Cover - Sports Illustrated October 06, 2003

October 06, 2003
Gravity GamesThe cover picture of the Buffalo Bills' porcine Sam Adams choogling downfield on opening day (Sept. 15) illustrates the sumofication of the NFL—the National Fatball League—whose credo...

October 06, 2003
LETTERS•Please e-mail us at letters@si.timeinc.com or fax us at 212-467-4049. Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be edited for clarity and space.

October 06, 2003 | Steve Rushin
Jocks can't drive. Jail Blazer Rasheed Wallace was stopped in Portland last week for erratic driving and now has more points in the DMV than in the NBA. So let's revoke their licenses.

October 06, 2003 | Jack McCallum
Believe it or not, NBA rookies get a first-rate crash course in the art of not screwing up

October 06, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
Politically minded jocks have jumped into the race to replace California governor Gray Davis. A fan's guide to the Oct. 7 recall

October 06, 2003
WEIRD SCIENCEInvented by sports researchers Bob Canobbio and Logan Hobson in 1985, boxing's made-for-TV punch-counting system uses two keypads that feed into a laptop. Each pad has four keys: jab...

October 06, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
6Consecutive seasons in which the order of finish in the American League East has been New York, Boston, Toronto, Baltimore and Tampa Bay.

October 06, 2003
RetiredAfter seven years in the WNBA, Rebecca Lobo, who led the University of Connecticut to its first NCAA championship. A center, Lobo, 29, became a role model for thousands of jump-shooting...

October 06, 2003 | Chris Ballard
Died

October 06, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The four-time heavyweight champ fights James Toney at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 4, 15 days before turning 41.

October 06, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. Is it too late to wish John Rocker a happy Rosh Hashanah?

October 06, 2003
•Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher's blue-collar image took a bit of a hit last week after he was spotted spending part of his bye week in Las Vegas with socialite Paris Hilton, one of the two...

October 06, 2003
Converse has named its new basketball shoe the Loaded Weapon.

October 06, 2003
Move over Dumbo. The British bassett hound Knightsfollie Ladiesman, 2, hasn't learned to fly yet, but he holds the Guinness World Record for the largest earspan of any pooch: 11.5 inches. He...

October 06, 2003
SHAQUILLE O'NEAL

October 06, 2003
OCT. 3-9

October 06, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
•THE INSIDE STORYIn April 2002 HBO Sports dramatically revamped Inside the NFL, replacing the duo of Len Dawson and Nick Buoniconti with the quartet of Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth, Cris Carter...

October 06, 2003
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October 06, 2003
For complete coverage of the baseball playoffs, including the latest news and scores plus analysis from Tom Verducci and John Donovan, go to si.com/baseball.

October 06, 2003
Christian Cantwell, ELDON, MO.Track and FieldCantwell, a recent graduate of the University of Missouri, won the gold medal when he put the shot 68'8" at the International Amateur Athletic...

October 06, 2003
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

October 06, 2003 | Josh Elliott
For CHEESEHEAD NATION, season tickets at Lambeau are life's holy grail, though a lifetime often isn't long enough to successfully pursue it

October 06, 2003 | Josh Elliott
For more about sports in Wisconsin and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

October 06, 2003 | Terry Porter
The Bucks' coach says there's more to his home state than football and farms

October 06, 2003
Wisconsinites weigh in on sports*

October 06, 2003
To view a gallery of every Packers, Brewers and Bucks cover, learn why Madison is SI's choice as the nation's top college sports town, or vote for your favorite Wisconsin sports venue, go to...

October 06, 2003 | Terry McDonell
A singular man of letters, he pushed the limits of journalism and helped define sport in the 20th century even as he elevated it

October 06, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
The Broncos rolled the dice on Jake Plummer, and the embattled quarterback is proving to be a good bet

October 06, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
In the first big showdown of the NFL season, the Broncos' defense will do enough to knock off the high-scoring Chiefs

October 06, 2003 | Tom Verducci
The final outs are the hardest to come by in October, which means the fate of all eight playoff teams could rest on their flawed bullpens

October 06, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Tom Verducci's Insider column, every Tuesday at si.com/baseball.

October 06, 2003 | Tim Layden
Modeling themselves on Randy Moss and riding a revolution on offense, wide receivers are the new superstars of the college game

October 06, 2003 | Tim Layden
Along with Roy Williams these four superstar receivers are changing the college game

October 06, 2003 | Tim Layden
More college football coverage, including Tim Layden's Insider and a photo gallery from the week, at si.com/football/ncaa.

October 06, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
Think back to when sports were just plain fun and you could play all day, and you were good at every game, too. You were 10. It still sounds the same out there on the field.... Hey, batter,...

October 06, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
The Perfect 10

October 06, 2003
Crew and Unusual PunishmentOne member of Jeff Green's crew is down and another is airborne after Green's car was sent spinning by Elliott Sadler (left) and went careering into the pit during the...

October 06, 2003
Number of 10-year-olds in the U.S.: 4.2 million

October 06, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
With big league dreams, Cooper Moseley played 127 games in 10-and-under ball

October 06, 2003 | Gene Menez
One day soon Elizabeth Beisel, accomplished violinist and aquatic athlete, will have to make a tough decision

October 06, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
"Reduce the pressure and put more emphasis on teaching skills," says Cal Ripken Jr., now a youth-baseball reformer

October 06, 2003 | Robert Andrew Powell
Amid a maelstrom of poverty, drugs and murder, Diamond Pless pursues his dream of playing in the NFL. But first he's got to learn his multiplication tables

October 06, 2003
College Football

October 06, 2003 | Phil Taylor
Trojan WarIn an epic battle that hinged on an ingenious game plan, Cal stunned USC

October 06, 2003 | Phil Taylor
Texas WR Roy Williams VERSUS Kansas State CB Randy JordanThe Wildcats' attacking defense, which gives up just 270.4 yards a game (11th best in the nation), is predicated on stopping the run and...

October 06, 2003 | Phil Taylor
CHANGE THE RULE

October 06, 2003 | Lars Anderson
At 34, Michael Schumacher closes in on his sixth world championship

October 06, 2003 | Lars Anderson
After losing more than $42 million in the first six months of 2003, CART appeared to be on its deathbed until a group headed by Paul Gentilozzi purchased the open-wheel series two weeks ago. But...

October 06, 2003 | Grant Wahl
A new, take-charge Mia Hamm led the U.S. into the Cup quarterfinals

October 06, 2003 | Grant Wahl
If any doubts remained about the most deserving choice for MVP in MLS, 21-year-old Earthquakes forward Landon Donovan erased them with two goals in a 5-2 win over the Burn last Saturday. With five...

October 06, 2003 | Peter King
Out of PocketQuarterback Donovan McNabb looked more like his old self in leading the Eagles to their first win of the year

October 06, 2003 | Peter King
Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback, every week on si.com/football.

October 06, 2003 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH...Giants multipurpose running back Tiki Barber

October 06, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Peyton Manning knows nothing about the Buccaneers' defense, other than what he can catch on tape. He has seen Simeon Rice speeding around the corner, Warren Sapp barreling up the middle, Derrick...

October 06, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Dr. Z's Inside Football, every week during the season at si.com/football.

October 06, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
A dispirited Nick Van Exel may force yet another team to deal him

October 06, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Key questions to ponder as training camps begin this week:

October 06, 2003 | Rick Reilly
O.K., Freeze it! Freeze everything in and around the ballpark, right where it is. Good. Now, let's you and I walk around and taste this, one of the most delicious days in the haunted history of...