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October 20, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 16

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Jason White Cover - Sports Illustrated October 20, 2003

October 20, 2003
Ducks FlambéThe Oregon Ducks start the season as if Joey Harrington is still with us, and we are already smelling roses. The team fashions an amazing upset, soundly defeating Michigan by shutting...

October 20, 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 20, 2003 | Steve Rushin
Sure they're ageist, unpopular and politically incorrect, but age limits ought to be the law in coaching. And the cutoff, cruel as it sounds, should be 60. If you're any younger than that, you...

October 20, 2003 | Richard Hoffer
Kobe Bryant's rape case started ugly, and it will only get worse

October 20, 2003
Craig Kilborn, host of CBS's Late Late Show, played hoops at Montana State from 1981 to '84 and just got a shot with the Timberwolves. He didn't make it, but kept a very legible diary

October 20, 2003
$150Expected retail price of LeBron James's first signature shoe, the Air Zoom Generation, which is "modeled after his Hummer H2."

October 20, 2003 | S.L. Price
You might think it was a big deal to win the World Cup. It wasn't

October 20, 2003
ShelvedFor the rest of the 2003 season, Jaguars punter Chris Hanson, who needed surgery on his right (nonkicking) shin after gashing it with an ax while chopping a tree stump—in the Jags' locker...

October 20, 2003
Debuted

October 20, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The five-time NBA champ (three with the Bulls, two with the Spurs) joins TNT as an analyst with Marv Albert and Mike Fratello.

October 20, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Hey, what happened? Didn't anybody tell Pedro Martinez and Don Zimmer about Separation Saturday?

October 20, 2003
Mets pitcher Al Leiter has had some pressure-packed moments at Shea Stadium, but the Jersey boy (he's from Toms River) was never as nervous as when he got on stage with Bruce Springsteen to shake...

October 20, 2003
It's not that NBA stars don't play defense, it's just that they do it in highly creative ways that look to us as if they're shopping for team jerseys. Still, Sixers guard Allen Iverson couldn't...

October 20, 2003
In an effort to exorcise the Curse of the Bambino, a 39-year-old Red Sox fan carried a 1918 photograph of Babe Ruth to the top of Mount Everest.

October 20, 2003
MARIO LEMIEUXThe Penguins' 38-year-old center, speaking to reporters about rookie goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, 18, who moved into Lemieux's home: "He can take care of the kids when my wife, Nathalie,...

October 20, 2003 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

October 20, 2003 | John O'Keefe
•A RIVER RUNS THROUGH ITFor those film-goers whose only exposure to crew was Rob Lowe rowing down the Thames in Oxford Blues, first-time director Dominique Derrenger has produced a terrific...

October 20, 2003
Brooklyn Dyce, WINNIPEGFootballBrooklyn, a seventh-grader at St. Johns-Ravenscourt, was the starting tailback and leading rusher for the 8-0 Crescentwood Grizzlies, who play in a boys' league. She...

October 20, 2003
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

October 20, 2003 | Austin Murphy
The 24 HOURS OF MOAB is a high-spirited, gut-busting test for teams of mountain bikers

October 20, 2003 | Austin Murphy
For more about sports in Utah and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

October 20, 2003 | Terry Tempest Williams
This naturalist's binoculars moved from deer to hawks to Karl Malone

October 20, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
Utahns weigh in on sports*

October 20, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
To see classic Jazz photos and archival stories about John Stockton and Karl Malone. view a gallery of every Utah cover, brush up on BYU trivia or vote for the Beehive State's best sports venue,...

October 20, 2003 | Tom Verducci
A postseason featuring storied teams, tight games and blistering emotions has lit up October as prime time for the national pastime

October 20, 2003 | Tom Verducci
With beanballs and threats, an ebbing Pedro Martinez tossed away his reputation

October 20, 2003 | Austin Murphy
On a weekend that clarified the title picture, Oklahoma was scary good, six unbeatens fell, and the college game itself proved to be the star

October 20, 2003 | Austin Murphy
More college coverage, including a photo gallery from the week, at si.com/football/ncaa.

October 20, 2003 | Kelley King
Playmaking Hurricanes defensive back Sean Taylor wreaked havoc with the Seminoles' game plan

October 20, 2003 | Mark Beech
The defending national champions had their weaknesses exposed by the fired-up Badgers

October 20, 2003
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October 20, 2003
Our Midseason Report sizes up the first half of the college football season. Find All-America picks, a Heisman watch and more at si.com/football/ncaa.

October 20, 2003
Who has soared and who has flopped? A midseason guide to the best and worst in the college game so far

October 20, 2003
The national championship picture wasn't the only thing to get shaken up last Saturday. Midway through the season the Heisman Trophy race is as unsettled as a snow globe on a paint mixer. While...

October 20, 2003
With the landscape cleared of most unbeaten teams, the battle for No. 1 becomes a three-team affair

October 20, 2003 | Michael Farber
After an embarrassing defeat, the Buccaneers quickly got their championship act together

October 20, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
Nine months after its Super Bowl debacle, the Silver and Black is still reeling

October 20, 2003 | Charles Leerhsen
In a life of steep ups and downs, the consummate jockey showed an extraordinarily sensitive touch with horses

October 20, 2003
College Football

October 20, 2003 | Kelly King
Strength in NumbersWith scholarship limits having increased parity, what separates the contenders from the pretenders is depth

October 20, 2003 | Kelly King
Southern Cal WR Mike Williams versus Notre Dame CB Vontez Duff

October 20, 2003 | Kelly King
Oregon State RB STEVEN JACKSONThe son of a Las Vegas casino manager, Jackson isn't on many Heisman watch lists yet, but don't bet against him. The 6'3", 229-pound junior, who has the speed to...

October 20, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Uneasy DominatorDespite opening with two victories, Dominik Hasek's return to the Red Wings has been anything but smooth

October 20, 2003 | Pierre McGuire
Why is Lou Lamoriello of the Devils the best G.M. in the NHL? After his team had the league's worst power play in 2002-03, he signed 42-year-old free-agent passing specialist Igor Larionov. In the...

October 20, 2003 | Lars Anderson
Hard FinishA five-way battle for the IRL title was settled by a Texas-sized crash

October 20, 2003 | Peter King
Well-GroundedA big game by DeShaun Foster gives undefeated Carolina another threat for its vaunted rushing attack

October 20, 2003 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH...The Titans' coach of 10 years, Jeff Fisher

October 20, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Old memories the hard. Think of the Titans, and what comes to mind? Relentless defense. An offense that squeezes out first downs on Eddie George's grinding runs or Steve McNair's scrambles or dump...

October 20, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Dr. Z's Inside Football, every week during the season at si.com/football.

October 20, 2003 | Rick Reilly
Why do they come? Why do they hang around to watch the slowest high school cross-country runner in America? Why do they want to see a kid finish the 3.1 miles in 51 minutes when the winner did it...

October 20, 2003
DisintegratedAfter nudging a rival's right rear tire in Sunday's season-ending IRL race at Texas Motor Speedway, Kenny Brack's car took flight and smashed into the steel catch fence at 220 mph....