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November 03, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 18

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Josh Beckett Cover - Sports Illustrated November 03, 2003

November 03, 2003 | Stephen Cancella
Joltin' JeffWith a flurry of goals, Jeff Jillson gives the Bruins' blue line punch

November 03, 2003 | Pierre McGuire
Second-year defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, 20, is fast becoming the dominating all-around blueliner most observers expected when the Panthers selected him with the third pick of the 2002 draft. Part...

November 03, 2003 | Rick Reilly
What the hell are we going to do with Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops? He's clueless. He's inept—he's two flights and a puddle jumper from ept.

November 03, 2003 | Luis Fernando Llosa
APRIL 11, 1983

November 03, 2003
Curses, Jinxed Again!After what transpired in Games 6 and 7 of the NLCS and Game 7 of the ALCS, I still believe that the talk of curses befalling the Red Sox and Cubs is nonsense. It's obvious...

November 03, 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.

November 03, 2003 | Steve Rushin
"Is everybody on?" asked the elevator attendant, and from the back—from a cartoon in a canary-yellow sweater—came an impatient "Yeah." The doors were closed, the elevator descended, and the...

November 03, 2003 | Michael Silver
Wild living and a motorcycle spill may have dashed Dennis Rodman's comeback hopes, but the larger question remains: Can the Worm turn himself around?

November 03, 2003 | George Dohrmann
A controversial nutritionist says he didn't give athletes an illegal edge

November 03, 2003 | George Dohrmann
3Straight wins for Tennessee at Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium, the longest winning streak for an opposing team on that 76-year-old field.

November 03, 2003
SnappedThe longest losing streak in Rugby World Cup history, the United States, with a 39-26 win over Japan. In front of a pro-Japanese crowd in Gosford, Australia, flyhalf Mike Hercus scored 19...

November 03, 2003
Acknowledged By officials at the University of Washington, that since 2001, members of the school's athletic department have suspected a team doctor of distributing "tons" of prescription drugs to...

November 03, 2003
WE'RE JUST LIVING IN IT

November 03, 2003 | Mark Bechtel
A woman who whipped the good ol' boys retires—for her husband

November 03, 2003 | Yi-Wyn Yen
The music and fashion mogul, 33, is running the Nov. 2 New York City Marathon to raise money for several charities. He's being trained in part by three-time New York marathon winner Alberto Salazar.

November 03, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
•Irvin's influence When he hired Michael Irvin for Sunday NFL Countdown in July, ESPN executive vice president Mark Shapiro said the former All-Pro receiver offered "closeness to the game, an...

November 03, 2003 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

November 03, 2003
The new Joe Millionaire, professional bareback bronc rider David Smith, wouldn't reveal the looker he'll wind up with when Fox's show ends in six weeks, but he did give us a hint: "I've always...

November 03, 2003
Ronnie Coleman hasn't said he wants to run for public office, but by winning the 2003 Mr. Olympia title he is clearly laying the groundwork. Coleman received a medal from California governator...

November 03, 2003
DON ZIMMERYankees bench coach, announcing his resignation: "For 25 years Steinbrenner called me 'Zimmer' and I called him 'Boss.' From now on, as far as I'm concerned, he's just 'Steinbrenner.' "

November 03, 2003
Mari Creatini, NEWTON, MASS.Field HockeyCreatini, a junior forward at Northeastern, leads Division I in points (60), points per game (3.5), goals (24) and goals per game (1.4). She scored her...

November 03, 2003 | David Sabino
Special Times

November 03, 2003
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

November 03, 2003 | David Sabino
COMEBACK KID: d. Bears Hall of Famer Gale Sayers averaged an NFL-record 30.6 yards per kickoff return in his career.

November 03, 2003 | E.M. Swift
At the TOP GUN MOTOCROSS SHOWDOWN, dirt bikers aged four to 69 tried to dust each other

November 03, 2003 | E.M. Swift
For more about sports in Tennessee and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

November 03, 2003 | Pat Summitt
The Lady Vols coach sings the praises of her state's trio of distinct regions

November 03, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
Tennesseans weigh in on sports*

November 03, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
For more on Volunteer State sports, including a Sports Illustrated flashback story on legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, Vols and Titans trivia, and a gallery of every...

November 03, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Bucking the odds and conventional wisdom, an old hand guided the upstart Marlins to a World Series triumph

November 03, 2003
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November 03, 2003
Gather round the virtual water cooler as SI's Phil Taylor weighs in on a burning sports issue in the Hot Button every Monday, only on SI.com.

November 03, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
Nothing short of a championship satisfies the Boss, so expect rumblings in the Bronx

November 03, 2003 | Michael Silver
The Falcons are in such disarray that not even the return of the electric Michael Vick—whenever that may happen—can save their season

November 03, 2003 | Michael Silver
Michael Silver's Open Mike, every Thursday at si.com.

November 03, 2003
Miami RhapsodyMarlins catcher Pudge Rodriguez (kneeling) and his jubilant teammates wait at home plate to greet shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who hit a 12th-inning, walk-off home run on a pitch by the...

November 03, 2003 | Tim Layden
Jeff Smoker nearly threw it all away. Now the gifted Michigan State quarterback has the Spartans battling for the Big Ten championship

November 03, 2003 | Tim Layden
More college football coverage, including Tim Layden's Insider and a photo gallery from the week, at si.com/football/ncaa.

November 03, 2003 | Tim Layden
Five Saturday games will help clear up the bowl picture

November 03, 2003 | Phil Taylor
Miami tailback Jarrett Payton has stepped out of some pretty big shadows to shine

November 03, 2003 | John Garrity
The life (loony) and times (lately) of JOHN DALY. Not a role model

November 03, 2003 | John Garrity
JUNE 28, 1987Daly, 21, meets Dale Crafton (right), 23, a hand model.

November 03, 2003 | Bill Syken
Thousands of miles removed from Friday-night lights, on a tiny rock in the South Pacific, young boys are bred to play America's game. How Samoa has become an Eden for recruiters

November 03, 2003 | Bill Syken
The six American Samoan high school teams represented here—four from public schools, one from the vocational academy and one made up of players from the territory's four private schools—share a...

November 03, 2003
College Football

November 03, 2003 | Kelley King
MAC DaddyBowling Green's Josh Harris is his conference's biggest star—and a quarterback to be reckoned with

November 03, 2003 | Kelley King
USC WR Mike Williams versus Washington State CB Jason DavidWashington State's blitzing, pressure defense has the 6'5", 230-pound Williams, a sophomore who has 54 catches for 786 yards and eight...

November 03, 2003 | Kelley King
Going Overtime

November 03, 2003 | Kelley King
More college football coverage at si.com/football/ncaa.

November 03, 2003 | Phil Taylor
MUSICAL CONFERENCES

November 03, 2003 | Jack McCallum
Pat Riley quit as Heat coach, but will he return to the bench elsewhere?

November 03, 2003 | Jack McCallum
An opposing team's scout on the Lakers' Kobe Bryant:

November 03, 2003 | Peter King
Center of AttentionWith Dan Koppen and several other rookies playing prominent roles, the Patriots stay atop the AFC East

November 03, 2003 | Peter King
Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback, every week at si.com/football.

November 03, 2003 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH...

November 03, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Someone once asked Vince Lombardi before a game about all the injuries his Packers had suffered. He didn't seem concerned. "It'll make the guys who are healthy play better," he said. It's the old...

November 03, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Dr. Z's Inside Football, every week during the season at si.com/football.

November 03, 2003 | Richard Hoffer
A Breeders' Cup win continued Julie Krone's fairytale comeback