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November 10, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 18

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The Covers Cover - Sports Illustrated November 10, 2003

November 10, 2003
Being heavyweight champion of the world is no guarantee that you'll be on the cover (tough luck, Lennox Lewis), but it worked for these tough guys

November 10, 2003
Performance enhancers are a big story today, as they were back in 1969, while cocaine tainted a Final Four upset and caused the stunning death of a No. 1 NBA pick

November 10, 2003
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, why did a picture of Mike Schmidt and George Brett (right) run twice? The redundancy was intentional in that case (to celebrate the end of a midseason strike), but the...

November 10, 2003
Statisticians and fatalists know that everybody has to lose some time—but why does it happen so often for a team the week after it's touted on the cover of SI?

November 10, 2003
What prouder moment for a father than to see his son on the cover of SI? Unless, of course, Dad beat his boy to the punch, which has happened several times. Oedipus never dealt with anything this...

November 10, 2003
Not all the athletes SI has put on the cover play a sport. In fact some of our most popular subjects are famous for simply being uncovered. The SI Swimsuit issue (which will celebrate its 40th...

November 10, 2003
It's not one of those mythic numbers in sports—such as .400 or 56—but it's still an impressive run: 2,548 covers, from our first issue in 1954 to the one you hold in your hands right now

November 10, 2003
For more information on all SI cover, go to si.com/covers

November 10, 2003
The best shooters are as competitive as the athletes they cover, so SI helps them keep score (and, yes, this list includes Joe DiMaggio, but, no, it's not the Yankee Clipper)

November 10, 2003
That Illustrated doesn't just refer to photographs, which is why SI once had a cover by James Thurber

November 10, 2003
College Football

November 10, 2003 | Kelley King
Like Ole TimesMississippi, led by Eli Manning, is atop the SEC for the first time in 40 years

November 10, 2003 | Kelley King
Pittsburgh WR Larry FitzgeraldversusVirginia Tech CB Eric Green

November 10, 2003 | Phil Taylor
SUGAR AND SPICE

November 10, 2003
Saturday's HeroesAustin Murphy's College Football Shakeout (Oct. 20) captures the innocent pageantry that still exists in what is becoming a big-business sport. In the end college football is...

November 10, 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 10, 2003 | Peter King
Second BlessingIn leading an upset of the Rams, Tim Rattay proved the 49ers have a backup quarterback they can count on

November 10, 2003 | Peter King
Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback, every week at si.com/football.

November 10, 2003 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH...

November 10, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
The oddsmakers' two AFC preseason favorites to reach the Super Bowl are in trouble. We can forget about the Raiders, but there's still some hope left for the Dolphins, provided they fix things in...

November 10, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Dr. Z's Inside Football, every week during the season at si.com/football.

November 10, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Boston is now Paul Pierce's team, but can he live up to Larry's legacy?

November 10, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
On Cavs rookie LeBron James, who in his first three games averaged 18.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists:

November 10, 2003 | Rick Reilly
Tonight on Queer Eye for the Sports Guy, our gay panelists make over a straight sports columnist and leave him looking like the South Beach Dinner Theater director.

November 10, 2003
Putting together this week's retrospective on 50 years of SI covers was like taking the Christmas decorations down from the attic: It made us sneeze (some of our office copies are turning to...

November 10, 2003 | Steve Rushin
Kobe thinks he wears the pants in the family, Shaq thinks that he does. Kobe complains that Shaq doesn't call, Shaq complains that Kobe's aloof. Kobe threatens to walk out on Shaq, Shaq tells him...

November 10, 2003 | Austin Murphy
After a year of marital problems, and a brutally close Tour de France, Lance Armstrong is steering toward a new course

November 10, 2003 | Mark Bechtel
The California fires touched the lives of athletes great and obscure

November 10, 2003 | Mark Bechtel
7Overtimes in last Saturday's Arkansas-Kentucky game, which the Razorbacks won 71-63; Arkansas has now played in the three longest games in Division I-A history.

November 10, 2003
SeveredIn an attack by a 12-to-15-foot shark, the left arm of 13-year-old surfer Bethany Hamilton. Last Friday, Bethany, a promising competitor who won a national open in August and also beat many...

November 10, 2003 | Gary Smith
Escaped

November 10, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Good to be back. I was at Brian Billick's yard sale. Got two VCRs for a buck.

November 10, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The 67-year-old screen legend, a Florida State running back in the 1950s, is the new host of ESPN Classic's Reel Classics.

November 10, 2003
Some events just sound fun—like, say, the Goldschlager Bar Olympics, in which good-looking women travel from town to town beating the locals at pool and darts. (Chugging the titular cinnamon...

November 10, 2003
A Florida rabbi is delivering a public lecture, titled The Curses of the Billygoat and the Bambino: Exploring the Talmudic View on Curses.

November 10, 2003
SIR RANULPH FIENNESFifty-nine-year-old cousin of actors Joseph and Ralph Fiennes, whose New York City Marathon was his seventh marathon in seven days on six continents: "This has been enjoyable...

November 10, 2003
In what is considered the Super Bowl of not shaving, Germany's Karl Heinz-Hille (bottom left) won the sixth World Beard and Mustache Championships in Carson City, Nev. About 150 men—including 80...

November 10, 2003 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

November 10, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
•BETTOR TVAre Americans ready for a 24-hour channel devoted to gambling? The founders of Casino and Gaming Television are betting on it and aiming to be in a million homes next year, 20 million by...

November 10, 2003
Graham Harrell, ENNIS, TEXASFootballGraham, a senior quarterback at Ennis High, set a Texas schoolboy record for touchdown passes, with 152. This season he has 231 completions for 3,437 yards and...

November 10, 2003 | David Sabino
Incoming Class

November 10, 2003
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

November 10, 2003 | David Sabino
DRAFT DODGERS: c. Guard Erick Strickland, now of the Bucks, went undrafted out of Nebraska in 1996. After starting the season in the CBA, Strickland finished 1996-97 averaging 10.6 points in 28...

November 10, 2003 | John Garrity
In small towns across the prairie, there's no bigger event than EIGHT-MAN FOOTBALL

November 10, 2003 | John Garrity
For more about sports in Kansas and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

November 10, 2003 | Grant Wahl
The legendary Jayhawks center cut a wide swath through Lawrence

November 10, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
Kansans weigh in on sports*

November 10, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
On a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state's enthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'?79.9Rank: 9th of first 17 states polled

November 10, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
To read an SI flashback story on Kansas' 1998 college basketball championship, view every Jayhawks cover or vote for the most important figure in Sunflower State hoops history go to...

November 10, 2003 | Tim Layden
Led by zealous coach Pete Carroll, USC is summoning up memories of Pac-10 glory and making an impassioned run at its first outright national title in three decades

November 10, 2003
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November 10, 2003
View large images of all SI covers and purchase your favorites from the Classic Covers collection through our searchable online database at si.com/covers.

November 10, 2003 | Kelley King
Virginia Tech remedied 10 days of hell with one night of glory: by beating Miami

November 10, 2003 | Michael Farber
Take it from Wayne Gretzky. The player with the best chance to break his scoring records is Sidney Crosby, a 16-year-old center in Quebec juniors

November 10, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
The Ravens' Jamal Lewis, with a new maturity and sense of purpose, is leading the NFL in rushing—and stalking the single-season record

November 10, 2003 | Jack McCallum
Sniping superstars, new cast members, a series in development. Must-see TV? No, just the Lakers getting started on what could be a great season

November 10, 2003 | Jack McCallum
In their combined 94 years in the NBA, the eight Lakers with the most pro experience have had only five losing seasons: Rick Fox had four (with Boston) and Gary Payton one (with Seattle and...

November 10, 2003 | Jack McCallum
Shaquille O'Neal suggested that the Lakers would be better off if Kobe Bryant dished more than he shot while recovering from knee surgery. Kobe's career stats suggest otherwise. In his seven...

November 10, 2003 | Jack McCallum
There's no shortage of plot lines for a drama on the Lakers' leading lady

November 10, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
Well, except for being the U.S. Open champion and being ranked No. 1 in the world and dating Mandy Moore. Other than that, he's Everyman

November 10, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
More tennis coverage, including Davis Cup and tournament results and L. Jon Wertheim's Tennis Mailbag, at si.com/tennis.

November 10, 2003 | John Ed Bradley
Like his famous father, Archie, and younger siblings, Peyton and Eli, Cooper Manning had NFL-caliber talent. Then his body betrayed him

November 10, 2003
Yao Goes It, Kid?Rockets center Yao Ming, now a seasoned second-year man, greets Nuggets rookie Carmelo Anthony on his way to the basket during the teenager's second regular-season NBA game, a...

November 10, 2003 | John Ed Bradley
The Colts star sized up by his favorite high school receiver

November 10, 2003 | John Ed Bradley
You've come a long way, baby brother, and can go a lot further

November 10, 2003
From presidents to precedents, from Le Mans to LeBron, from lions to Tiger, the cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has become a cultural icon. In the next 50 pages, answers to questions such as: Who's...

November 10, 2003 | Terry McDonell
Why getting covered by SI is complicated

November 10, 2003
With SI's best faces forward, here is the magazine's Top 10*—the athletes who've been on the most covers, and all the contenders for the crown. To see all the covers of your favorites, go to...

November 10, 2003
WALTER IOOSS JR. (left) 229Neil Leifer 169Heinz Kluetmeier 119Manny Millan 115John G. Zimmerman 103John Biever 102Peter Read Miller 90James Drake 89John Iacono 80Ronald C. Modra 64

November 10, 2003
For SI's purposes, they're all good sports—some are just more popular than others. And in case you're wondering, bridge made the cover three times (below)

November 10, 2003
Little kids like to play dress-up, and sometimes big ones do too. In general SI supports such playful diversions...but if someone with a camera hands you a toga and laurel, run