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December 22, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 25

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Peyton Manning Cover - Sports Illustrated December 22, 2003

December 22, 2003
Us vs. ThemAlthough I may be tempting the wrath of Woody and die-hard Ohio State fans, congratulations to Michigan on a well-played game and its outright Big Ten championship. I thought that...

December 22, 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.

December 22, 2003 | Farrell Evans
SEPTEMBER 5, 1977

December 22, 2003 | Steve Rushin
It is now possible in sports to hold a meaningful conversation entirely in acronyms or initials, as when Shaquille O'Neal, asked which teams ought to be in the BCS title game, answered, "LSU-USC."

December 22, 2003 | Franz Lidz
Those frontline soldiers in the war on steriod abuse—the pee collectors—are finally making a splash

December 22, 2003
JinxedBy light-hitting IBF welterweight champion Cory Spinks, the heavily favored WBC and WBA king, Ricardo Mayorga, in a majority decision at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Following in the...

December 22, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
Died

December 22, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. I don't want to pile on, but are you wondering if Grady Little would have left Saddam in the mud hut just a little longer?

December 22, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The three-time national figure skating champ defends his title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships next month

December 22, 2003
At the end of a solid year for sports books, SI picks a top 21

December 22, 2003
Brilliant—and beautiful—reissues by a writer who couldn't just watch

December 22, 2003 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

December 22, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
•BEE PLUSHere's an eight-letter word for the fastest-growing form of competition on television: S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G. Fox has green-lighted Celebrity Spelling Bee, a two-hour special featuring...

December 22, 2003
Christopher Reeve hasn't let the riding accident that left him paralyzed eight years ago diminish his love for horses. He frequently travels from his home in Westchester County, N.Y.—he lives...

December 22, 2003
Joe Theismann and Lawrence Taylor are selling autographed photos of Taylor snapping Theismann's shinbone in a 1985 game.

December 22, 2003
Last week Maurizio Cheli did what no Formula One driver has done in years. He came out ahead of Michael Schumacher. O.K. he used a Eurofighter Typhoon, but still. Cheli's jet beat Schumacher's...

December 22, 2003
JIM HASLETTSaints coach, on receiver Joe Horn (left), who has been penalized for behavior such as Sunday's incident in which he called his mother from the end zone on his cellphone. "He'll learn....

December 22, 2003
Haley Exner, SAN DIEGOField HockeyHaley, a senior goalie at Scripps Ranch High, had her 67th career shutout, a national high school record, in a win over El Capitan on Nov. 18. She helped lead the...

December 22, 2003
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December 22, 2003
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December 22, 2003
For more on Peyton Manning—including SI flashback stories from his days at Tennessee and his rookie season with the Colts—go to si.com/siexclusive.

December 22, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
The LAKOTA NATION INVITATIONAL honors the sports passion and culture of American Indians

December 22, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
For more about sports in South Dakota and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

December 22, 2003 | Tom Brokaw
Little-school feats are the big moments for natives such as NBC's anchorman

December 22, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
South Dakotans weigh in on sports*

December 22, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
An SI flashback story on sports adventures in the historic Black Hills and a gallery of photos and facts about Adam Vinatieri and other Mount Rushmore State stars at...

December 22, 2003
Four HandNorth Dakota defensive back Adam Stratton (26) breaks up a pass intended for Grand Valley State's Micah Staley during the Division II championship game last Saturday in Florence, Ala.,...

December 22, 2003 | Michael Silver
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is having the best season of his six-year career, but to silence his critics he has to win in the playoffs

December 22, 2003 | Michael Silver
Michael Silver's Open Mike, every Thursday at si.com.

December 22, 2003 | Michael Silver
After a wide-open race, the Colts' Peyton Manning has emerged as the man to beat

December 22, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
A streetwise Philly marketer, with some juice from hip-hop stars, has turned the throwback jersey into a big-bucks fashion frenzy

December 22, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
What turns a moldering jersey or forgotten shoe into a retro fashion fever? Two case histories

December 22, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
New retros for the holidays—and next year

December 22, 2003 | Jack McCallum
NBA fans already know top picks LeBron and Carmelo, but 19-year-old Chris Bosh is making a name for himself with the rejuvenated Raptors

December 22, 2003 | Chris Ballard
In trading for overpriced Antonio Davis, Bulls rookie G.M. John Paxson got the short end of his deal with Toronto

December 22, 2003 | Michael Farber
Maybe he's no Patrick Roy, but first-year starter David Aebischer learned a lot about goaltending—including how to win—from the master

December 22, 2003 | Tom Verducci
At the winter meetings the specter of irascible Yankees owner George Steinbrenner sent rival AL East teams on a spending spree

December 22, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Quick, which was the last team other than the Yankees to win the AL East? Answer: the 1997 Orioles. It's been Groundhog Day in the division ever since, with the five teams finishing in the same...

December 22, 2003 | Grant Wahl
Hazing is often winked at as a benign initiation ritual, but it has a tendency to spiral out of control, as it did in the horrific events at Long Island's MEPHAM HIGH

December 22, 2003 | Grant Wahl
What can schools and parents do to stop hazing? An expert in the field, Dr. Norman Pollard, who is the director of counseling at Alfred (N.Y.) University, has several suggestions.

December 22, 2003
The NFL

December 22, 2003 | Peter King
Guns for HireTeams in need of a passer should look at veterans like Mark Brunell

December 22, 2003 | Peter King
Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback, every week at si.com/football.

December 22, 2003 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH...Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck, the NFL's ninth-rated passer

December 22, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Here are the reasons why the Vikings should upset the Chiefs in the Metrodome on Saturday:

December 22, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Dr. Z's Inside Football, every week during the season at si.com/football.

December 22, 2003 | Seth Davis
Missouri tries to focus on wins rather than on an NCAA investigation

December 22, 2003 | Seth Davis
1. Louisville's Francisco Garcia is courageous. During the same week that his 19-year-old brother was fatally shot, the 6'7" sophomore forward averaged 22.5 points and five rebounds in wins over...

December 22, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
CenterpiecePavel Datsyuk has filled the void in the middle of Detroit's top line

December 22, 2003 | Pierre McGuire
The runaway MVP candidate through the first two months of the season was Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who had seven shutouts and a stunning 1.53 goals-against average through Sunday. Brodeur...

December 22, 2003 | Rick Reilly
The following is not a paid endorsement. The author received no gifts or services in exchange for this column. Not that he didn't try.

December 22, 2003
This holiday season adventure racers get a gift: the return of the Eco-Challenge in '04

December 22, 2003 | Stephen J. Bodio
End of the Earth: Voyages to AntarcticaBy Peter MatthiessenNational Geographic; 242 pages; $26.00

December 22, 2003
When Playboy bunny Danelle Folta was infected by a flesh-eating bacteria that turned her right foot black and gangrenous during the 2002 Eco-Challenge in Fiji, she never dreamed her misery would...

December 22, 2003 | Austin Murphy
I customarily use the December column to gaze back on my year in adventure, much the way I was constantly craning my neck to look behind me last August during the 24 Hours of Tahoe, a...

December 22, 2003
SI.com/adventure

December 22, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
Born a methamphetamine baby, 13-year-old Roger Carver is channeling his often out-of-control energy into brilliance on a board

December 22, 2003 | Josh Elliott
The Return of the KingFive years after leaving the pro surfing circuit, Kelly Slater came back to force a not-so-friendly showdown with Andy Irons at the Pipe Masters

December 22, 2003 | Josh Elliott
It's no surprise that ice queen Kim Csizmazia (left) lives in Canmore, Alberta, the subzero climbing mecca of the world. There, the two-time winner of the Ouray (Colo.) Ice Festival braves...