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February 02, 2004 | Volume 100, Issue 4

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Willie Davis Cover - Sports Illustrated February 02, 2004

February 02, 2004
BUD SHRAKE—one of 13 veteran journalists who contributed their behind the scenes memories to SI's Super Bowl preview package (page 60)—chose the writer's life early. Just after his freshman year...

February 02, 2004
Thorns in His SideAs a lifelong Reds fan, I have always been a fan of Pete Rose (Pete Rose's Confession, Jan. 12). However, I found one of the statements in his book excerpt to be particularly...

February 02, 2004
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.

February 02, 2004 | Steve Rushin
THE FIRST thing you notice, while waiting for the President of the United States in the West Wing lobby of the White House, is the bowl of fun-sized candy bars on an end table, so that you can...

February 02, 2004 | S.L. Price
Undaunted by history, U.S. skier Daron Rahlves blunted Hermann Maier's comeback with a performance for the ages. Then the real excitement began

February 02, 2004 | Mark Bechtel
NASCAR's new math changes but does not fix its ailing scoring system

February 02, 2004 | Mark Bechtel
3,350Copies of his book My Prison Without Bars signed by Pete Rose in seven hours at suburban Cincinnati bookstores last week—one every 7.5 seconds.

February 02, 2004
RetiredAfter a 24-year career with nine teams, Jesse Orosco, 46, who pitched in more big league games (1,252) than anyone else. Finishing 87-80, with a 3.16 ERA and 144 saves, Orosco was an...

February 02, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. Just back from Pete Rose's book signing at Foxwoods. Next week he's heading to Vegas to see if he can get his apology annulled.

February 02, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The 61-year-old Hall of Fame quarterback—who played in four Super Bowls for Dallas—is president of the Staubach Co., a commercial real estate firm with 1,200 employees and 50 offices worldwide.

February 02, 2004
TEXAS NATIVE Jessica Simpson will play David Clyde's girlfriend in Walk On, a movie about the 18-year-old pitcher who broke into the majors with the Rangers in 1973 three weeks after graduating...

February 02, 2004
SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Lakers center, on why he didn't know the phone number for the team's practice facility: "We as humans use only eight percent of our craniums. Why fill it up with nonessential things?"

February 02, 2004
Moments after scoring the game-winning goal in a soccer match in Chile, striker El Rulo was shot in the shoulder by an opposing player.

February 02, 2004
Rabbit, run! In what may be the world's oldest talon contest, a golden eagle swooped down on a hare near the town of Taidy-Korgan in northern Kazakhstan last Friday. It was part of a hunting...

February 02, 2004 | Franz Lidz
Division II cornerback Ricardo Colclough caught the eye of NFL scouts at this year's Senior Bowl

February 02, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

February 02, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
•STRAIGHT TALKTwo strong interviews last week plumbed the pitfalls of celebrity. On ESPN's Outside the Lines, Jeremy Schaap talked to a vulnerable, contrite Joe Namath about the former Jet's...

February 02, 2004
Dan Taylor, MIDDLEFIELD, OHIO Track and Field Taylor, a senior at Ohio State, set an American collegiate record in the weight throw with a toss of 76' 2¼" at the Buckeye Invitational. A week later...

February 02, 2004 | David Sabino
Stars on Ice

February 02, 2004 | David Sabino
IN AND OUT: a. Pavel Bure of the Panthers played in the 2001 game in Denver. Since then, MVPs Bill Guerin, Eric Daze and Healthy all missed the following year's game.

February 02, 2004 | Franz Lidz
Maine gets wild and woolly each winter for the national TOBOGGAN championships

February 02, 2004 | Paul Kariya
The Black Bear turned NHL star says there's nothing like Maine hockey

February 02, 2004 | Bill Syken
Mainers weigh in on sports*

February 02, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
The Panthers believe in themselves and their coach even if others don't, and that approach has put them within one victory of a little.

February 02, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
An NFL defensive coordinator analyzes the men who make the offenses click

February 02, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
SI's resident expert offers up his game tacking the Patriots' complex defense

February 02, 2004 | Jack McCallum
The high-scoring Mavericks are reeling off wins, but with too many power forwards and too little D, do they really have a shot at the title?

February 02, 2004 | Jack McCallum
At week's end each of the Mavericks' top five players was averaging fewer field goal attempts than last year, though the team's 88.1 tries per game led the NBA by 5.9 and were the most since the...

February 02, 2004 | Michael Farber
Phoenix winger Shane Doan was born for the rodeo but instead became the best hockey player you've heard of

February 02, 2004 | Seth Davis
Undersized, underappreciated and beset by adversity, the red-hot Louisville Cardinals are sticking together and sticking it to opponents

February 02, 2004 | Seth Davis
Here are SI's picks for the five best backcourts in the nation.

February 02, 2004
EVER SINCE the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs faced off on a sunny Sunday in Los Angles in 1967, writers have marveled at the bizarre mixture of sport, revelry, commerce and bombast...

February 02, 2004
The game itself is rarely memorable, but what's uttered before, during and after the Super Bowl often is. Just listen in

February 02, 2004
SUPER BOWL XXXVIII PREVIEW

February 02, 2004
Super Bowl scoops from Houston, including daily analysis by Peter King and Don Banks, plus Dr. Z's position-by-position breakdown, at si.com/football.

February 02, 2004
Just the Ticket The top-priced seat at the first Super Bowl went for $12, but that was before the game's name (not to mention the price of admission) was inflated and the Roman numerals were...

February 02, 2004
College BasketballHard-nosed point guard Krauser has Pittsburgh rollingMississippi State: the SEC's best-kept secret

February 02, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Bronx TaleA gritty guard from New York has helped make Pitt a title contender

February 02, 2004 | Chris Ballard
1. Mississippi State is the best team in the SEC.The under-the-radar Bulldogs, who pounded Florida and Georgia last week to improve to 16-1, have two terrific players in 6'9" Lawrence Roberts and...

February 02, 2004 | Tom Verducci
Defective? Underachieving Cuban pitchers are an increasingly risky investment

February 02, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
A Net Loss The firing of coach Byron Scott Weakens the East's reigning power

February 02, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
On the disappointing Bulls (13-31 at week's end): "The only guy worth keeping from the Jerry Krause era is Tyson Chandler, who lacks toughness but at least seems willing to work. Eddy Curry began...

February 02, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Go for TwoThe Australian Open has shown why doubles deserves the spotlight

February 02, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
No Big DealThe trade for Jaromir Jagr won't get the Rangers into the playoffs

February 02, 2004 | Pierre Mcguire
Don't be surprised if classy All-Star defenseman Al MacInnis of the Blues doesn't play another game. The 40-year-old MacInnis, who is out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a...

February 02, 2004 | Rick Reilly
WE'VE HAD Hacksaw, Fridge and Bullet Bob. We've had the Snake, the Hogs and the Mad Stork We've been from Hollywood to Broadway Joe. We've gone through Too Tall and the Smurfs, Sweetness and the...