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May 17, 2004 | Volume 100, Issue 20

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Karl Malone Cover - Sports Illustrated May 17, 2004

May 17, 2004
Picture ThisCongrats for a stunning issue on 50 years of sports photography (The Pictures, April 26). SI was and is the pinnacle of the art form. Employing masters like Walter Iooss Jr., Heinz...

May 17, 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.

May 17, 2004 | Phil Taylor
Reggie Jackson, the former slugger who during his playing days had more boos directed at him than a kid in a haunted house, insisted that he didn't mind verbal abuse from spectators; he took it as...

May 17, 2004 | Josh Elliott
Third-string quarterback Jesse Palmer took a role on The Bachelor and endeared himself to a nation of reality TV fans. Can that charm win over his new coach?

May 17, 2004 | Lars Anderson
Schumacher's success has F/1 rewriting its regulations

May 17, 2004 | Lars Anderson
Seven days after Jose Santos won the 2003 Kentucky Derby on Funny Cide, the Miami Herald published a photo it said showed him carrying a shock-inducing buzzer. An investigation found the illegal...

May 17, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
Mike Danton thanks the man he allegedly tried to have murdered

May 17, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
6Consecutive postseason double-digit wins for the Pacers, an NBA record.

May 17, 2004
RetiredFrom organized sausage racing, Mandy Block, who was knocked to the ground by then Pirates first baseman Randall Simon while she was wearing an Italian sausage costume during a Brewers game...

May 17, 2004 | Adam Duerson
Attended

May 17, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. I'll be honest, I've been in better spirits. Two days ago my psychotherapist presented me with the Crybaby Award.

May 17, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The rapper-actor and Orange County youth football coach stars in Soul Plane, which opens May 28.

May 17, 2004
He's always on the road; several women have claimed he's cheated on his wife, Victoria, with them; and his sons, Romeo and Brooklyn, may very well grow up to hate the names he gave them. But David...

May 17, 2004
Tom Petty would be proud. In the skies over Perris Valley, Calif., on April 30, 42 thrill-seeking women and men broke the world record for the largest number of people free-flying in formation....

May 17, 2004
On Sept. 4 the Class A Daytona Cubs are giving away a funeral.

May 17, 2004
DUSTY BAKERCubs manager, after outfielder Moises Alou (far left) said he urinated on his own hands to harden them: "I notice guys don't want to shake hands with him. Everybody just gives him the...

May 17, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

May 17, 2004 | Sridhar Pappu
•BEHIND THE WHEELOn May 14, FX debuts NASCAR Drivers: 360, an hourlong weekly series that follows the personal and professional lives of some of the sport's biggest names. While many programs...

May 17, 2004
Will Carr, SALT LAKE CITYBaseballCarr, a junior righthander at Emory, earned his 12th victory of the season, a school record, in a game against North Carolina Wesleyan. He leads the NCAA Division...

May 17, 2004
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May 17, 2004
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May 17, 2004
Focus on the playoffs: For more top shots from SI photographers, including daily photo galleries of the latest NBA and NHL postseason action, go to si.com.

May 17, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
No, not the one with the casinos—the one that holds the open-to-all drag racing blowout called Midnight Mayhem

May 17, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
For more about sports in Nevada and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

May 17, 2004 | Andre Agassi
To succeed in Nevada, all you have to do is dream—and follow through

May 17, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
Nevadans weigh in on sports*

May 17, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
To read an SI Flashback story about the Runnin' Rebels' 1990 NCAA championship, view a gallery of Las Vegas fight covers or submit your own Nevada sports memory, go to si.com/50.

May 17, 2004 | Jack McCallum
A Game 3 rout of San Antonio kept L.A.'s title hopes alive, but win or lose, this is the last stand for these Lakers

May 17, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
Even without shooting, Pacers point guard Jamaal Tinsley has shown he can beat the Heat

May 17, 2004 | Michael Farber
But they do. After upsetting Vancouver and Detroit the nearly starless Calgary Flames are now attacking the Sharks

May 17, 2004 | Michael Farber
For more NHL playoff coverage, including breakdowns of every series, go to si.com/hockey/nhl/specials/playoffs/2004.

May 17, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
Dave Andreychuk, 40, turned the Lightning around. Will he finally win a Cup?

May 17, 2004 | Tom Verducci
Barry Bonds is playing in his own universe, where the strategies are twisted, the numbers are absurd—and everyone's frustrated

May 17, 2004 | Tom Verducci
The chart below examines the relative merits of pitching to and walking Barry Bonds, given all combinations of outs and base runners possible when he comes to bat. the figures are the number of...

May 17, 2004
Hook, Line and SinkerMarlins ace Josh Beckett had the Padres fishing for base hits in Florida on Sunday, holding them to a single run over six innings. Beckett improved his record to 3-2 for the...

May 17, 2004
Let's face it: When it comes to cold cash, pro athletes live in a different world from the rest of us. It can make us furious, or it can make us envious. But let's just be vicarious

May 17, 2004 | Compiled by Jonah Freedman
In assembling SI's inaugural list of the top 50 American athletes by current annual income, here are some things we learned: Top-ranked Tiger Woods nearly doubled No. 2 Shaquille O'Neal's...

May 17, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
Let's say your job pays you, oh, $15 million a year. What in the world do you do with that much dough? Here's what

Behind those monied athletes are specialists who cater to their every need

May 17, 2004 | Yi-Wyn Yen
No sport spreads the wealth around like golf. Players' wives are royally pampered, instructors and caddies get rich, and even physical therapists fly first-class

May 17, 2004 | Michael Bamberger
Retired big league pitcher Mark Clark was no star, but he got paid like one. And now he's living the good life—with all the toys to prove it

May 17, 2004 | Melissa Segura
With his NBA loot Matt Geiger has become a latter-day Noah

May 17, 2004 | Melissa Segura
Alec Kessler used his Miami Heat money for medical school

May 17, 2004 | Melissa Segura
Thanks to one big tennis prize, David Wheaton is blessed

May 17, 2004
OlympicsThree bomb blasts in Athens raise new security concerns, but athletes aren't getting cold feet

May 17, 2004 | Tim Layden
The Athens bomb blasts raised new concerns, but athletes aren't bailing

May 17, 2004 | Tim Layden
For more coverage, including news and schedules, go to si.com/olympics/2004.

May 17, 2004 | Albert Chen
ThrowbackColorado hopes to solve its pitching woes with the old four-man rotation

May 17, 2004 | Albert Chen
Freddy Garcia, RHP, MarinersDespite the worst run support in the AL (1.90 runs per nine innings through Sunday), Garcia was 1-1 and still ranked first in the AL in ERA (2.11) and tied for third in...

May 17, 2004 | Tom Verducci
A STAFF IN DECLINE

May 17, 2004 | Mark Beech
Back from his European odyssey, Jovan Kirovski is flourishing in MLS

May 17, 2004 | Mark Beech
Plans for a July 31 matchup in Foxboro between MLS All-Stars and Spanish titan Real Madrid remain up in the air. Real, boasting such stars as Ronaldo, David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane, is...

May 17, 2004 | Rick Reilly
Dear 2004 graduating class of sports fans, jocks, wannabes, willbes, players, playaz and everybody in between: Thank you for allowing me to deliver your commencement address.