August 18, 1997 Volume 87, No. 7|
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Two decades after writing his book on New York summer hoops, the author revisits the city game|
by Rick Telander
In decline and disarray since their Super Bowl turn, the Chargers try to retool for the future
by Michael Silver
No Relief in Sight|
For many closers the mental and physical strain of the job has become too much to bear
by Tom Verducci
Riding Shotgun with Jeff Gordon|
Want to hurtle around a banked oval with NASCAR's hottest driver? Strap yourself in
by Tim Layden
Pro Football '97
A selection from the Sports Illustrated Presents NFL Preview, including complete scouting reports on all 30 teams.
Circumnavigate the globe on a navel expedition with the Sports Illustrated 1997 Swimsuit Issue: Bikini World. And don't miss Swimsuit '96: South African Safari.
Check out Sports Illustrated's guide to America's best sports colleges. Is your school on the list?
Sportsman of the Year
Meet Tiger Woods, Sports Illustrated's 1996 Sportsman of the Year.
The Traveling Road Show
Sports Illustrated Presents NASCAR's 1996 Winston Cup Championship, and 1997 NASCAR Season Preview.
Super Bowl XXXI
The Packers and the Patriots fight it out in New Orleans.
Chicago Bulls Commemorative
A special issue spotlighting the five-time NBA champs, from SI Presents.
A sampler of stories from the inaugural issue of Sports Illustrated Women|Sport.
The 1996 Olympics
Relive the Centennial Games with this in-depth collection of stories and pictures, including the Sports Illustrated Olympic Daily.
Long before Jackie Robinson stepped on the field for the Dodgers,
black baseball had a history all its own.
1996: The Year In Pictures
SI's photographers documented a remarkable year in sports.
Through the Fence: Baseball
in New York
An exclusive photo gallery demonstrates that baseball thrives in America's largest city.