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December 8, 1997
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Previous Issues

Boom Time
Thanks to Tiger Woods and friends, 1997 will be remembered as the year golf went mainstream
by Gary Van Sickle

News & Notes

Lion King
Barry Sanders of Detroit is running circles around NFL defenses
by Paul Zimmerman

Inside the NFL

Miami Likes Ike
For the Heat, center Isaac Austin has gone from sub to savior
by S.L. Price

Someone Say Meek?
Tennessee relies on three players called Meek, but the Lady Vols aren't
by Kelli Anderson

Inside College Football

This week's Contents photo

Big Back Attack
In spine-tingling action during the Chiefs' 44-9 rout of the 49ers, quarterback Steve Young fumbles upon being hit by K.C. linebacker Anthony Davis.
Photograph by John Biever

Other articles in this week's issue

The White Athlete
The young white male is dropping out of the athletic mainstream
by S.L. Price

Catching Fire
With a sizzling win over the 49ers, the Chiefs became an AFC favorite
by Michael Silver

Dumb and Dumber
With two silly acts the Skins' Michael Westbrook slowed his rise to stardom
by Michael Bamberger

Tough Save
Ken Dryden is conjuring up ideas he hopes will revive the Maple Leafs
by E.M. Swift

Basket Case
Our travel-weary correspondent found the top teams are local rivals
by Austin Murphy

A Cut Above
Pat Tillman of Arizona State is the best player you've never heard of
by Tim Layden

The Maelstrom
An idyllic day ended in tragedy for Hawaii kicker Shannon Smith
by John Ed Bradley

Swede Spot
Davis Cup hero Jonas Bjorkman has shot up to No. 4 in the world
by S.L. Price


Special online features

College Basketball '97-98
SI's college hoops preview rocks the rim. Which teams will travel the road to the Final Four? Check out our men's and women's scouting reports.

The Swingin' A's
The Oakland A's of the swingin' '70s seemed tailor-made for their era. Check out our very retro retrospective of the 1972, 1973 and 1974 championship seasons. SI's Ron Fimrite offers a fond appraisal of baseball's forgotten dynasty.

Baseball Year in Review
A month-by-month look at the 1997 season, from Tino Martinez's record-setting April to Mark McGwire's homer-happy September.

NHL '97-98
Who will win the Stanley Cup? Check out Sports Illustrated's 1997-98 NHL Preview and see what our hockey experts are predicting. With in-depth scouting reports on all 26 teams, SI's look ahead to the season on ice is red hot.

Pro Football '97
Sports Illustrated's Pro Football Preview has scouting reports on all 30 teams, including lineups and stats. SI's experts handicap the races and tell you who's going to win the Super Bowl.

College Football '97
In-depth scouting reports on SI's preseason Top 20, and a ranking of all Division I-A schools from 1 to 112.

Swimsuit '97
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.

Jock Schools
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.

NBA Confidential
Sports Illustrated's season-opening preview, featuring updated scouting reports and a behind-the-scenes report on The Underground NBA.

Pro Basketball '97-98
SI Presents preseason previews on all 29 NBA teams. Can Michael Jordan lead the Chicago Bulls to a sixth title? Or is it Shaq's turn to take the L.A. Lakers to the top?

World Series Archives
Here's the pitch: Every World Series champion, as covered by Sports Illustrated from 1954 to 1996. Relive Don Larsen's no-hitter, Carlton Fisk's homer, and the infamous Mookie ball.

Photo Galleries
SI's photographers take you onto the field and into the action.

A sampler of stories from the Fall 1997 issue of Sports Illustrated's new women's sports magazine. Also check out the Spring '97 issue.

Arthur Ashe
CNN/SI presents a comprehensive look at the tennis champion's full, exemplary and all-too-brief life.

Chicago Bulls Commemorative
A special issue spotlighting the five-time NBA champs, from SI Presents.

The 1996 Olympics
Relive the Centennial Games with this in-depth collection of stories and pictures, including the Sports Illustrated Olympic Daily.

Black Baseball
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.

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