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Online articles from the magazine
December 29, 1997 - January 5, 1998
Sports Illustrated Cover
Cover photo by
George Lange

Previous Issues

Rush to the Super Bowl
What teams need to get there: a strong running attack and a week off
by Michael Silver

Inside the NFL

Flash Point
In the Rose, Washington State's air attack will meet Michigan's fired-up D
by Tim Layden

With No Due Respect
By winning the Orange, Nebraska could end up without a loss—or the title
by Ivan Maisel

Inside College Football

This week's Contents photo

The Year in Covers


Other articles in this week's issue

Looming Large
Ex-brawler and boozer Chris Pronger now stands tall for the Blues
by Michael Farber

A Big Hit
A's slugger Matt Stairs's good deeds have made him a hero in Mexico
by Kostya Kennedy

Vive LaFrentz
Kansas star Raef LaFrentz has small-town roots and a big-time game
by Gerry Callahan

A Tough Question
Toronto's Tracy McGrady skipped college. Is he happy? Yes, but....
by Tim Crothers

Moments of Truth
SI's writers and photographers found 1997 to be a time of heroics and of stunning villainy

Return Man
Here's an inside look at Dick Vermeil's first year as the Rams' coach
by Peter King


Special online features

Sportsman of the Year
Sports Illustrated honors North Carolina's Dean Smith. View vintage action shots of Dean's greatest players, hear audio from his greatest prodigy. Also, check out updated capsules on SI's previous choices for Sportsman of the Year.

1997: The Year in Review
Great moments, top performers, cool photos, sound bites and features from Sports Illustrated. Don't miss our list of 1997's Top 10 stories. To see what we ranked No. 1, click ear.

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.

Ups and Downs
The best and worst of 1997, as selected by a panel of Sports Illustrated writers and CNN/SI anchors. Start with the King of all media, and then browse.

The Biggest Games Ever
Ring in the New Year with this classic collection of college football bowl game photos and memories.

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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