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  USC quarterback Todd Marinovich makes a star turn on the cover of the 1990 College Football Preview. He's benched during the season for skipping class as the Trojans lose two Pac-10 games early and fall out of the race for the Rose Bowl.  
  In BYU's next game, the Holiday Bowl with Texas A&M, Ty Detmer throws one interception and separates both shoulders as the Cougars lose 65-14.

  On this date Ramon Martinez and the Dodgers have a two-game lead in the NL West. Martinez loses his next two starts, and the Dodgers finish the season a game behind the Braves.  
  The Jinx does what National League pitching couldn't -- drive the batting average of the Giants' Barry Bonds down 40 points in two weeks.

  In the month following CEO Phil Knight's appearance, Nike's six-year streak of record earnings ends, its stock plummets, hundreds of employees are laid off, and 37 high school players who had partaken of Nike's hospitality find their eligibility imperiled.  
  In his first five games after SI's College Football Preview Florida State kicker Scott Bentley muffs seven extra points.

  A week after appearing on the cover, Notre Dame loses its No. 1 ranking when the Irish are stunned by Boston College on a last-minute field goal.  
  Widespread NCAA improprieties come to light shortly after Florida State is featured for winning the national championship.

  Dan (Big Daddy) Wilkinson, a defensive tackle from Ohio State, appears on the cover of our NFL draft preview and then fails to make a sack in the Bengals' first six games.  
  Three days after his appearance Giants third baseman Matt Williams, then the league leader in home runs, batting average and RBIs, fouls a pitch off his right foot and breaks it, forcing him to miss 2 1/2 months.

  Mo Vaughn gets the cover treatment as the Red Sox enter the playoffs. He goes 0 for 14 in the Indians' three-game sweep of Boston.  
  The week after Nebraska tailback Ahman Green appears on the cover, he knocks the ball through his own end zone, resulting in a safety, during a 19-0 loss to Arizona State. The Cornhuskers had won 26 straight games.

  Jacksonville's Mark Brunell and Carolina's Kerry Collins share a cover during the playoffs. They also share the same fate in their following games: playoff losses.  
  A week after upsetting top-ranked Florida, LSU feels the Jinx in a 36-21 loss to Ole Miss.

  Texas running back Ricky Williams may be THE TEXAS TORNADO, but in his next game Texas Tech's Ricky Williams outrushes his eponymous counterpart in a 42-35 Red Raiders victory.  
  A week after this appearance Dennis Rodman misses four Lakers games and then takes a leave of absence to address "personal matters." He files for divorce on April 6; L.A. releases him on April 15.

Photographs by: Peter Read Miller, Mike Powell/All Sport, V. J. Lovero, Don Smith, Burk Uzzle, John Biever (2), Damian Strohmeyer, David Liam Kyle, John Iacono, Walter Iooss Jr., Al Tielemans, (Al Tielemans, Peter Read Miller), Bob Rosato, John Biever, John W. McDonough