We know, we know—four weeks in a row. Thanks to world titles, megadeals and
unbeaten seasons, teams from Boston have taken over SI's last four covers
(inset), and in yet another precious moment of late on the Hub's sports scene,
fireworks and the beaming mug of newcomer Kevin Garnett lit up the TD Banknorth
Garden before the tip-off of the Celtics' season last Friday. KG didn't
disappoint his new fans in the opener: Garnett had 22 points, 20 rebounds, five
assists, three steals and three blocks in a 103--83 win over the Wizards.
Rookie on a
En route to setting an NFL record with 296 yards rushing in just his eighth
game, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rambled for a 46-yard,
fourth-quarter touchdown on Sunday at the Metrodome. Peterson is the league's
leading rusher at midseason with 1,036 yards (page 46). Also in Minnesota's
35--17 victory, Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie (inset) set an NFL record
by returning a failed field goal attempt 109 yards.
In 1965 SI photographer Neil Leifer rigged a camera under the second base bag
at Dodger Stadium, where he captured Willie Davis in mid-slide. That and other
priceless shots—including those of (below, left to right) Sandy Koufax, Casey
Stengel and Bill Mazeroski—are available in a new, limited-edition collection,
Neil Leifer's Ballet in the Dirt: The Golden Age of Baseball (inset).
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