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September 06, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 9

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Tom Brady Cover - Sports Illustrated September 06, 2004

September 06, 2004 | Chris Ballard
The education of quarterback Kyle Boller continues, with a run at another Super Bowl hinging on whether he can master the position

September 06, 2004 | Chris Ballard
As running back Rudi Johnson and quarterback Carson Palmer move front and center, hopes are high for ending a 14-year playoff drought

September 06, 2004 | Chris Ballard
The architect of the old Blitzburgh defense returns to energize a faltering unit, but lacking playmakers the team will struggle to make the playoffs

September 06, 2004
Getting released by the 49ers could turn out to be the best thing for Jeff Garcia and his new team, which needed a leader at quarterback

September 06, 2004 | Josh Elliott
A pair of franchise cornerstones are gone, but nobody's pushing the panic button--not with league co-MVP Steve McNair running the show

September 06, 2004 | Josh Elliott
There's a youth movement afoot in the secondary as Tony Dungy tinkers with a unit that learned a lesson from the Patriots last year

September 06, 2004 | Josh Elliott
Comfortable as a drop-back passer and slimmed down, Byron Leftwich looks to pick up where he left off last year for this dark-horse contender

September 06, 2004 | Josh Elliott
Tired of being labeled with the E word, the newest franchise only wants to see expansion in the win column--and a revamped defense is the key

September 06, 2004 | Peter King
The old defensive coordinator has been succeeded by the old head coach, but will that be enough to fix a unit that was embarrassing a year ago?

September 06, 2004 | Peter King
One way or another the Trade, like the Drive, will go down in team history. The onus is on Champ Bailey to make it a happy memory

September 06, 2004 | Peter King
In a major renovation project, the dilapidated defense has been turned over to a former Pats assistant and a crew of veteran free-agent pickups

September 06, 2004 | Peter King
Who knows what the future holds for this team? Until a pass rusher is found and a quarterback is developed, there's no end in sight to the losing

September 06, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
Two understudies move into starting roles in the secondary, having to cover for departed veterans in the glare of a run at the Super Bowl

September 06, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
With the return of Joe Gibbs and the trade for an elite running back, the franchise looks to its former offense to recapture its former glory

September 06, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
A couple of stopgap veterans and a rookie are called on to toughen up and add depth to a line that was more offensive than effective last season

September 06, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
Vinny Testaverde throwing to Keyshawn Johnson? Sounds like 1998 in N.Y., but it's 2004 in Big D as some old Jets try to rev up a sluggish offense

September 06, 2004 | Michael Silver
With the addition of a hard-hitting corner, the secondary takes the lead in trying to turn a weak defense that blew a playoff berth into a strength

September 06, 2004 | Michael Silver
New coach Lovie Smith delivers an aggressive, opportunistic defensive scheme that should make star linebacker Brian Urlacher even better

September 06, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
A team that thrives on its great chemistry gets a big boost when its catalyst--and best linebacker--returns after beating Hodgkin's

September 06, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
After a frustrating first season with the team, Peerless Price welcomes the return to health of Michael Vick and a new pass-happy offense

September 06, 2004 | Josh Elliott
After three seasons of underachieving, the players say they've buckled down and eliminated the distractions that kept them out of the playoffs

September 06, 2004 | Josh Elliott
Coach Jon Gruden got rid of some old headaches but may have created a few more by putting together an offense that won't get better with age

September 06, 2004 | Michael Silver
The pieces are in place for a title run, but there's a catch: A talented trio of wide receivers can't let the opportunity slip through their fingers

September 06, 2004 | M.S.
He has a swagger that comes with the starting quarterback job and a huge new contract. But can Marc Bulger get the offense cranked up again?

September 06, 2004
PLAYER VALUE RANKING

September 06, 2004 | Rick Reilly
What's an Olympic gold medal worth? The woman who just won the 200meter butterfly in Athens is fixing to find out.

September 06, 2004
School Letters

September 06, 2004
Remember the Flyers

September 06, 2004
LETTERS

September 06, 2004 | Steve Rushin
In the center of Athens, overlooking the Temple of Zeus, is another ancient anachronism called the Athens Tennis Club, which was converted during the 17 days just past into the Olympians Reunion...

September 06, 2004 | Jeff Benedict
Kobe Bryant's sexual-assault trial is sure to have its He-Said-She-Said moments. But the story told by blood stains, body fluids and other physical evidence may decide his fate

September 06, 2004 | BILL SCHEFT
Well, the Republican Convention is winding down. Are you like me? Are you waiting for John Kerry to hire Butch Harmon to work on the swing states?

September 06, 2004
15:59 Time, in hours and minutes, it took retired American Airlines pilot George Brunstad, 70, to swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, on Sunday, making him the oldest swimmer to cross...

September 06, 2004
Celebrated by the tiny island of Curaçao (pop. 192,000), the first Little League World Series title by a team from the Caribbean. Curaçao cruised to a 5-2 win over U.S. champ Thousand Oaks,...

September 06, 2004 | JULIA MORRILL
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

September 06, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
Everybody who lives in Liberty City knows the best ticket out of the rough, poor Miami neighborhood is a football scholarship, and Miami Northwestern High School has produced 19 NFL players. In...

September 06, 2004
Thanks to the 2002 women's champ, the U.S. Open will have a decidedly retro look. "I thought about what I like to wear, and I like denim, so I started sketching tennis outfits and Nike did the...

September 06, 2004
Gambling websites are taking bets on whether Kobe Bryant will be convicted of sexual assault (1 to 2) and divorced (2 to 1) by the end of 2004.

September 06, 2004
Boxer who will make $10 million for a Sept. 18 fight with Oscar De La Hoya, on why he shops at Sam's Club: "You have to bag it, but it's worth the savings."

September 06, 2004
Which sport would you like to see eliminated from the Olympics?

September 06, 2004
Embattled Phillies manager Larry Bowa will keep his job until at least the end of the season, according to general manager Ed Wade.

September 06, 2004 | TOM VERDUCCI
The Braves have apparently won the NL East again, but can they do any damage in the playoffs?

September 06, 2004
Kurt Pessa, LUBBOCK, TEXAS

September 06, 2004 | Tim Layden
The vaunted 4x100 relay teams both came up short for the first time in Olympic history, but the U.S. still reached the top of the medal heap

September 06, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
• While the U.S. performed largely as expected, winning a Games-high 103 medals (six more than in Sydney), several other countries surprisingly fared well or faltered.

September 06, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
U.S. boxing is bruised, but Andre Ward punched a golden ticket

September 06, 2004 | Don Yaeger
There were two surprises about the record number of athletes--24, compared with the previous high of 12, at the 1984 Los Angeles Games--forced out of the Olympics by drug tests: Half were women...

September 06, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
Saving her best for last, Dawn Staley showed the U.S. women, on and off the court, the way to a third straight gold

September 06, 2004 | Jack McCallum
There's more to U.S. men's basketball's bronze medal finish than a better class of opponents. But will changes be made?

September 06, 2004 | Jack McCallum
INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS are not exactly a novelty in the NBA. But not all of the good ones are in the league, some because they haven't been given the chance, others because they're happy where...

September 06, 2004 | Michael Farber
Cael Sanderson added Olympic gold to his remarkable résumé

September 06, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
• After the U.S. team of Misty May and Kerri Walsh rolled to the women's beach volleyball gold, May left behind something dear to her on the court. Her father, Butch, had brought to Athens a...

September 06, 2004 | E.M. Swift
• No one tried to sugarcoat it: Bronze wasn't the medal the U.S. women's water polo team had come for. "We had some emotional moments," captain Heather Moody said of the day off between the...

September 06, 2004 | GRANT WAHL
In a fitting tribute to Mia Hamm and four other veterans, the U.S. women's soccer team showed its pluck with an overtime rally

September 06, 2004
• Michael Phelps will tour the U.S. with other Olympians to promote his sport, then return to action in October at the world short-course championships in Indianapolis.

September 06, 2004
• The IOC will choose the 2012 host city next July, and contingents from all five finalists were in Athens trying to win friends and votes. As the Games closed, the favorite was Paris (inset),...

September 06, 2004 | S.L. Price
Running ahead of schedule, China made a move on the Olympic powers in Athens. As host in 2008, it expects to dominate

September 06, 2004 | ALBERT CHEN
Everybody said Atlanta's run was over, at long last. But look who's back in control of the National League East

September 06, 2004
Every team wants them, and every coach cherishes the ones he's got. They deliver hits that change a game's momentum and withstand blows that keep drives alive. In the following pages, behold the...

September 06, 2004 | MICHAEL SILVER
Tough-minded LADAINIAN TOMLINSON is the league's highest-paid running back, but he doesn't get his props because he plays for the woeful Chargers

September 06, 2004 | JOSH ELLIOTT
Tough-talking MATT HASSELBECK may be best known for a bold prediction gone awry, but he has also emerged as one of the game's top quarterbacks

September 06, 2004
Face Facts

September 06, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
When it comes to players with grit, here's the lineup Paul Zimmerman wants on his side--22 lunch-pailers who play hurt and never take a down off. You won't find situational pass rushers here or...

September 06, 2004
DR. Z'S POWER RANKINGS

September 06, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
The Super Bowl champs aren't standing pat--they've added youngsters to an aging defense and a marquee running back to the mix on offense

September 06, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
The defense has a whole new look, with an aggressive coordinator and a handful of rookies who are being counted on to contribute immediately

September 06, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
New coach Mike Mularkey has some tricks up his sleeve for an offense that has a couple of new weapons, but first he has to straighten out the line

September 06, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
A shocking retirement and a season-ending injury turn a perennial playoff contender into an also-ran with more questions than answers

September 06, 2004
Complete SCOUTING REPORTS p.91

September 06, 2004 | JON WERTHEIM
Move over, Venus and Serena. The next generation of African-American stars is surging through the junior ranks

September 06, 2004 | JON WERTHEIM
Here are five male phenoms worth watching

September 06, 2004 | Michael Silver
Dennis Green is in a hurry to win, but with an untested quarterback and a 35-year-old running back, progress will be slower than he expects

September 06, 2004 | PETER KING
Tough-as-nails DONOVAN MCNABB finally has a big-play receiver, but the Eagles' title hopes could rest on whether he can keep TERRELL OWENS happy

September 06, 2004 | PETER KING
The outspoken wide receiver has an opinion on everything. All you have to do is get him started