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September 20, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 11

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Michael Vick Cover - Sports Illustrated September 20, 2004

September 20, 2004
This week more than 1.4 million Americans will teach in an elementary school; another 100,000 will wield a dentist's drill; 40,000 will trim trees for a living. And 1,696 men will put on their...

September 20, 2004
Soft Focus

September 20, 2004
Your Aug. 30 cover marked the second appearance for softball pitcher Cat Osterman. She was also on the Stanford- versus-Texas college sports cover (Oct. 7, 2002). Excluding swimsuit models, are...

September 20, 2004
LETTERS

September 20, 2004 | Andrew Lawrence
SEPTEMBER 5, 1994

September 20, 2004 | Steve Rushin
Until recently, the most memorable day in the 105-year history of football at the University of Connecticut was Sept. 22, 1984, when the Huskies' Gregg Morrisonalmost returned a kick for a...

September 20, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
On Saturday, Bernard Hopkins tries to cement his status as an alltime great. But one legacy is secure: He's the most penny-pinching pugilist around

September 20, 2004 | Jeff Benedict
Why do Bryant's lawyers want his statement to police sealed? Because he admits to a further infidelity and says another player paid women hush money

September 20, 2004
As the Guinness Book investigates, two bowlers wait on pins and needles

September 20, 2004
13 Consecutive Royals who reached base in the third inning of Kansas City's 26-5 win over the Tigers last Thursday, tying an AL record set by the A's in 1956.

September 20, 2004 | Michael Farber
The last great hockey we're likely to see for some time left a lasting impression

September 20, 2004
Three years after his last big league homer, a slugger takes up pitching

September 20, 2004
Fulfilled His vow to run to the home of every Thai boxer who won a gold medal in Athens, Uthen Theekayu. The 41-year-old waiter from Rayong Province, Thailand, ran 250 miles over eight days (he...

September 20, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Still disappointed over the second-season premiere of The Apprentice. Be honest. How many of you were sure Trump was going to fire Gary Bettman?

September 20, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The actor-director-writer (Swingers) plays a sports agent in Wimbledon, which opens on Friday.

September 20, 2004
At Oakland's home opener this weekend the Raiderettes will be looking Smooth in white boots from Carlos Santana's line of footwear. The Grammy winner has both a football fetish (he's a Raiders...

September 20, 2004
Racing pigeons in Great Britain are now tested for performance-enhancing drugs.

September 20, 2004
DARRELL JACKSON

September 20, 2004 | Julia Morrill
What to watch and watch for

September 20, 2004
With Season of Life, writer and former Baltimore Colts ball boy Jeffrey Marx has the rarest of publishing phenomena on his hands--an inspiring read that blossomed into a word-of-mouth best seller...

September 20, 2004
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September 20, 2004
If you caught Barry Bonds's 700th homer, what would you do with the ball?

September 20, 2004
Art Howe's tenure with the Mets will reportedly end on Oct. 3. Owner Fred Wilpon was persuaded to fire the manager during a summit of team brass last Friday.

September 20, 2004
Stuart Sitterson

September 20, 2004 | As told to Michael Silver
Colts Running Back

September 20, 2004
[WHO'S Hot]

September 20, 2004 | Amanda Cherrin
LIONS RUNNING BACK

September 20, 2004
WARRICK DUNN

September 20, 2004
Who'll win the Eagles-Vikings game on Monday night? In a video-game rehearsal, Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle battled Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie in EA Sports Madden 2005 on Xbox Live

September 20, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
How the Pats' Ty Law builds speed

September 20, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
• Law doesn't eat breakfast. "The way Bob works us, I'd probably throw up if I did."

September 20, 2004 | Shaun Alexander
Seahawks Running Back

September 20, 2004 | Map Reporter: Adam Duerson
... where football and cheese go together like sports and dairy products

September 20, 2004 | Map Reporter: Adam Duerson
199 miles NW Ashland, Wis. Birthplace of gold medal gymnast Paul Hamm.

September 20, 2004 | Map Reporter: Adam Duerson
What the Bears do on a trip to Green Bay

September 20, 2004
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September 20, 2004 | MICHAEL SILVER
Electrifying quarterback Michael Vick showed flashes of his former self and silenced skeptics as the new-look Falcons held off the 49ers

September 20, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
Daunte Culpepper threw for a career-high five touchdowns and spread the wealth around

September 20, 2004 | Josh Elliott
The Bus made the short trips, but Duce Staley drove the offense in a win over the Raiders

September 20, 2004 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Exciting things are afoot in Berkeley, where high-scoring Cal is in the Pac-10 hunt thanks to quarterback Aaron Rodgers and brilliant young coach...

September 20, 2004
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September 20, 2004 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Only a year ago, the L.A. brass was losing patience with gifted young third baseman Adrian Beltre. Now he leads the majors in homers and might just be the league's MVP

September 20, 2004 | Tom Verducci
In the National League, the wild-card scheme is proving its value as five clubs are keeping their hopes alive

September 20, 2004 | LARS ANDERSON
The Chase is on and very fast friends Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are the drivers to beat in the brand new 10-race showdown

September 20, 2004 | L. JON WERTHEIM
At the U.S. Open, Roger Federer confirmed his hegemony over the men and Svetlana Kuznetsova consolidated the Russian revolution in the women's game

September 20, 2004 | GARY SMITH
Thanks to one woman's fervent mission, African-American kids in Philadelphia have found a refuge from violence and despair in the least likely sport of all.

September 20, 2004
The Week In Sports

September 20, 2004 | Stewart Mandel
In his first college game, running back Darius Walker powered Notre Dame to a stunning upset of No. 8 Michigan

September 20, 2004 | Stewart Mandel
1. Florida State won't win a national title with senior quarterback Chris Rix. Against Miami, Rix made the same kind of mistakes he's been making since he was a freshman, turning the ball over...

September 20, 2004 | Kelley King
Defensive Back U

September 20, 2004 | Phil Taylor
NOT SO UPSETTING

September 20, 2004 | Mark Beech
BC's Electric Quarterback

September 20, 2004 | Phil Taylor
With better thinking at the plate, the A's Eric Chavez has solved lefthanded pitchers and made his game whole

September 20, 2004 | Phil Taylor
A.J. Burnett, RHP, Marlins

September 20, 2004 | Tom Verducci
GOING TOP-HEAVY

September 20, 2004 | Peter King
The Ravens think Deion Sanders can help get them to the Super Bowl, even in the role of part-time nickelback

September 20, 2004 | Peter King
Hot Topic

September 20, 2004 | Peter King
NEW ATTITUDE IN DETROIT

September 20, 2004 | Peter King
DISPATCHES

September 20, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
I NEVER thought of Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore as a genius when I first knew him in his Steelers days, about 25 years ago. He was just a hardworking assistant on Chuck Noll's staff, a...

September 20, 2004 | Rick Reilly
Not all the Barry Bonds letters I get are written in blood, crayon or words cut out of magazines.

September 20, 2004
The Chase Begins

September 20, 2004 | Grant Wahl
The World Cup finals are still two years off, but the global battle to reach them is well under way

September 20, 2004 | Grant Wahl
Three feel-good stories from World Cup qualifying

September 20, 2004 | Charles Hirshberg
Why the Miami Hurricanes continue to stir the emotions of a football nation

September 20, 2004 | Charles Hirshberg
One man's season spent reveling in--and coming to terms with--his passion for Alabama football

September 20, 2004
Wolff somehow managed to capture the very essence of the Connors experience: the intensity, the thrills, the chills and, yes, the occasional embarrassment. It's why I cared in the 1970s and 1980s,...

September 20, 2004 | Franz Lidz
At home and on the field Melvin Mora has become one of the game's most prolific players