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September 27, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 12

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September 27, 2004
One look at these athletes at the moment their talent bloomed and you'll know how sweet it is to be a Can't-Miss Kid

September 27, 2004
A quick trip through some of the best writing from 50 years of SI--in 60 words or less

September 27, 2004
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September 27, 2004
A new way to look at the creation of bigtime sports in America, with an assist from Michelangelo

September 27, 2004
We've been collecting these harbingers of doom for 11 years now, but that doesn't mean the end isn't coming

September 27, 2004 | E.M. SWIFT
SPORTS FANS SAY Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player of the past 50 years (page 167); Marvin (Bad News) Barnes didn't get a single vote, but if you never saw him play a game--or show...

September 27, 2004
Think of the people quoted here as the spiritual descendants of Yogi Berra, imparting precious pearls of wisdom

September 27, 2004
But enough about SPORTS ILLUSTRATED--here's what sports fans think about the past 50 years

September 27, 2004 | Steve Rushin
It's true that someone has to win and someone has to lose, but nobody has to make these kinds of colossal blunders

September 27, 2004 | Produced by Patti O'Brien
Instant replay has vastly enriched the lives of all sports fans, so why not bring it to the Swimsuit Issue? MARISSA MILLER re-creates 10 highlights from SI's most illustrious--and sometimes...

September 27, 2004 | Rick Reilly
So what better way to toast SI's 50th anniversary than this: Call those original subscribers who've been with us for every issue. You know, find out what got them started, what kept them...

September 27, 2004
Filled with the spirit of creation during a tour of the Sistine Chapel last year, senior editor Bob Roe turned to his wife, Nancy, and whispered, "I've got a really sick idea." He was imagining...

September 27, 2004 | Melissa Segura
AUGUST 28, 1989

September 27, 2004
Pickin' and A-Grinnin'

September 27, 2004
George Yardley, one of the most influential players in the history of the NBA, dies and gets no mention in your magazine. Yardley, who played for the Fort Wayne Pistons and stayed with them when...

September 27, 2004
LETTERS

September 27, 2004 | Steve Rushin
Tom coughlin has more rules of order than Robert. There's only one thing wound tighter than the New York Giants' coach, and that's his wristwatch, which famously runs five minutes fast. As a...

September 27, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
He's 45, thick in the middle, and he'd rather be fishing. But Gary Anderson is back in the NFL--where a guy with a good foot will always be welcome

September 27, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The Hall of Famer is a spokesman for the NFL's Tackling Men's Health campaign

September 27, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. Well, Maurice Clarett never gives up. Now, he's telling people he got his car from Oprah.

September 27, 2004 | Yi-Wyn Yen
Rather than dress immodestly by the standards of her faith, a player quits

September 27, 2004 | Mark Bechtel
$4,000 Amount contributed to George W. Bush's reelection campaign by Bobby Valentine, whom Bush, then the team's president, fired as Rangers manager in 1992.

September 27, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Suspended For the remainder of the season, Rangers pitcher Frank Francisco (circled), who threw a folding chair into the crowd during a Sept. 13 dustup between Texas relievers and loudmouthed...

September 27, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Postwar pitching ace Rose Gacioch was in a league of her own

September 27, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
There were knockouts as far as the eye could see last Saturday at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, but thankfully none were administered by Miss Washington. Allison Porter (right), 24,...

September 27, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Reebok has developed a $65,000 Allen Iverson shoe that has 246 diamonds.

September 27, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
MARQUIS WEEKS

September 27, 2004 | Mark Bechtel
The most pressing question left unanswered in Hu$tle, ESPN's movie about Pete Rose (Sept. 25, 9 p.m.), isn't What is Peter Bogdanovich doing directing this? It's What is that thing on Tom...

September 27, 2004 | Julia Morrill
What to watch and watch for

September 27, 2004 | Pete McEntegart
1 Here's how long baseball has been dragging its feet on the Expos: The D.C. bid might be imperiled by influential politician Marion Barry. Yes, that Marion Barry. The 68-year-old former mayor of...

September 27, 2004
Whom should SI name as its tennis players of the year?

September 27, 2004
MONDAY

September 27, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Kim Grodek BARRINGTON, ILL. > Soccer

September 27, 2004 | Josh Elliott
Raiders Defensive End

September 27, 2004 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
WHO'S Hot

September 27, 2004 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Based on a survey of 354 players

September 27, 2004 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
THE ANIMALS IN THEIR LIVES

September 27, 2004 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
COWBOYS VS. REDSKINS

September 27, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
How the Cowboys' Eddie George keeps himself on the field

September 27, 2004 | Chris Hope
Safety, Pittsburgh Steelers

September 27, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
WARRIOR I Stretches hamstrings while working glutes and quads and opening up the chest. "There's a sense of strength to it," says George. ADVANCED FRONT PLANK "This exercise is one of the hardest...

September 27, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
BREAKFAST An egg-white omelet with feta cheese, spinach and onions, and a glass of grapefruit juice. LUNCH Chicken breast or fish with brown rice. DINNER (below) Salmon with a baked potato and a...

September 27, 2004 | Adam Duerson
It's Elway or the highway in the city where folks are a mile high on their team

September 27, 2004 | Adam Duerson
What the Chargers like about their day trip to Denver

September 27, 2004 | Adam Duerson
• COST TO BUILD: $400 million

September 27, 2004 | Adam Duerson
For those of you still driving around Green Bay, looking for Brett Favre's Steakhouse, or City Stadium, our apologies. Due to fact-checking errors, last week's SI Players map incorrectly placed...

September 27, 2004
WELL-HEELED For a few hours, until the NFL caught up with him, Deion Sanders stood out with custom Nike cleats. The white cross reflected his devoutness; 21 was his original number. (Neon now...

September 27, 2004
The Week In Sports

September 27, 2004 | Peter King
Peyton Manning and the Colts made key plays in critical situations to knock off the AFC South rival Titans

September 27, 2004 | Peter King
HOT TOPIC

September 27, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
CAROLINA'S FORMULA

September 27, 2004 | Peter King
A NEW PROTOTYPE

September 27, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
REDSKINS QUARTERBACK Mark Brunell wilted under the Giants' pass rush on Sunday in the Meadowlands and left the game early with an injured hamstring. His replacement, Patrick Ramsey, threw three...

September 27, 2004 | Albert Chen
Sammy's slammin' again, and Cubs fans are dancin' in the aisles as their team fights for the NL wild card

September 27, 2004 | Tom Verducci
CROSSING THE LINE

September 27, 2004 | Lars Anderson
With Jason Campbell running a retooled offense, Auburn has taken control of the SEC West from LSU

September 27, 2004 | Lars Anderson
The top performers from Saturday's games

September 27, 2004 | Kelley King
TENNESSEE

September 27, 2004 | Phil Taylor
A BAD CALL

September 27, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
Bernard Hopkins took his rightful place in the spotlight with a body blow that crumpled Oscar De La Hoya

September 27, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
Mike Tyson's manager, Shelly Finkel, believes that Iron Mike will be back next year, even after a defeat at the hands of Danny Williams over the summer.... It was freeloader heaven for boxing...

September 27, 2004 | Alan Shipnuck
With toughness and togetherness, the breezy Europeans blew away the uptight U.S. to win the Ryder Cup

September 27, 2004
Tiger Woods (below) may have underachieved in his four Ryder Cup appearances, but he is rapidly closing in on a Ryder record: most partners. Woods has been paired with 10 different players in his...

September 27, 2004
Since 1954 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has witnessed a fascinating--and occasionally confounding--convergence of sports and society, as the games have become bigger, the athletes better and the stakes so...

September 27, 2004 | Jeff MacGregor
TRACK US ALL BACK, EVERY ONE OF US, BACK PAST THE WHEEL and the horse and language and fire, further back than civilization or history itself, back so far into buried time that even the...

September 27, 2004
50 YEARS of SPORTS

September 27, 2004 | John Garrity
Sutton leaves no doubt about who's in charge, and who can keep a secret

September 27, 2004 | Gary Van Sickle
Sparked by Colin Montgomerie, the Europeans eviscerate the Americans

September 27, 2004 | John Garrity
A ray of hope for the Americans is extinguished by a late European surge

September 27, 2004 | Michael Bamberger
If anyone still had doubts, the U.S. showed who's the real underdog

September 27, 2004
Anatomy of a BLOWOUT

September 27, 2004 | RICK REILLY
Who's responsible for the most embarrassing, lopsided U.S loss ever? Take your pick

September 27, 2004 | Andrew Lawrence
At 19, Joe Henderson III has a chance to blaze a new path for African-Americans in stock car racing

September 27, 2004 | Andrew Lawrence
Programs such as Drive for Diversity are creating opportunities for minorities and women in racing. Here are three drivers who, like Joe Henderson III, got off to a fast start in the Dodge Weekly...

September 27, 2004 | Grant Wahl
Jonathan Spector, an 18-year-old from suburban Chicago, is the latest young Yank to hit it big in England

September 27, 2004 | Grant Wahl
Here's an update on four of Jonathan Spector's teammates from the U.S. team that finished fifth at the 2003 Under-17 World Championships.

September 27, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
In an effort to boost its profile in the sports world, the America's Cup is trying to become more fan-friendly

September 27, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
The Contenders

September 27, 2004 | Charles Hirshberg
A management expert seeks out the shared principles of winning in business and sports

September 27, 2004 | Charles Hirshberg
For readers willing to exert some mental energy, there's loads to learn about the science of the gridiron

September 27, 2004 | Gene Menez
Howard Schnellenberger built Florida Atlantic from scratch and intends to turn the program into a national power

September 27, 2004 | Pauls Toutonghi
The Golden State Warriors have an unlikely new fan base, thanks to top draft pick Andris Biedrins

September 27, 2004 | Pauls Toutonghi
Lithuania, rather than Latvia, has been the top Baltic country for producing NBA players, judging by this quartet's feats.

September 27, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
Retrosheet.org is compiling, digitizing and posting the box scores of every game in major league history

September 27, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
Great Site Lines

September 27, 2004
We've grown accustomed to their faces, but before they became icons, they were prodigies, beguiling us with their innocence ... and grit