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October 04, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 13

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Albert Pujols Cover - Sports Illustrated October 04, 2004

October 04, 2004 | Andrew Lawrence
OCTOBER 26, 1981

October 04, 2004
Hex Vexed

October 04, 2004
LETTERS

October 04, 2004 | Steve Rushin
If your favorite sport will Not Halt its Lockout and your hero's New Home is Lapland and you're Now Hating Life 'cause there's No Hockey Left and you'll Never Have Labatt's again, you might be a...

October 04, 2004 | Leigh Montville
He's taken flak for not being flashy or rattling the rafters with the ball. But Ichiro Suzuki is a baseball miniaturist fashioning a season like no man has had before

October 04, 2004 | George Dohrmann
A new test for an old form of cheating catches an Olympic gold medalist

October 04, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
10 Minutes per day, on average, that fantasy football players spend tracking their teams at work, according to the consulting firm Challenger Gray & Christmas.

October 04, 2004 | Michael Farber
The Expos' final homestand in Canada filled les habitants with little but ennui

October 04, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Resumed The career of former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe, 37, who KO'd tomato can Marcus Rhode in the second round last Saturday in his first fight since 1996 (above). "I feel like a kid in a...

October 04, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
The U.S. men can salvage a Slam-less season by winning the Davis Cup

October 04, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Finally saw Wimbledon. Unfortunately, I couldn't hear anything because Richard Williams was sitting behind me, whining about the line calls.

October 04, 2004 | Tim McGraw
The Grammy-winning musician plays the alcoholic father of a high school football player in Friday Night Lights

October 04, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
The new Bachelor, Byron Velvick, is no stranger to doing some baiting and luring while the world watches. Velvick, 40, has been a pro BASS fisherman for 13 years. "It's truly bizarre," said...

October 04, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
An entrepreneur is seeking investors for the ThoroughBreast Racing League, which would allow pari-mutuel betting on races with topless women in Las Vegas.

October 04, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
A.J. BURNETT

October 04, 2004 | Julia Morrill
What to watch and watch for

October 04, 2004 | Mark Bechtel
Clubhouse, CBS's new coming-of-age show (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.), would like very much to be The Wonder Years. Alas, The Wonder Years was set in a middle-class home in a kinder, gentler era, which...

October 04, 2004 | Peter King
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October 04, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Should Roger Federer, SI's men's tennis player of the year (page 78), be considered for SI's Sportsman of the Year?

October 04, 2004 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
MONDAY

October 04, 2004
BASEBALL

October 04, 2004 | David Sabino
Chop Till You Drop

October 04, 2004
Liane Dixon

October 04, 2004 | As told to Peter King
Panthers Quarterback

October 04, 2004 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
[WHO'S Hot]

October 04, 2004 | Edited by Kostya Kennedy
Based on a survey of 354 players

October 04, 2004 | Peter King
NFL players know the importance of sleep--they just differ on how to get it. All the snooze that's fit to print

October 04, 2004
CHIEFS vs. RAVENS

October 04, 2004 | Adam Duerson
...WITH DANNY WUERFFEL

October 04, 2004 | Duane Clemons
with Duane Clemons Bengals Defensive End

October 04, 2004
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October 04, 2004
Hurricanes, injuries and Ricky's retirement--it's hardly the Perfect Season, but the sun's gonna shine again

October 04, 2004
What the Jets like to do in Miami

October 04, 2004
[This article consists of a photograph - see below.]

October 04, 2004 | DANIEL G. HABIB
The Cardinals have baseball's best record and most powerful lineup, but are they adequately armed for October?

October 04, 2004 | Tom Verducci
The Cardinals aren't the only playoff team with pressing issues as baseball goes through a change of seasons

October 04, 2004 | H.G. BISSINGER
A new movie based on his controversial 1990 best seller about high school football in West Texas took the author on a long-dreaded journey to revisit his main characters

October 04, 2004 | JOSH ELLIOTT
With a blue-collar defense built around Pro Bowl lineman Marcus Stroud, the surprising Jaguars stuffed the rival Titans and stayed atop the AFC South

October 04, 2004 | AUSTIN MURPHY
In a year when the conference's traditional powers look vulnerable, Kyle Orton and explosive Purdue are leading a realignment of the pecking order

October 04, 2004 | Kelley King
The one-two rushing punch of Marion Barber and Laurence Maroney has Minnesota dreaming of Roses

October 04, 2004 | MICHAEL MACCAMBRIDGE
During a period of personal turmoil in 1963, Pete Rozelle made a series of monumental moves that positioned the NFL to conquer the sports world. An excerpt from a new book

October 04, 2004
INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL

October 04, 2004 | Mark Beech
Inspired by his deaf parents and brother, quarterback Stefan LeFors is lifting Louisville to new heights

October 04, 2004 | Stewart Mandel
1. Quarterback Chris Leak gets more attention, but Florida's best weapon is junior running back Ciatrick Fason, who ran for 210 yards against Kentucky and is averaging 6.8 yards per carry since...

October 04, 2004 | Phil Taylor
MEMO TO COACH: BENCH BERLIN

October 04, 2004 | Mark Beech
FIFTEEN STRAIGHT WINS

October 04, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
For his dominance of the men's field and for the virtuosity of his game, Roger Federer is SI's player of the year

October 04, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Federer wasn't the only player to win three majors in 2004. Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual (near right) and Argentina's Paola Suárez took the Australian, French and U.S. Open doubles titles....

October 04, 2004 | Peter King
No-nonsense coach Dennis Green says he will succeed in Arizona if the Cardinals buy into his system

October 04, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
EAGLES' JEVON KEARSE

October 04, 2004 | Peter King
HOT TOPIC

October 04, 2004 | Peter King
DOLPHINS' RUN GAME

October 04, 2004 | Peter King
Here's one reason for the Rams' 1--2 start: Last season St. Louis led the league in takeaways, with 46; this year the Rams have none. Against the Saints on Sunday, a fourth-quarter pass in the end...

October 04, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
It'll be Rocky Marciano against Muhammad Ali this weekend, a bear against a swarm of bees. Jacksonville-Indianapolis, of course, slugger against boxer, denim against velvet. (And I have now used...

October 04, 2004 | Alan Shipnuck
Despite a badly banged-up rotation, L.A. won a critical showdown with the Giants to maintain its NL West lead

October 04, 2004 | Tom Verducci
PINIELLA N.Y.-BOUND?

October 04, 2004 | Albert Chen
WILD AL WEST

October 04, 2004 | Rick Reilly
Did you know that 49.2% of all statistics are misleading? It's true. Take, for instance, Seattle Mariners leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki and his quest to break the 84year-old record of 257 hits in...

October 04, 2004
NEW BIG 10 POWERS

October 04, 2004 | Michael Farber
In the first week of the lockout, NHL players were taking games wherever they could find them

October 04, 2004 | Michael Farber
How five prominent NHL players are spending the lockout.

October 04, 2004 | E.M. Swift
The ill will between two post-Athens tours signals a rift between USA Gymnastics and some of its biggest stars

October 04, 2004 | E.M. Swift
For some gymnastics medalists, the post-Olympic payday is not what it's been in the past

October 04, 2004 | Charles Hirshberg
Hal Chase was the best first baseman of his age, but maybe the worst person ever to play big league ball

October 04, 2004 | Bill Syken
A hockey goaltender's secret life as a bandit turned him into a folk hero in postcommunist Hungary

October 04, 2004 | Franz Lidz
Once seemingly unbeatable, Roy Jones lost a second consecutive bout, casting an ominous cloud over his future

October 04, 2004 | Franz Lidz
In his first fight in more than seven years Riddick Bowe stopped Marcus Rhode in the second round last Saturday. Here's a look at how five other heavyweights fared in comebacks after long layoffs