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October 11, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 14

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Adrian Peterson Cover - Sports Illustrated October 11, 2004

October 11, 2004
Falcon Crests

October 11, 2004
LETTERS

October 11, 2004 | Joe Lemire
OCTOBER 7, 1957

October 11, 2004 | Steve Rushin
PLEASE READ carefully the terms and conditions on the back of this ticket, which does not entitle its holder to throw: bottles, batteries or up.

October 11, 2004 | A.J. Jacobs
Sensing that his brain was going soft, the author read the encyclopedia from A to Z ... which is why he now knows more about sports than anyone should

October 11, 2004
A pitcher's cheerleader outfit protected him from a serious gunshot wound

October 11, 2004 | Karl Taro Greenfeld
A mogul hopes to revive the prospects for the megafirm of sports marketing

October 11, 2004
55 Paralympic Games medals won by blind swimmer Trischa Zorn, 40, since 1980, the most of any Paralympic athlete.

October 11, 2004
Rounded third

October 11, 2004
The Ravens' top rusher cops a plea to avoid a trial in his drug case

October 11, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Sandy Lane, a pricey resort in Barbados, will be closed Oct. 4--9 for what the hotel manager called "a private party." Many signs indicate that the party was for Tiger Woods's hotly anticipated...

October 11, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Foul language by their fans got a team of prostitutes ejected from a soccer tournament in Guatemala.

October 11, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Twins manager, after learning that Atlanta's Chipper Jones named his son Shea because he hits so well in New York: "I should have named my kid Tidewater."

October 11, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Bad dream last night. I was at the World Series of Poker, and I folded with A's and Cubs.

October 11, 2004 | Chris Chelios
The 11-time NHL All-Star defenseman plans to play with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL until the NHL lockout ends

October 11, 2004 | Julia Morrill
What to watch and watch for

October 11, 2004 | Josh Elliott
The bashing of Monday Night Football's new halftime feature, You've Been Sacked--in which NFL players play a prank on an unsuspecting teammate, a la MTV's Punk'd--is hardly surprising. Nothing...

October 11, 2004 | Stewart Mandel
1 USC (4--0)

October 11, 2004
Which team is most likely to pull a Division Series upset?

October 11, 2004
MON.

October 11, 2004
Kris Rake FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS > Soccer Rake, a sophomore goalkeeper at William and Mary, had 10 saves (matching his career high) and shut out the nation's highest-scoring team as the Tribe upset...

October 11, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Giants Rookie Quarterback

October 11, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Jets Fifth-year Quarterback

October 11, 2004
Based on a survey of 354 players

October 11, 2004
WHO'S Hot

October 11, 2004
NFL players--who are getting injured at an alarming rate (page 60)--take you inside their hard-rocked world

October 11, 2004
Who'll win on Monday night? In a preview, Packers CB Mike McKenzie and Titans LB Keith Bulluck played EA Sports Madden 2005 on Xbox Live.

October 11, 2004 | Ray Buchanan
Raiders Cornerback

October 11, 2004 | Amanda Cherrin
THERE ARE no vegetarians in the NFL, but there is Chidi Ahanotu, the Dolphins defensive end who hasn't tasted red meat or chicken in seven years--a very lean cuisine for a guy who goes 6'2", 285....

October 11, 2004 | Andrew Lawrence
The stretches of Panthers punter Todd Sauerbrun

October 11, 2004 | Adam Duerson
Pigskin, politics, and baseball's coming back. Welcome to Hog heaven

October 11, 2004 | Adam Duerson
The Ravens on Washington

October 11, 2004 | Adam Duerson
• CAPACITY: 91,665 (NFL high)

October 11, 2004 | AUSTIN MURPHY
The Sooners are suddenly running wild thanks to true freshman Adrian Peterson, the best tailback prospect in a generation. Can Texas stop him?

October 11, 2004 | Gene Menez
Texas tailback Cedric Benson is the nation's leading rusher, but can he lead the Longhorns to a victory over OU?

October 11, 2004 | Kelley King
Inspired by a devastating defense, Georgia roused itself against LSU and looked like a national title contender

October 11, 2004
The number of unbeatens is dropping quickly, and there will be even fewer after these four big Saturday games

October 11, 2004 | TOM VERDUCCI
Coming off an MVP-caliber season, the well-traveled, oft-maligned yet much-admired Gary Sheffield takes his cuts at Pedro, Barry and Ichiro

October 11, 2004 | Tom Verducci
In a universe of limos, personal chefs and performance-enhancers, two stars clashed

October 11, 2004 | Tom Verducci
On senior writer Tom Verducci's ballot, Barry Bonds will win his seventh MVP and Roger Clemens his seventh Cy Young

October 11, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
There is no shortage of nominees when SI pays tribute to the year's Most Ridiculous Performances in the major leagues

October 11, 2004
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October 11, 2004 | PETER KING
A rash of major injuries raises the question of whether the NFL's oversized and ultrafast players have pushed their bodies beyond the breaking point

October 11, 2004 | LARS ANDERSON
His comeback from a July crash made complete by a win at Talladega, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the man to beat in the Chase for the Nextel Cup

October 11, 2004 | KARL TARO GREENFELD
Despite cerebral palsy, Doug Blevins has made himself into one of the most astute kicking coaches in the game

October 11, 2004 | TOM VERDUCCI
A year ago the Cubs and Red Sox each came that close to the World Series, only to see it all blow up in eerily similar--and all-too-familiar--fashion

October 11, 2004
INSIDE THE NFL

October 11, 2004 | Peter King
Unbeaten and atop the NFC South, Atlanta is fired up by a new coach and an aggressive defensive scheme

October 11, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
MARTIN'S FAST START

October 11, 2004 | Peter King
HOT TOPIC

October 11, 2004 | Peter King
CARR'S DEVELOPMENT

October 11, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
The first thing you have to know about the record for consecutive victories that the Patriots tied on Sunday is that the NFL doesn't even recognize it as a record. The league's official Record...

October 11, 2004 | Peter King
The Giants' 245 yards rushing were the most allowed by the Packers since 1983. New York's performance shows how well its beleaguered line has come together--and how sorely underrated Tiki Barber...

October 11, 2004 | Stewart Mandel
1. It's a sham that the Big East will have a team in a BCS bowl. The top two contenders, West Virginia and Boston College, have lost to middle-of-the-pack ACC foes Virginia Tech and Wake Forest,...

October 11, 2004 | Mark Beech
NAVY IS 5--0

October 11, 2004 | Kelley King
Led by aspiring doctor and former Ohio Mr. Foootball Jeff Backes, Northwestern shocked Ohio State

October 11, 2004 | Phil Taylor
KICKED OFF

October 11, 2004 | Mark Beech
W. VIRGINIA EXPOSED

October 11, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
LAUREN JACKSON: MVP?

October 11, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
Playing with a maturity beyond her years, rookie Lindsay Whalen has Connecticut in its first WNBA Finals

October 11, 2004 | Franz Lidz
In his first fight in 29 months, former world champ Félix Trinidad was razor sharp in a win over Ricardo Mayorga

October 11, 2004 | Franz Lidz
Spooked by the failure of The Next Great Champ on Fox, NBC has pushed back the premiere of its weekly boxing reality show, The Contender, from November to January. On top of that, the producers...

October 11, 2004 | Rick Reilly
You go to a college football game. You find your seat. You stand and cheer. No big deal.

October 11, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
Paraglider Will Gadd soared into the record books with a harrowing solo flight across the Grand Canyon

October 11, 2004 | Charles Hirshberg
Meet the Wile E. Coyote of bird-watching

October 11, 2004
The Month Ahead

October 11, 2004
Six have broken the eight-hour barrier in a 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon. But at Kona, where the 26th world championships will be held on Oct. 16, the mark remains as untouchable as the...

October 11, 2004 | Austin Murphy
Tyler hamilton has been known to grind the caps off his teeth during bike races, so intent is he on pedaling through the pain. He raced for three weeks in the 2003 Tour de France with a cracked...

October 11, 2004
PLUS: Grand Canyon Glide A13 • Eight-hour Ironman? A14 • Murphy Draws Blood A16

October 11, 2004 | YI-WYN YEN
The death of Primal Quest competitor Nigel Aylott raises the question: Has adventure racing become too intense?

October 11, 2004
MOST VOLUBLE PLAYER Gary Sheffield Speaks His Mind

October 11, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Ernie Els grabbed the brass ring at the American Express, while Tiger Woods was fitted for a band of gold

October 11, 2004 | Jim Gorant
It doesn't matter if the Ryder Cup captain is Paul Azinger, Fred Couples, Larry Nelson or Mark O'Meara (with Tiger Woods as vice captain), the U.S. will still lose.

October 11, 2004 | Jim Gorant
[Up]

October 11, 2004 | Mark Wood
Leading by only a shot at the par5 17th hole, Ernie Els executed a perfectly struck half-wedge to set up a clinching six-foot birdie

October 11, 2004 | Sal Johnson
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October 11, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Voting hours at si.com: 7 p.m. EDT Sunday to 3 p.m. EDT Monday

October 11, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Tom Watson's 2004 season ended on Sunday with a 10th-place finish at the Constellation Energy Classic. Watson, 55, was to have arthroscopic surgery on his left hip on Oct. 5 at New England Baptist...

October 11, 2004 | GORJUS GEORGE LUCAS*
ANYONE LOOKING to make an eagle at Summerlin's 16th hole during the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas has to roll the dice off the tee. To reach the green in two, you must thread the needle with...

October 11, 2004 | Jeff Silverman
Classic Golf: The Photographs of Walter Iooss Jr. Introduction by Rick Reilly. Harry N. Abrams Inc., $35.

October 11, 2004 | ROBERT DAMRON
• PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES A bunch of baloney.

October 11, 2004
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October 11, 2004 | MALCOLM MCSHANNON III
Passion collides with real and imagined torments during one afflicted man's quest to discover the secret to the game