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November 08, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 18

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Johnny Damon Cover - Sports Illustrated November 08, 2004

November 08, 2004
What Jinx?

November 08, 2004
LETTERS

November 08, 2004 | Farrell Evans
MARCH 23, 1981

November 08, 2004 | Steve Rushin
In America last year, more newborns were named Armani (518) than Ann (494). The number of infants called Lexus and Mercedes (1,206) exceeded the number called Nancy (1,168). More girls were...

November 08, 2004 | Mark Beech
After getting rid of Ron Zook, Florida fans would love to lure Steve Spurrier back to Gainesville. But can the ol' ball coach and the Florida faithful live happily ever after?

November 08, 2004 | Peter King
His wife stricken with cancer, Brett Favre has once again found a way to stay focused and play brilliantly in tough times

November 08, 2004
Died of complications from diabetes at age 80, former Indians second baseman and Mexican national hero Bobby Avila, one of the first prominent Latin players in the major leagues and the first to...

November 08, 2004
$804,129 Price Barry Bonds's 700th home run ball fetched in an online auction, which was won by an anonymous bidder with the handle Bomasterj.

November 08, 2004 | Austin Murphy
The Tour de France has again tweaked its route to slow the defending champ

November 08, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. Just got back from the parade. I can't tell you what a thrill it was to be with three million Red Sox fans listening attentively for the other shoe to drop.

November 08, 2004 | Woody Harrelson
The 43-year-old actor plays an FBI agent in After the Sunset, which opens on Nov. 12

November 08, 2004 | Mark Bechtel
Early in Beyond the Gridiron: The Life and Times of Woody Hayes (PBS, check local listings), Larry Romanoff, who coached under Hayes at Ohio State, says, "Woody was a great judge of who he could...

November 08, 2004 | Julia Morrill
What to watch and watch for

November 08, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Paris Hilton has taken up tennis players. Last week in Los Angeles she showed reporters a digital picture of a shirtless Mark Philippoussis she had saved on her cellphone. "I've got a new man, and...

November 08, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
A deep-sea diver ended an attempt at a world-record descent when he discovered the skeleton of a competitor.

November 08, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Warriors guard, on why the team should extend his contract: "I've represented this franchise in dunk contests, the Rookie Challenge, the stuff at All-Star weekend. I think it's time for them to be...

November 08, 2004
Departments

November 08, 2004
John Hollinger: Breaking Down the Scoring Drop

November 08, 2004
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

November 08, 2004
Should these athletes be considered for SI's Sportsman of the Year?

November 08, 2004
Mirriam Kaumba LUSAKA, ZAMBIA > Cross-country Kaumba, a senior at Oklahoma Baptist, won the women's individual title at the University of Arkansas's Chile Pepper Festival. The 2003 NAIA champion...

November 08, 2004 | Priest Holmes
Chiefs Running Back

November 08, 2004
Defensive players practically wax poetic when describing the joys of making a clean, hard tackle

November 08, 2004 | Freddie Mitchell
Eagles Receiver

November 08, 2004
Who's Hot

November 08, 2004
(Based on a survey of 354 players)

November 08, 2004
[This article consists of photographs--see below]

November 08, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
The Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald tells how he trained to make football's jump of the year

November 08, 2004 | Adam Duerson
Steel yourself for a tour of the town that gave us Andy Warhol and Art Rooney

November 08, 2004 | Adam Duerson
The Eagles talk about Pittsburgh

November 08, 2004 | Tom Verducci
Having won their first World Series in 86 years, the Red Sox face some difficult roster decisions--and, for once, the challenge to repeat

November 08, 2004 | Tom Verducci
THE RED SOX proved that champions can be made in November and December, having traded for ace Curt Schilling last Nov. 28 and signed free-agent closer Keith Foulke 15 days later. This year's hot...

November 08, 2004 | AUSTIN MURPHY
After failing to live up to their top billing last year, the revitalized Auburn Tigers have dominated the SEC this fall--and are clawing at the door of the BCS title game

November 08, 2004 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Only three times since 1950 has a Heisman winner had a teammate who finished in the top five in the voting. (In '83 Nebraska's Mike Rozier won and Turner Gill was fourth; in '72 the Cornhuskers'...

November 08, 2004 | MICHAEL SILVER
Playing more like a seasoned veteran than a raw rookie, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has led the surprising Steelers to the top of the AFC

November 08, 2004 | CHRIS BALLARD
As an Olympic idol and the highest-paid athlete in Argentina, the Spurs' Manu Ginobili is an inspiration to his people, but an object of extreme--sometimes dangerous--scrutiny

November 08, 2004 | JOHN HELYAR
What up, Dog? The ratings of Atlanta's 790 the Zone, that's what, after the station unleashed Ryan and Doug Stewart in the previously lily-white arena of sports-talk radio

November 08, 2004 | JOHN HELYAR
ON TUESDAY, Oct. 12, the 2 Live Stews had a full plate of Atlanta sports topics for their midafternoon show. The previous night, the Braves had been eliminated from the playoffs by the Houston...

November 08, 2004 | JOHN HELYAR
Every day, from coast to coast, local sports-radio talk-show hosts set the hometown athletic agenda and incite howling from their listeners. Here are SI's choices of the shows that make the most...

November 08, 2004
The Week In Sports

November 08, 2004 | Peter King
A Super Bowl contender entering the season, the mistake-prone Seahawks haven't looked like a smart pick lately

November 08, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
VICK'S RED-HOT DAY

November 08, 2004 | Josh Elliott
SAN DIEGO'S CATCH

November 08, 2004 | Peter King
HOT TOPIC

November 08, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
You'd call the Steelers giant killers, except they are now giants themselves, with a giant for a quarterback. On Sunday they ended the Patriots' 21game winning streak. Now they have a chance to...

November 08, 2004
DISPATCHES

November 08, 2004 | Phil Taylor
Suddenly potent North Carolina stunned unbeaten Miami and may have saved coach John Bunting's job

November 08, 2004 | Stewart Mandel
1. How bad is the Big 12 North? Nebraska, which lost to Texas Tech 70-10 on Oct. 9, converted just 1 of 15 third downs and completed four passes last Saturday against Missouri, yet it won 24-3...

November 08, 2004 | Kelley King
DEFENSIVE DEMON

November 08, 2004 | Phil Taylor
A WILD DAY IN THE BIG TEN

November 08, 2004 | Tim Layden
Ghostzapper took the Breeders' Cup Classic and made his Horse of the Year race with Smarty Jones a photo finish

November 08, 2004 | Rick Reilly
People have said some very dumb things, such as "Hey, let's ask Coach Knight to go huntin'!" and "You're AOL. We're Time Warner. Let's merge!" and "Yankees World Series tickets go on sale Monday!"

November 08, 2004
[This article consists of photographs--see below]