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November 29, 2004 | Volume 101, Issue 21

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November 29, 2004
A Long Time Coming

November 29, 2004 | Charles Leerhsen
The other day, while working on this column, I put in requests to talk to Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez, and I prayed to God they would not call me back. Not that I was trembling at the prospect...

November 29, 2004 | Michael Silver
A return to the NFL could solve Ricky Williams's money woes, but the ex-Dolphin says he's living a blissfully bare-bones life that doesn't include football

November 29, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
All the Washington Nationals need is an owner--and a place to play baseball

November 29, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
In a topsy-turvy tennis season, the two professional tours swapped identities

November 29, 2004
48 Consecutive games in which Miami (Ohio) wideout Michael Larkin has caught a pass, an NCAA record.

November 29, 2004
The feud between Carolina's punter and the Gramaticas is getting ugly

November 29, 2004
Turning his broad back on the NHL, Alexander Ragulin became a Soviet hero

November 29, 2004
Dismissed by prosecutors in Denver, a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge against Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony. On Oct. 15 a bag containing less than an ounce of the drug was found in...

November 29, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Good news. Starting this week, there's a new policy at The Palace of Auburn Hills: If Pistons security doesn't arrive in 30 minutes or less, the soda dumped on you is free.

November 29, 2004 | Pat LaFontaine
The fifth-highest scoring American in NHL history completed the Ironman Florida Triathlon earlier this month

November 29, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
When rapper Snoop Dogg paid a surprise visit to the USC campus on Nov. 16 and attempted to catch a 40-yard pass from quarterback Matt Leinart, the result brought to mind the title of the rapper's...

November 29, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson asked fans for donations to help pay for a celebration fine he was planning to incur.

November 29, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
"Chattanooga women's basketball coach, comparing his team with No. 1 Tennessee: "Their freshmen were high school McDonald's All-Americans; our freshmen ate at McDonald's in high school."

November 29, 2004 | Julia Morrill
What to watch and watch for

November 29, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
"You've got to be a little crazy, a little obsessed, to plunge into rivers like these," the narrator says in Expeditions to the Edge: Rampaging River (National Geographic Channel, Nov. 30, 8...

November 29, 2004
Don Banks Takes an NFL Draft Do-Over

November 29, 2004
Whom should SI choose as its NASCAR driver of the year?

November 29, 2004
Departments

November 29, 2004
Morten Jensen

November 29, 2004 | Peter King
Steelers Running Back

November 29, 2004
WHO'S Hot

November 29, 2004
Based on a survey of 354 players

November 29, 2004
Remember the perfect holidays of years gone by? Neither do we. But we do recall the turkeys.

November 29, 2004
Rams Tackle

November 29, 2004
What NFL players look for in their leaders

November 29, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
Patriots Cornerback

November 29, 2004
[This article consists of photographs--see below]

November 29, 2004 | Adam Duerson
Off we go--bada bing!--into the Big Blue yonder

November 29, 2004 | Adam Duerson
Eagles talk about their trip to East Rutherford

November 29, 2004
REUBEN DROUGHNS, Broncos Running Back "I've been shaving my head twice a week since my freshman year in high school. I do it myself. I do it every game morning or on Saturday night before the...

November 29, 2004 | Jack McCallum
An NBA brawl exposes the worst in player and fan behavior and serves as a frightening wake-up call

November 29, 2004 | Chris Ballard
With his hair-trigger temper and history of eruptions, Pacers All-Star forward Ron Artest was exactly the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time

November 29, 2004 | TIM LAYDEN
The Bowl Championship Series is facing the same old problems--and a few new ones. How did it all go so wrong?

November 29, 2004 | TIM LAYDEN
TO PLUMB the mind-boggling depths of the BCS's bowl-selection process, a team of SI analysts spent the better part of last weekend spinning bowl-lineup scenarios. We figured how the bowls will...

November 29, 2004 | TIM LAYDEN
Six years ago a Swiss firm called ISL proposed a 16-team college football playoff with a rights fee of $350 million per year. Insiders were skeptical of the figure, and the proposal was quickly...

November 29, 2004 | JOSH ELLIOTT
In his first NFL start, Giants rookie quarterback Eli Manning impressed teammates and opponents alike. Now, how quickly can he learn to win?

November 29, 2004 | Peter King
WELCOME TO the big leagues, kid. That's the message a swarming NFL defense sent to the first pick of the 2004 draft late in the third quarter of Sunday's game at Giants Stadium. And though Eli...

November 29, 2004 | LARS ANDERSON
In the closest title chase in NASCAR history, Kurt Busch survived a wheel-dropping, roller-coaster race at Homestead--Miami Speedway to take the inaugural Nextel Cup

November 29, 2004 | L. JON WERTHEIM
In a spectacular flameout after he retired from tennis, Roscoe Tanner deceived his friends and family and ended up penniless and in jail. Now he hopes to heal the wounds he's inflicted and repay...

November 29, 2004
The Week in Sports

November 29, 2004 | Kelley King
With Maurice Clarett's accusations casting a shadow, freshman Ted Ginn has been a bright spot for Ohio State

November 29, 2004 | Stewart Mandel
1 Missouri has been the biggest flop of the season. Vaunted quarterback Brad Smith, a 1,400-yard rusher last year, has become a nonfactor in coach Gary Pinkel's conservative offense, and the...

November 29, 2004 | Phil Taylor
SPURRIER RETURNS TO SEC

November 29, 2004 | Mark Beech
SIX UNSUNG STARS

November 29, 2004 | Michael Bamberger
Nine-time winner Vijay Singh, SI's Player of the Year, proved beyond doubt that age is no barrier to success

November 29, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
Healthy at last, explosive running back Willis McGahee has given the Bills' offense a much-needed boost

November 29, 2004
SEATTLE'S PLAYMAKER

November 29, 2004 | Jeffri Chadiha
BOLLER COMES OF AGE?

November 29, 2004 | Peter King
HOT TOPIC

November 29, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
Here are the reasons why the Giants will upset the Eagles on Sunday:

November 29, 2004 | Rick Reilly
True, 97% of the inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola will die there. And true, they've murdered, raped or robbed. But you've got to give them their propers: They sure build a...

November 29, 2004
THE BCS FOLLIES

November 29, 2004 | ANDREW LAWRENCE
Every golfer knows what it's like to be bitten by the bug, but a student in Iowa caught the fever without ever picking up a club

November 29, 2004 | ANDREW LAWRENCE
Significant moments in the history of video gaming

November 29, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Annika Sorenstam could either walk away, or take a shot at the 'impossible'

November 29, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Tiger Woods must've been smoking something. No way the PGA of America ever rewards pay-for-play ringleader Mark O'Meara with a Ryder Cup captaincy.

November 29, 2004 | Jim Gorant
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After shooting a flawless 68 to force a playoff, Cristie Kerr rinsed her approach on the first extra hole to hand the ADT to Annika Sorenstam

November 29, 2004 | Jim Gorant
Sorry Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz may belong to Augusta National, and Hootie Johnson may have played football at South Carolina in the 1950s, but a membership to the exclusive club is not a perk...

November 29, 2004 | Jim Gorant
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November 29, 2004 | SAL JOHNSON
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November 29, 2004 | Jim Gorant
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November 29, 2004 | Jeff Silverman
THE GRAND SLAM: BOBBY JONES, AMERICA, AND THE STORY OF GOLF.

November 29, 2004 | MEG MALLON
• OHIO STATE If one tenth of what Maurice Clarett says is true, I'm afraid we're going down.

November 29, 2004 | John Garrity
First of all, Tom, my apologies for not writing earlier to congratulate you on your appointment as U.S. captain for the 2006 Ryder Cup in Ireland. Frankly, I was worn out from writing open...

November 29, 2004
PLUS: My Day with Jack G4 • Hooked on Video Golf G10 • Bury Paul Casey G24

November 29, 2004 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
The author, eager to play Jack Nicklaus's personal course, attends a high-profile fund-raiser and gets a glimpse into the private world of a very public man

November 29, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
Cross-country hopes to get some attention with a high school team national championship, the first in any sport

November 29, 2004 | Richard O'Brien
"Cross-country and rebellion are natural allies," writes Marc Bloom in God on the Starting Line (Breakaway Books, 240 pages, $22), an inspiring account of his season spent coaching the boys'...

November 29, 2004 | ALEXANDER WOLFF
On the shores of Lake Champlain, led by an odd pairing of coach and player, the Vermont Catamounts have ignited an unlikely case of basketball fever

November 29, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
In a rematch neither could afford to lose, Winky Wright retained his titles, and Shane Mosley remained in a tailspin

November 29, 2004 | Richard Hoffer
If you can't beat 'em, promote 'em. Oscar De La Hoya, who failed in his move-up bid against middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins (right) in September, has made him a partner in his Golden Boy...

November 29, 2004 | Brian Cazeneuve
Building on the success of 2003--04, the U.S. Alpine team aims for the top of the mountain this season

November 29, 2004 | Grant Wahl
With an MLS goal-scoring title and five goals in three U.S. games, Eddie Johnson is cashing in on his early promise

November 29, 2004 | Grant Wahl
HIS HOUSE in San Jose is already on the market, and now Earthquakes star Landon Donovan appears more likely than ever to rejoin Germany's Bayer Leverkusen--with whom he signed in 1999 at age 16...

November 29, 2004 | JEFFRI CHADIHA
After finally getting his chance to run, Reuben Droughns has rescued the Broncos' broken backfield and rolled up big yardage--just like he said he would