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November 14, 2005 | Volume 103, Issue 19

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Troy Polamalu Cover - Sports Illustrated November 14, 2005

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Pacers Edge

November 14, 2005 | Andrew Lawrence
SEPTEMBER 11, 1989

November 14, 2005 | Steve Rushin
Lou Holtz, buying snacks at an airport newsstand, can hardly believe his good luck. "Three ninety-nine?" he says, repeating the total to me, the stranger behind him in line. "It's never $3.99....

November 14, 2005 | Tom Verducci
As success transformed the Red Sox into an Evil Empire, Theo Epstein came to see his dream job as an untenable position

November 14, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Daly and Trimspa? Sherman and phones? A brief history of product misplacement

November 14, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Won By Justin McBride (above), the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough world championship, earning the 26-year-old rider a $1 million bonus at the circuit's World Finals in Las Vegas....

November 14, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
July 1-3, Sonkajarvi, Finland Rodman attends the Wife-Carrying World Championships, but declines to compete, saying he lacks proper training, not to mention an able wife. (His had a broken leg.)...

November 14, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
3,907 Career yards gained on the ground by Missouri senior Brad Smith, who set an NCAA rushing record for quarterbacks in a loss to Colorado last Saturday.

November 14, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Another concussion could force scrappy receiver Wayne Chrebet to call it a career

November 14, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
Kenya's Paul Tergat battled to the tape in the closest finish in New York City Marathon history By Brian Cazeneuve

November 14, 2005 | Richard Deitsch
The 41-year-old British actor (Croupier) stars in Derailed, which opens on Friday

November 14, 2005 | Adam Duerson
In 2001 he played cornerman Drew (Bundini) Brown to Will Smith's Muhammad Ali. Now Jamie Foxx wants to be the main event. Foxx, who last year won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ray...

November 14, 2005 | Adam Duerson
The clothes that Len Bias wore at the 1986 NBA draft, two days before he died of a drug overdose, were sold on eBay for $6,000.

November 14, 2005 | Adam Duerson
Maybe Malik Rose should concentrate on giving his own teammates a pick-me-up. Rose--who dragged the Wizards' Chucky Atkins to his feet during a defeat in New York--and the Knicks lost their first...

November 14, 2005 | Adam Duerson
BRENT BARRY, Spurs guard, on the reason for his improved shooting touch:

November 14, 2005 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

November 14, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
SI's writers offer their picks for the magazine's Sportsman of the Year

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November 14, 2005 | Edited by Mark Bechtel
Cory Mehl SEATTLE > Golf Cory, a sophomore at O'Dea High, shot a 10-under-par 60 at Jefferson Park, a course record from the white tees, to help the Irish win the Metro League boys' golf...

November 14, 2005 | David Sabino
IT MAY feel as if your NBA draft just ended, but astute fantasy owners never stop tweaking their rosters. Here are two players who may have gone undrafted in your league but, a week into the...

November 14, 2005 | Reported by Jeffri Chadiha

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November 14, 2005 | Ben Reiter
Learning to stay awake during game film, and other rigors of being an NFL rookie

November 14, 2005 | Ben Relter
Rookie punters are all over the NFL map

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The Colts have sprinted to the best record in football behind a combination of precision offense and an eye-popping defense with seven stars 25 or under--and they aren't the only team riding a...

November 14, 2005 | PETER KING
Versatile, hard-hitting and oozing confidence, the next generation of defensive stars is disrupting game plans and creating a new blueprint for building winners

November 14, 2005 | NUNYO DEMASIO
He's soft-spoken and self-effacing off the field, but when Steelers safety Troy Polamalu hits the gridiron, his hair comes down and the rampage begins

November 14, 2005 | PAUL ZIMMERMAN
Some young stars have risen to prominence in the first half of the season. An inside look at who's ready to break into the 2005 all-star lineup

November 14, 2005 | PAUL ZIMMERMAN
Who were those impostors in the dark uniforms on Sunday night? They couldn't have been the Eagles. These guys spent the whole first half sitting back, letting Mark Brunell take his time completing...

November 14, 2005 | Peter King
After the latest--and last?--confrontation between Terrell Owens and the Eagles, the reigning NFC champions are floundering at .500 and facing an uphill battle to salvage their season

November 14, 2005 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Martell Webster is only 18, but the Trail Blazers' rookie is mature beyond his years thanks to a wise old lady who raised him after the mysterious disappearance of his mother

November 14, 2005 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Jack McCallum's NBA Insider and more opening-week analysis at

November 14, 2005 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Under the critical eye of coach Charlie Weis, the transformed Brady Quinn has led a big turnaround at Notre Dame. Now he looks good to the NFL

November 14, 2005 | AUSTIN MURPHY
See where Brady Quinn ranks on Gene Menez's Heisman Watch at

November 14, 2005 | Gene Menez
Last season these guys, like Notre Dame's Brady Quinn, were either invisible or underused while playing in a major program. What a difference a year can make.

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Heave Hokie Miami defensive backs Randy Phillips (left) and Brandon Meriweather gave Virginia Tech receiver Josh Morgan an unwelcome pick-me-up last Saturday in Blacksburg, Va., during the...

November 14, 2005 | MICHAEL FARBER
No NHL player is better suited to the glamour of Hollywood than Jeremy Roenick, who is already a celebrity for his new team, the first-place Kings

November 14, 2005 | Tim Layden
Former Colorado wideout JEREMY BLOOM, the world's best moguls skier, hopes to jump straight from the Olympic medal stand to the NFL

November 14, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
These pre-Olympic encounters could provide almost as much drama as the Games

November 14, 2005 | Brian Cazeneuve
With fewer than 100 days to go until the flame is lit on Feb. 10 to begin the 20th Winter Games, here's an early overview

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College Football

November 14, 2005 | Ian Thomsen
Looks like the end of the run for the Kings, who have reined in their up-tempo attack to accommodate Shareef Abdur-Rahim

November 14, 2005 | Stewart Mandel
Miami's no-name defenders showed why they're tops in the nation in a resounding upset of third-ranked Virginia Tech

November 14, 2005 | STEWART MANDEL

November 14, 2005 | Rick Reilly
Note to our readers: We have eliminated the middle man so that you will not have to wait a week between Rick Reilly's column and the hate mail that inevitably follows.

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November 14, 2005 | GARY VAN SICKLE
After 10 months and 48 tournaments, this season will be remembered for these deeds and words, which we honor here

November 14, 2005 | JIM GORANT
He conquered his inner wimp, then stared down Tiger Woods to win the Tour Championship

November 14, 2005 | JIM GORANT

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WHO: Bart Bryant

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Did Phil Mickelson have a responsibility to show up for the Tour Championship?

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November 14, 2005 | EVAN ROTHMAN
A bad ticker couldn't stop my dad, who has golf in his blood

November 14, 2005 | EVAN ROTHMAN
To make TV happy, the Tour must--and will--go further than the FedEx Cup.

November 14, 2005 | Gary Van Sickle
Bart Bryant rocked as the Tour Championship rolled out a bold plan for its future

November 14, 2005 | L. Jon Wertheim
Despite his nickname, pool hustler John Macias often plays for large sums--50 or 60 large, to be exact

November 14, 2005 | Kelli Anderson
Trainers are turning to a new device to help depleted muscles recover and improve performance

November 14, 2005 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
That's the main reason athletes and coaches compete--and thrive--in the backwaters of NCAA Divisions II and III, where there is little scholarship money and even less individual glory

November 14, 2005 | JACK MCCALLUM
The quest for an athlete's autograph is not always an easy one--for the hunter or the prey. Some veteran signature seekers reveal the ins and outs of getting that elusive scribble from a hero

November 14, 2005 | Charles Hirshberg
John Feinstein's season with the Baltimore Ravens gives an intimate look at the pressure of NFL life

November 14, 2005 | Julia Morrill
Christine Sinclair, the nation's top scorer, leads Portland into the NCAAs in search of a second national title

November 14, 2005 | Mark Beech
Senior defensive end Tamba Hali had to flee war-torn Liberia, but he's found a home at Penn State