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January 16, 2006 | Volume 104, Issue 2

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Jerome Bettis Cover - Sports Illustrated January 16, 2006

January 16, 2006
Unreal

January 16, 2006 | Steve Rushin
History does not record the name of the first racket enthusiast to ask, on a vanity license plate, 10SNE1? Forgotten, too, is that pioneering urologist who first registered the plates 2P CME. What...

January 16, 2006 | Albert Chen
Don't be fooled by unsold seats and network apathy, says Bud Selig. The World Baseball Classic will revolutionize the game

January 16, 2006 | Phil Taylor
Even before his latest arrest, Virginia Tech had decided to boot Marcus Vick

January 16, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Won By lightly regarded Carlos Baldomir, the WBC welterweight title, by decision over Zab Judah in New York City. Baldomir, 34, nearly toppled the champ in the seventh round and, despite suffering...

January 16, 2006 | Peter King
NFL teams will have to fight the urge to make over Vince Young

January 16, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
33 Times Danica Patrick was interviewed during Indy Racing League telecasts in 2005--nine more than Dan Wheldon, the Indianapolis 500 and IRL champion.

January 16, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
With a sense of duty and a sense of humor, Rod Dedeaux led USC baseball for 45 years

January 16, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
ICHIRO RECENTLY portrayed himself on the popular Japanese detective show Furuhata Ninzaburo--as a cold-blooded murderer (right). Yikes. Doesn't he know that athletes have traditionally played...

January 16, 2006 | Alexander Wolff
SI senior writer Alexander Wolff has founded an ABA team, the Vermont Frost Heaves, which will begin play in November (SI, Dec. 19). He'll file periodic updates on the team.

January 16, 2006 | Adam Duerson
If only their experience with the Olympic judges could have gone so smoothly. On Dec. 30 Jamie Sale and David Pelletier--who were nearly robbed of a pairs figure skating gold medal at the 2002...

January 16, 2006 | Adam Duerson
Well, they call it a loving cup, so why shouldn't Stuart Appleby plant one on the trophy he received for winning the Mercedes Championships (page 50). The PGA's first event of 2006 was a mirror...

January 16, 2006 | Adam Duerson
China won't financially assist its top female tennis player if she turns pro unless she guarantees a 2008 Olympic gold medal in writing.

January 16, 2006 | Adam Duerson
STU GRIMSON, former NHL goon (below, right) who recently graduated from the University of Memphis School of Law at age 40:

January 16, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

January 16, 2006 | Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella
Steve Luke MASSILLON, OHIO > Wrestling

January 16, 2006 | As told to Peter King
SEAHAWKS QUARTERBACK

January 16, 2006
WHO'S HOT

January 16, 2006 | Amanda Cherrin
At 55 veteran official Ed Hochuli is so fit he could get away with horizontal stripes

January 16, 2006
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January 16, 2006
HINES WARD Receiver

January 16, 2006 | JACK McCALLUM
Firing at a furious pace (and from all angles), Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson are facing off in a historic shootout for the NBA scoring title

January 16, 2006 | JEFFRI CHADIHA
In one of four compelling divisional playoff games between teams that met earlier in the season, the Steelers look to avenge a loss to the Colts by relying on the power of their running game

January 16, 2006 | JEFFRI CHADIHA
LAST MEETING: NOV. 28

January 16, 2006 | Paul Zimmerman
Steelers fans figure that after a long layoff the Colts might have forgotten how to play football. I wouldn't count on it. The second argument is that in November, Ben Roethlisberger was coming...

January 16, 2006 | Peter King
Broncos beware: The Patriots, fully recovered from their autumn slump, are coming on with a fury

January 16, 2006 | Paul Zimmerman
What's up with Tedy Bruschi? The Pats pronounced him fit, but then he rode the pine last Saturday. They're a different defense with him controlling things at linebacker. On offense New England...

January 16, 2006 | Peter King
LAST MEETING: OCT. 16

January 16, 2006 | MICHAEL SILVER
The Carolina bandwagon blew a tire after a dismal November loss to Chicago, but two months later the surging Panthers are making it look like 2003 all over again

January 16, 2006 | Paul Zimmerman
I don't think I've called the Panthers right all year, including the first Bears game, when I had them winning, and the Giants playoff, which I picked them to lose. Chicago's D jumped them last...

January 16, 2006 | MICHAEL SILVER
LAST MEETING: NOV. 20

January 16, 2006 | Nunyo Demasio
Reminiscent of another Joe Gibbs power back, Clinton Portis gives the Redskins the pop they need

January 16, 2006 | Paul Zimmerman
The Seahawks would like to make this game a shootout. They'd like to make every game a shootout. Roughneck teams like the Redskins make Seattle nervous. Normally that would mean that Washington is...

January 16, 2006 | Nunyo Demasio
LAST MEETING: OCT. 2

January 16, 2006 | KELLI ANDERSON
Long overshadowed on its own campus, the high-scoring Blue Devils women's team has designs on a national title

January 16, 2006 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Jason Gore finished dead last in the PGA Tour's season opener, but considering where his career had been 12 months ago, he could grin like a winner

January 16, 2006 | MICHAEL FARBER
Derided at first as a gimmick, the dramatic tiebreaker has been a shot in the arm for the resurgent league

January 16, 2006
Pitt Bulls To the distress of back judge Tony Steratore, all four Pittsburgh defensive backs--(from left) Tyrone Carter, Ike Taylor, Chris Hope and Troy Polamalu--briefly confronted Cincinnati...

January 16, 2006 | Chris Ballard
Born in the U.S.A., the Olympics' most free-spirited sport will soar to new heights in Turin. So will U.S. riders

January 16, 2006 | E.M. Swift
She might look like the girl next door, but don't be fooled: Multitalented Lindsey Jacobellis is a focused, ruthless competitor

January 16, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
Who'll bring home Olympic gold in the three snowboarding disciplines? American riders have a strong shot in two of them, while the Swiss look strongest in the third

January 16, 2006 | Yi-Wyn Yen
Shaun White's otherworldly talents and trademark red hair have made him the boarder to watch in the Olympic halfpipe

January 16, 2006
College Basketball Conference play quickly proves that the new Big East is the strongest league in the country • Louisiana Tech's rebounding machine, Paul Millsap • USC coach Tim Floyd goes Hollywood

January 16, 2006 | Luke Winn
After just a week of conference play the new Big East has proved that no league in the country is stronger top to bottom

January 16, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
Shani Davis's split from his federation and his mother's meddling have hurt his reputation, but there's more to the story

January 16, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
His future iffy, G.M. Kiki Vandeweghe has spent a month trying to make a trade that could turn Denver's season around

January 16, 2006 | Ian Thomsen
As the Feb. 23 trading deadline approaches, here are some trade candidates who could fetch far better value than they would have at the start of the season, according to front-office cognoscenti.

January 16, 2006 | Rick Reilly
You're a hardworking NBA star, trying to feed your family on $9 million a year. The league is cruelly making you get dressed up. It's hell. You need a day off to rest, relax and recuperate in a...