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December 18, 2006 | Volume 105, Issue 25

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Vince Young Cover - Sports Illustrated December 18, 2006

December 18, 2006
OSU on Top

December 18, 2006 | Steve Rushin
OLD ATHLETES never die and they certainly don't fade away, but instead do the opposite, becoming more magnificently tanned by the hour. These days, former NBA guard Dan Majerle—who aptly played...

December 18, 2006 | Chris Ballard
The city loved him for embodying its blue-collar ideals—and winning a lot of basketball games—but now it's time for Allen Iverson to move on

December 18, 2006
WHO'S Hot Payton Saints coach Sean marched into Dallas and outfoxed his former mentor, Cowboys boss Bill Parcells, 42--17. Among the tricks on Payton's play card: a reverse on...

December 18, 2006
Retained By Jermain Taylor (26-0-1), his undisputed middleweight title with a decision over Kassim Ouma (25-3-1). Fighting in his home state of Arkansas for the first time since becoming champ...

December 18, 2006
Off drugs for a year, a former top draft pick gets a second chance with Cincinnati

December 18, 2006
2 NBA coaches with 1,200 career wins: Lenny Wilkens (1,332) and Don Nelson, who joined the club when the Warriors beat the Hornets last Saturday.

December 18, 2006
One of the NHL's most wily players—and top scorers—retires after 20 seasons

December 18, 2006 | Phil Taylor
Why young coaches are turning down high-profile jobs

December 18, 2006 | Richard Deitsch
The 45-year-old actor (The Bad News Bears, Breaking Away) costars in Little Children

December 18, 2006 | Adam Duerson
IT'S A VERY unscientific polling method, but it appears that Terrell Owens is much more popular than he was a year ago. The Cowboys receiver celebrated his 33rd birthday on Dec. 4 at the Shag...

December 18, 2006 | Adam Duerson
A military takeover of the government of Fiji was delayed until after a rugby match between the army and national police.

December 18, 2006 | Adam Duerson
China's He Ning is more than just a talented gymnast—she's the kind of athlete who can carry a team on her back. At the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, He, 16, stayed limber by letting teammate Zhou...

December 18, 2006 | Adam Duerson
GIL SCOTT, Agent, on why his client Mike Vanderjagt (below), who was recently cut by the Cowboys, is having trouble finding another job: "Right now, there's just not a whole lot of kickers messing...

December 18, 2006 | Chris Mannix
What to watch and watch for

December 18, 2006 | David Epstein
Patrick Deuel

December 18, 2006
Krystina Orwat WHEATON, ILL. > Volleyball Orwat, a sophomore outside hitter at Kishwaukee College, led the Kougars to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II championship...

December 18, 2006 | E.M. Swift
Its streak is broken, but a wrestling power stays on top

December 18, 2006 | E.M. Swift
Another streak ends: On Dec. 5 the girls at Las Animas (Colo.) High handed McClave (Colo.) High its first loss since 2003. The Trojans' 51--43 win ended the Cardinals' state-record string of 78...

December 18, 2006 | Lars Anderson
The 50th Pop Warner Super Bowl in Orlando showed how far the game has come, and where it's going

December 18, 2006
Looking back at a surprising year that kept the high in high school sports

December 18, 2006
2006 Once there was sports and there was entertainment, and, aside from The White Shadow or the occasional chat between Muhammad Ali and Johnny Carson, the twain rarely met. Things are...

December 18, 2006
Looking for the perfect gift for a sports fan? Jimmy Traina gives you a complete guide in his blog at SI.com/scorecard.

December 18, 2006 | Alan Shipnuck
Standing out in a year of silly, slight and sentimental films, We Are Marshall tells the moving story of a team and a town struggling to get past a tragedy

December 18, 2006 | Alan Shipnuck
HIGH Think solving crossword puzzles isn't a sport? Talk to the competitors at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, featured in the charming documentary Wordplay. Think only geeks do...

December 18, 2006 | Alan Shipnuck
The top-grossing sports movies in the U.S. in 2006

December 18, 2006 | Richard Hoffer
He's thicker and slower in Rocky Balboa, but Stallone's punchy hero recaptures his youthful appeal in Round 6

December 18, 2006 | Richard Hoffer
IT'S HARD enough following a sequel when you haven't seen the original; picking up a series on a sixquel like Rocky Balboa can be downright impossible. Luckily for those too young or old to...

December 18, 2006 | Tom Verducci
It was a year for fresh insights on old heroes--and a watershed steroids exposé that damned many stars

December 18, 2006 | Tom Verducci
HIGH How would Kant, who tried to define beauty, feel about a perfectly turned double play? He'd love it, says Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht. The Stanford comparative literature professor's In Praise of...

December 18, 2006 | Tom Verducci
FINALLY, a book you can judge by its cover. The title of XL: Forty Years of the Super Bowl couldn't be more fitting. At 850 pages and 88 pounds, the latest coffee-table--make that...

December 18, 2006 | Tom Verducci
BASEBALL, more than any other sport, is intertwined with its past, and the game's story is presented in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's The Baseball Book. It features more than 400 photos and celebrated...

December 18, 2006 | Bill Syken
Changes on Sunday and Monday nights rocked the NFL's prime-time landscape

December 18, 2006 | Bill Syken
HIGH HBO's Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer is required viewing for anyone who remembers her mainly as Bobby Riggs's foil. With insights from Chris Evert and other contemporaries and some...

December 18, 2006 | Bill Syken
High school football becomes a hot topic on TV

December 18, 2006 | Bill Syken
VETERAN OUTFIELDER Eric Byrnes has a simple broadcasting philosophy: "To bring locker room talk minus the obscene language onto television," he told the New York Post while moonlighting as an ESPN...

December 18, 2006 | Bill Syken
AFTER ESPN named Dave O'Brien--who had virtually no soccer experience--as the lead announcer for its World Cup coverage, network VP Jed Drake explained, "We felt the need to create a...

December 18, 2006
MLB's site is changing the way fans watch their teams

December 18, 2006
AMUSING PARODY UnflinchingTriumph.com offers a hard look at a man who specializes in hard looks. The site hosts director J.R. McCord's Unflinching Triumph, a hilarious mock documentary about a...

December 18, 2006 | Adam Duerson
A revolutionary system gets gamers out of their seats

December 18, 2006 | Adam Duerson
OVERCROWDED MARKET Four pro hoops games hit shelves in the past four months--two too many. 2K Sports's NBA 2K7 is the MVP, and EA Sports's NBA Live '07 isn't bad. But even the most obsessed gamer...

December 18, 2006 | JEFFRI CHADIHA
In his native Houston, in front of friends and family, Titans rookie Vince Young got payback on the team that didn't want him--and showed the NFL the shape of things to come

December 18, 2006 | Grant Wahl
The smashing debut of 7-foot Ohio State freshman Greg Oden has reshaped the college hoops landscape and made the Buckeyes the team to beat

December 18, 2006 | Tom Verducci
Flush with cash, teams are lavishing eight-figure salaries on some of the most unlikely free agents (Gil Meche?). Good news for the '07 crop: Binge spending won't be a one-year phenomenon

December 18, 2006
LaDynamo

December 18, 2006 | KARL TARO GREENFELD
Handsome, hardworking, underappreciated New York Giants running back Tiki Barber is about to hang up his cleats. But guess what? You'll be seeing even more of him once he's out of the game

December 18, 2006 | KARL TARO GREENFELD
For a photo gallery of some of Tiki Barber's greatest moments, free of charge, go to SI.com/nfl.

December 18, 2006
College Basketball With speedy Darren Collison running the show, UCLA is a title contender again • Purdue's surprising surge • Wichita State is a Final Four threat

December 18, 2006 | Luke Winn
Collison Course With speedy Darren Collison at the reins, UCLA has picked up its tempo and set off on another possible Final Four run

December 18, 2006 | Luke Winn
1 Purdue is vastly improved. After winning 16 games over the last two years, the Boilermakers were 8--1 through Sunday. Carl Landry (right), a senior forward, was the Big Ten's leading rebounder...

December 18, 2006 | Nunyo Demasio
Pinball Wizard Jaguars rookie Maurice Jones-Drew, all 5'7" of him, ricocheted through the Colts and boosted Jacksonville's playoff hopes

December 18, 2006 | Nunyo Demasio
AS AN INTERVIEW ended last Friday, Seahawks linebacker Julian Peterson was asked for a closing thought. "A prediction of us winning the Super Bowl—how about that?" said Peterson. Well, how about...

December 18, 2006 | Peter King
HOT READ

December 18, 2006 | Paul Zimmerman
THEY MET in happier times. It was the second week of the season, and the Giants and the Eagles waged a spirited battle, New York scoring 23 unanswered points to win in overtime. Seems like a...

December 18, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
Ready to Assist The Thrashers' unstoppable two-way threat, Marian Hossa, lifts the fortunes of teammates as well as those in need

December 18, 2006 | Brian Cazeneuve
The Flyers don't know what's wrong with winger Kyle Calder (right), who did not score in his first 26 games for Philadelphia after netting a career-high 26 goals last season for Chicago. He could...

December 18, 2006 | Rick Reilly
I KNOW WHAT you're thinking because I used to think it too.

December 18, 2006 | Rick Reilly
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December 18, 2006 | Chris Mannix
The Italian Job Top draft pick Andrea Bargnani is delivering unexpected value

December 18, 2006 | GENE MENEZ
So your plan to build a playoff powerhouse didn't pan out, and you're thinking there's no sense in dwelling on the past. But as you look to next year, history is your best teacher

December 18, 2006 | Adam Duerson
WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

December 18, 2006
DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

December 18, 2006 | Text by John Garrity
Is it her hair? Her eyes? Her smile? Is there something in her posture that wakens a memory? Is it the girlish wave? Her purposeful stride? Is it the way she swings the club? The way she comes up...

December 18, 2006 | Jeff Silverman
A gift-giver's guide to a trio of whopping volumes designed to break backs, bust budgets and bring a little golfing cheer to the holiday season

December 18, 2006 | Mike Purkey
How the Tour would look without Woods

December 18, 2006 | Mike Purkey
Grab one of only two houses on Vegas's showcase, Shadow Creek

December 18, 2006 | Steve Bosdosh
WHO: Marcel Siem

December 18, 2006 | Alan Shipnuck
SI recently drafted a press release trumpeting the PGA Tour's plans to penalize players who are caught using performance-enhancing drugs

December 18, 2006 | Alan Shipnuck
Budding architect Tiger Woods goes into the course-design business

December 18, 2006 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
A 47-Year-Old Tour Virgin, Jim Rutledge Is The Oldest Rookie But with a well-traveled game, a loving, healthy family and a newfound confidence, Rutledge could be the first-year player who does the...

December 18, 2006
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