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November 26, 2007 | Volume 107, Issue 21

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Kerry Meier Cover - Sports Illustrated November 26, 2007

November 26, 2007
Excited Lee

November 26, 2007
Myth Busters

November 26, 2007 | Ben Reiter
Two SI writers explore the complicated dynamics behind the undoing of Michael Vick

November 26, 2007 | Tom Verducci
Is the Barry Bonds era finally behind us? Tick tock

November 26, 2007
WHO'S Hot

November 26, 2007
Who is the most courageous receiver in the NFL?

November 26, 2007
Joined The Dolphins on Monday, running back Ricky Williams, who was reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last week after a 1 1/2-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse...

November 26, 2007
WHEN HE MADE his major league debut for the Reds on June 10, 1944, in a blowout loss to the Cardinals, Joe Nuxhall got the first man he faced to ground out. The third popped out; in between he...

November 26, 2007
DAVID BECKHAM Looking back on his first year in MLS: "It's been great so far, very positive and smooth apart from ... the season."

November 26, 2007
1 Players in major-college history who have had 20 rushing touchdowns and 20 TD passes in the same season: Florida's Tim Tebow, who has thrown for 26 scores and run for 20 this year.

November 26, 2007
A 102-year-old woman from Lincolnshire, England, posed nude for a calendar to raise money for a local soccer team.

November 26, 2007 | KOSTYA KENNEDY
After a rough stint on NBC, provocateur Brett Hull is getting a shot as a G.M.

November 26, 2007 | As told to Chris Mannix
On the Hornets' leaving Oklahoma City after two years Fans there were hurt. They had a bond with us. I'd see fans on the street and they'd tell me we were a part of their family. The biggest...

November 26, 2007 | Caitlin Moscatello
Thomas and Julius Jones face off

November 26, 2007 | Adam Duerson
LAILA ALI will have a hard time squeezing in another title defense between TV gigs. She's set to mentor a dozen kids from rival Decatur, Ill., high schools as the host of Nickelodeon's teen...

November 26, 2007 | Pablo S. Torre
A 26-year-old is rewriting the harness racing record book

November 26, 2007 | Pablo S. Torre
He's been E-ROD, PAY-ROD, STAYROD and STRAY-ROD in the New York press. Now that he's agreed to a 10-year, $275 million contract, what personas will Alex Rodriguez assume next?

November 26, 2007 | MARK BECHTEL
A documentary follows Caltech's brainiac basketball team

November 26, 2007 | MARK BECHTEL
BALTIMOREANS WERE buzzing about the Orioles last week; alas the chatter concerned DH Aubrey Huff's drop-by on the Bubba the Love Sponge Show on Sirius. Huff (right) played down to Bubba's Howard...

November 26, 2007 | MARK BECHTEL
CHRISTMAS CAME early for those who catch stadium bratwursts tossed from three sections away and then ask the vendor for the recipe. Concessionaire Delaware North Companies Sportservice has...

November 26, 2007
Janelle Lynch MACUNGIE, PA. > Field Hockey Lynch, a sophomore forward at Alvernia, was named Pennsylvania Athletic Conference player of the year after leading the league in goals (17) and points...

November 26, 2007
SI PLAYERS, OCT. 29 The last time the U.S. women's soccer team was looking for a coach, in 2004, Pia Sundhage (below) was the first choice of many players. That support likely cost her a shot at...

November 26, 2007 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

November 26, 2007 | AUSTIN MURPHY
The first 115 meetings between bitter rivals Kansas and Missouri were mostly forgettable, but this Saturday's victor will be one win from playing for the national title

November 26, 2007 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Border War

November 26, 2007 | TIM LAYDEN

November 26, 2007 | TIM LAYDEN
Top of the Heap

November 26, 2007 | Damon Hack
Another Sunday, another precision display from the Patriots. Credit their play-calling, their execution and their sheer will

November 26, 2007 | LARS ANDERSON

November 26, 2007 | LARS ANDERSON
Overdrive

November 26, 2007 | LARS ANDERSON
After nine months of banging, drafting and jawing—i.e., racing—here are the highs and lows of the Nextel Cup season

November 26, 2007 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
As blue-chip recruits across the country signed with schools last week, other promising players like point guard Oscar Bellfield waited to make their commitments—determined to prove how good they...

November 26, 2007 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
Basketball Jones

November 26, 2007 | Kevin Armstrong
1. DUNCANVILLE (Texas) 39--0

November 26, 2007 | Joe Lemire
GLORY DAYS FOR THE VOLS

November 26, 2007 | GRANT WAHL
Behind its Canadian Rastafarian midfielder, Dwayne De Rosario, the Houston Dynasty—er, Dynamo—seized its second straight MLS Cup

November 26, 2007 | GEORGE DOHRMANN

November 26, 2007 | GEORGE DOHRMANN
Legal Eagle

November 26, 2007
The NFL The Bears face the hard truth: Rex Grossman may be their best option at QB • Peter King: Are the Patriots running up the score? • Dr. Z's Forecast: The Redskins get rolling

November 26, 2007 | Jim Trotter
Him Again?

November 26, 2007 | Jim Trotter
The contribution of Josh Cribbs (right) to the Browns' 6--4 start can't be overstated. His 39-yard kickoff return on Sunday at Baltimore set up the field goal that forced overtime, and his 41-yard...

November 26, 2007 | Peter King
Some say it's a killer instinct. Others view it as running up the score. Whatever you call it, the 10--0 Patriots' penchant for going for it on fourth down with big leads this season isn't...

November 26, 2007 | Paul Zimmerman
Seems kind of freaky, doesn't it, that only 12 of the 32 NFL teams have winning records? It's as if someone were saying, "O.K., everybody over .500, pick up your pass for the playoffs." Which...

November 26, 2007 | Ian Thomsen
Wade and See

November 26, 2007 | Ian Thomsen
On the Clippers, who were 5--4 at week's end without All-Star power forward Elton Brand and point guard Shaun Livingston, both out with injuries until after the All-Star break:

November 26, 2007 | Mark Beech
Dawg Bite

November 26, 2007 | Mark Beech
1 Michigan fans pining for alum Les Miles to succeed the retiring Lloyd Carr had best hope LSU loses one of its last two games. Though Miles is believed to covet the job, it's unlikely he would...

November 26, 2007 | Rick Reilly
The smallest-brained crustaceans are water fleas. The smallest-brained parasites are flatworms. And the smallest-brained mammals are the men and women who run high school athletics in the state of...

November 26, 2007 | Adam Duerson
These players are just good enough to lead you to ruin

November 26, 2007 | Adam Duerson
Read Will Carroll's analysis of the latest injury reports every Thursday at SI.com/fantasy.

November 26, 2007 | David Sabino
QUARTERBACK

November 26, 2007
QUARTERBACK