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December 03, 2007 | Volume 107, Issue 22

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December 03, 2007
Pats Imperfect

December 03, 2007 | Richard Hoffer
In praise of standing on the necks of Giants—and Bills, and Dolphins and...

December 03, 2007
WHO'S Hot

December 03, 2007
Which NFL receiver is the easiest to intimidate?

December 03, 2007
Died At age 28, major league pitcher Joe Kennedy (below). The cause of death has not been determined, but Kennedy's agent, Damon Lapa, said that the player's family had been told by doctors that...

December 03, 2007
TED NOLAN Islanders coach, after a 2--1 win last Saturday: "My philosophy has always been if we score one more than them, we have a good chance of winning."

December 03, 2007
3 Interceptions Giants QB Eli Manning had returned for scores against the Vikings.

December 03, 2007
AT TIMES during his four-year career it has seemed that the football has been the easiest aspect of life in the NFL for Sean Taylor to manage. Taylor, 24, one of the hardest-hitting safeties in...

December 03, 2007
Major League Baseball is auctioning off a bottle of bug spray from Game 2 of the ALDS.

December 03, 2007 | As told to Adam Duerson
The NFL's most lethal return man had two more TDs on Sunday

December 03, 2007
Lo, it cometh: SI's first annual Advent calendar

December 03, 2007 | KOSTYA KENNEDY
Is Dennis Miller's new sports show as heady as its host?

December 03, 2007 | Adam Duerson
IT MAY BE a shortage of better ideas, rather than popular demand, that is driving the comeback of NBC's The Apprentice in a turbocharged celebrity form. But the show now has a decidedly sportsy...

December 03, 2007 | KOSTYA KENNEDY
EVEN FOOTBALL refs have their heroes, to whom they pay homage. During a Jets-Bills game in 1986 Ben Dreith won a permanent spot on NFL highlight reels when he flagged New York's Marty Lyons for a...

December 03, 2007 | Richard Deitsch
Michael Imperioli plays a catcher on TV

December 03, 2007 | Ben Reiter
MIAMI HEAT, CENTER

December 03, 2007 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

December 03, 2007
Kyle Patterson BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND > Soccer Patterson, a junior midfielder at Saint Louis, scored three goals in a span of two minutes, 31 seconds, during the Billikens' 8--0 win over Saint...

December 03, 2007 | DAMON HACK

December 03, 2007 | DAMON HACK
Covering the Field

December 03, 2007 | CHRIS MANNIX
The NBA's fourth-leading scorer is Kings guard Kevin Martin. (Yes, you read that right.) Though he plays in the Pacific time zone for a bad team, you'll be hearing plenty about him, because he's...

December 03, 2007 | CHRIS MANNIX
Looking for more up-and-comers to tout? Try these three

December 03, 2007 | CHRIS MANNIX
NBA Roundtable

December 03, 2007 | STEWART MANDEL
Not even ranked until after its third game, Missouri and its Heisman hopeful need a win over Oklahoma to earn a berth, potentially with West Virginia, in the BCS championship game

December 03, 2007 | STEWART MANDEL
Video

December 03, 2007 | Mark Beech
Hawaii offers up the nation's top-scoring offense, a Heisman candidate and a conference title—not to mention the only perfect record in the country—but it's still battling to get respect in the polls

December 03, 2007 | PHIL TAYLOR

December 03, 2007 | PHIL TAYLOR
Trophy Chase

December 03, 2007 | L. JON WERTHEIM

December 03, 2007 | L. JON WERTHEIM
Inside Story

December 03, 2007
Sidewinder

December 03, 2007
The NFL The Chargers thump Baltimore and may have finally put last season behind them. Peter King: David Garrard's mistake-free play carries the Jaguars

December 03, 2007 | Jim Trotter
Play on Words After their star gave them a talking-to, the frustrated Chargers moved forward with a dominating—and timely—win

December 03, 2007 | Jim Trotter
Vikings safety Darren Sharper (right) deserves more love than he gets. The 11-year veteran had his 52nd career interception and eighth touchdown return on Sunday against the Giants. Among pure...

December 03, 2007 | Peter King
If there was ever a match made in football heaven, it's turnover-obsessed Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio and quarterback David Garrard, who doesn't give the ball away. Garrard enters December as the...

December 03, 2007 | Paul Zimmerman
When Jim Kelly and his old run-and-shoot Houston Gamblers were snapping off 40 and 50 passes per game, a schoolboy quarterback from Kiln, Miss., named Brett Favre must have noted the action and...

December 03, 2007
SI's Top 10

December 03, 2007 | Michael Farber
Capital Change

December 03, 2007 | Michael Farber
The Rangers have overcome a slow start not so much because of veteran stars but because of the mature play of three youngsters, forward Brandon Dubinsky and defensemen Fedor Tyutin and Marc Staal....

December 03, 2007 | Seth Davis
Initial Reactions The season is still young, but the tournaments have already revealed several surprises and disappointments

December 03, 2007 | Seth Davis
1 Louisville is in trouble. Senior center David Padgett (right) is out until at least late January with a fractured kneecap, and senior forward Juan Palacios is healing more slowly than expected...

December 03, 2007 | Rick Reilly
I was born the youngest of four, an attention-seeking missile, half boy, half caffeine and a leading cause of teachers' facial tics. But I always had one clear dream--to work at SI.

December 03, 2007 | Rick Reilly
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December 03, 2007 | Adam Duerson
Newcomers and returning players are altering teammates' fortunes

December 03, 2007 | David Sabino
WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

December 03, 2007 | David Sabino
WE DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

December 03, 2007 | David Sabino
CHILL FACTOR

December 03, 2007 | Joe Lemire
Punt returners reveal how they get their kicks

December 03, 2007 | Caitlin Moscatello
After quitting the WNBA, Chamique Holdsclaw turns up in Poland

December 03, 2007 | STEPHEN CANNELLA
AT FIRST GLANCE Tom Johnson was an odd choice to be the Boston Bruins' coach when he was hired in the spring of 1970. The Bruins of the early '70s were a rambunctious bunch, led by long-haired...

December 03, 2007 | MARK BECHTEL
A nation's beloved football team hits rock bottom

December 03, 2007 | MARK BECHTEL
BRITISH OPERA SINGER Tony Henry needs to brush up on his Croatian. While singing that country's national anthem before the game against England last week, Henry was supposed to sing, "Mila kuda si...

December 03, 2007
THEY HOWL, they scratch themselves, they get excited and forget they're housebroken. But even your relatives can't spoil the fun of watching The National Dog Show hosted by the Kennel Club of...