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December 17, 2007 | Volume 107, Issue 24

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Kevin Everett Cover - Sports Illustrated December 17, 2007

December 17, 2007
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December 17, 2007 | Richard Hoffer
A British invasion livened up Vegas. So what if Ricky Hatton got pounded?

December 17, 2007
WHO'S Hot

December 17, 2007
Who is the most intimidating offensive lineman in football?

December 17, 2007
Died Of an apparent heart attack at age 56, poker player Chip Reese (below). Though he was a three-time World Series of Poker winner, Reese was better known for his acumen in high-stakes cash...

December 17, 2007 | Jim Trotter
AFTER SUSPENDED Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was sentenced on Monday to 23 months in federal prison for his role in a dogfighting operation, several general managers told SI that they...

December 17, 2007
33 Years since an NFL player had returned a punt and a fumble for touchdowns in the same game before the Packers' Will Blackmon did so on Sunday.

December 17, 2007
An online auction site in New Zealand is selling food scraps—including a french fry and a half-eaten corncob—from meals David Beckham had while in the country.

December 17, 2007
DMITRY TURSUNOV Russian tennis player, on the similarities between his homeland and the U.S.: "We both owned Alaska at one point."

December 17, 2007 | Pablo S. Torre
WHAT COULD be more fun than naming a sports mascot? How about rushing through a nonfunctioning turnstile? The Philadelphia Phillies new Triple A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, had a...

December 17, 2007 | Adam Duerson
The tennis star just released her own clothing line, EleVen, available at Steve & Barry's stores

December 17, 2007
As baseball's winter meetings ended, SI asked an executive from each team for a one-word assessment of his club

December 17, 2007
With the NBA's brightest star leading the way, sports and entertainment synched up in '07

December 17, 2007 | Adam Duerson
Has the perceived need to appeal to women—and overseas markets—doomed the sports flick?

December 17, 2007 | Adam Duerson
HIGH In The Rocket, Roy Dupuis plays Maurice Richard with a stoicism that might bore the TMZ set. But the film has scored where they know the subject best—it won nine Genies (Canadian Oscars).

December 17, 2007 | Adam Duerson
Forty Super Bowls at your fingertips

December 17, 2007 | Adam Duerson
HAVING ALREADY tackled the story of a beloved fictional minor leaguer, Ron Shelton is setting his sights on a reviled real-life big leaguer—Barry Bonds (below). The Bull Durham director has signed...

December 17, 2007 | Adam Duerson
HEART-WRENCHING DAVID AND GOLIATH STORY Steve Wiebe is a hard-luck science teacher who got laid off from his previous job the same day he closes on a house. Billy Mitchell is cocky and runs a...

December 17, 2007 | KOSTYA KENNEDY
Friday Night Lights shows there are places in America where life and high school football are the same

December 17, 2007 | KOSTYA KENNEDY
HIGH It's reminiscent of Friday Night Lights, but the Sundance Channel's miniseries Nimrod Nation is a documentary, lending further urgency to its exploration of social issues—and to the hoops...

December 17, 2007 | KOSTYA KENNEDY
Tiki Barber NBC's Football Night in America

December 17, 2007 | KOSTYA KENNEDY
HELIO CASTRONEVES, last month's winner of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, banked $1.7 million on the IndyCar circuit in 2007, so why would Castroneves (right), or any well-paid athlete, spend eight...

December 17, 2007 | KOSTYA KENNEDY
MONSTROUS RATING The game was dubbed Super Bowl 41 1/2, and it drew an audience almost worthy of the annual February TV-palooza. CBS had a 22.5 Nielsen rating (33.8 million viewers) for the...

December 17, 2007 | STEPHEN CANNELLA
An affecting memoir, tales of front-office intrigue and a bracing bio made it the year of the football book

December 17, 2007 | STEPHEN CANNELLA
HIGH In The Happiest Man in the World, Alec Wilkinson profiles Poppa Neutrino, a free-spirited 70-something who crosses the Atlantic on a raft built from trash. Is Neutrino nuts? Maybe, but he'll...

December 17, 2007 | STEPHEN CANNELLA
How one fight changed two lives

December 17, 2007 | STEPHEN CANNELLA
ILLUMINATING LOOK AT AN ENDURING MYTH You'd think there's nothing left to say about the 1936 Olympics, but in Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens ESPN's Jeremy Schaap argues that much of what...

December 17, 2007 | Richard Deitsch
A West Virginia lawyer produces the NFL's go-to site

December 17, 2007 | Jacob Luft
Peripherals now matter as much as software

December 17, 2007 | Richard Deitsch
WELCOME NEWS FOR OLYMPIC FANS NBC announced that NBCOlympics.com will offer 3,600 hours of online coverage from China next August, including 2,200 hours of live video coverage. It will be the...

December 17, 2007 | Jacob Luft
IMPRESSIVE UPSTART 2K Sports got back in the NFL game with All-Pro Football 2K8, featuring ex-stars like Walter Payton, Joe Montana and, yes, O.J. Simpson. 2K8 boasts superior game play to...

December 17, 2007 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

December 17, 2007
Kristy Brandolini TWINSBURG, OHIO > Soccer Brandolini, a senior forward at Mount Vernon Nazarene, received the Michelle Akers Player of the Year Award from the National Christian College...

December 17, 2007 | LEE JENKINS

December 17, 2007 | LEE JENKINS
Blanket Coverage

December 17, 2007 | Damon Hack
After Steelers safety Anthony Smith opened his mouth, the Patriots made a statement of their own

December 17, 2007 | TOM VERDUCCI

December 17, 2007 | TOM VERDUCCI
Double Play

December 17, 2007 | JACK McCALLUM

December 17, 2007 | JACK McCALLUM
Super Subs

December 17, 2007 | TIM LAYDEN

December 17, 2007
The English Patient

December 17, 2007
The NFL Are the 9--4 Seahawks a product of a soft schedule or just getting primed for a deep playoff run? • Peter King's free-agent sleepers for 2008 • Dr. Z's Forecast: the parity paradox

December 17, 2007 | Jim Trotter
Seattle Soaring

December 17, 2007 | Jim Trotter
The Bills are suddenly in the wild-card hunt thanks to quarterback Trent Edwards, who's 5--1 as a starter following a win over Miami. Edwards (right) became the first rookie since the Pats' Jim...

December 17, 2007 | Peter King
Despite a thin roster of free agents, last year's open market produced the NFL's first $10 million-a-year cornerback (Nate Clements, 49ers) and three $7 million-a-year guards (Leonard Davis,...

December 17, 2007 | Paul Zimmerman
The most misunderstood word in the football lexicon is parity. It's a favorite of airhead talk show hosts when they explain why 5--8 and 6--7 teams still nurse playoff hopes. But they're confusing...

December 17, 2007 | Lars Anderson
Boom in 'Bama

December 17, 2007 | Lars Anderson
ST. AUGUSTINE (Fla.) vs. NAPLES (Fla.), Dec. 14 The Class 3A finalists arrived at the championship game with varying success. After dominating its first 12 opponents by an aggregate 518--70,...

December 17, 2007 | Lars Anderson
BIG MACKEY ATTACK QB Randall Mackey had 398 yards of offense (139 rushing, 259 passing) and four TDs in Bastrop's 38--14 win over Archbishop Shaw (Marrero) in the Louisiana 4A final. It was the...

December 17, 2007 | Lars Anderson
1 NORTHWESTERN (Miami) 14--0 Scored TD with 18 seconds left to gain 6A final vs. Boone (Orlando)

December 17, 2007 | Seth Davis
Paper Tigers?

December 17, 2007 | Seth Davis
1 Don't expect Lute Olson (right) to retire. Yes, Arizona's longtime coach, who announced last week that he will sit out this season after filing for divorce from his second wife, Christine, is...

December 17, 2007 | Chris Ballard
Barry Bonds's day in court dawns cold and windy, but the air smells good, like justice. The arraignment starts at 9 a.m. at the federal courthouse in downtown San Francisco, but word has it that...

December 17, 2007 | David Sabino
David Sabino projects the top picks of next year's fantasy draft

December 17, 2007 | David Sabino
This is the final edition of Fantasy Plus for 2007. For coverage through the end of the season, visit SI.com/fantasy.

December 17, 2007
WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

December 17, 2007
WE DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP