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October 08, 2001 | Volume 95, Issue 14

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Barry Bonds Cover - Sports Illustrated October 08, 2001

October 08, 2001
BeelineGeorgia Tech tailback Joe Burns wings it, going over the top for a one-yard touchdown against Clemson (page 104).

October 08, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
Only three teams head into Week 4 undefeated, and two of them could be in real trouble.

October 08, 2001 | Ivan Maisel
Cardiac 'CatsHo-hum. Northwestern got two scores in the final 29 ticks of another amazing win

October 08, 2001 | Ivan Maisel
•YA GOTTA LOVE THIS GUY

October 08, 2001 | Kelley King
Whether on the field or on the stage, Syracuse's Kyle Johnson is comfortable playing his role

October 08, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
Closing the Gap?Formula One champ Michael Schumacher sizes up his biggest threat next season

October 08, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
Work as a stuntman funds Stanton Barrett's Busch racing career

October 08, 2001 | Rick Reilly
Me, I like to be alone. I like wide open spaces and crickets and long walks without seeing a soul. That's why I like Montreal Expos games.

October 08, 2001
Opinions about overrated and underrated people, places and things in sports:

October 08, 2001
Letters

October 08, 2001 | Steve Rushin
Those who'd deny 38-year-old Michael Jordan his comeback miss the point—many of them

October 08, 2001 | Richard Deitsch
Highlights

October 08, 2001 | John O'Keefe
With fancast.com, would-be sports announcers can get on-the-job training—and an audience

October 08, 2001 | Richard Deitsch
Trev Alberts pulls no punches when choosing the most disappointing pro football player ever. He picks himself.

October 08, 2001 | John O'Keefe
ESPN's replacing its puffy interview program, Up Close, with the supposedly edgier Unscripted seems an attempt to match the success of Fox's often heated Last Word with Jim Rome. But will...

October 08, 2001 | Tim Alan Smith
JULY 8, 1974

October 08, 2001 | Frank Deford
Afghanistan has had an oddly central position in sports history

October 08, 2001 | Albert Chen
When comic book impresario Todd McFarlane paid $3 million for Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball after the 1998 season, memorabilia cognoscenti around the country let out a collective gasp. "There...

October 08, 2001 | Albert Chen
52%Barry Bonds's homers as a percentage of his RBIs (69/132) through Monday; if the figure stays above 50% he'll be the first home run champ in either league whose total was more than half his RBI...

October 08, 2001
(Q) Is that Powerade commercial in which Michael Vick throws a football 100-plus yards for real?

October 08, 2001
Warned•Colleges, by the NCAA, that putting U.S. flags on team uniforms might offend some players. "Institutions desiring to place flags on uniforms should consider the nationalities of all of...

October 08, 2001 | Rick Lipsey
At 10 p.m. last Saturday in a 5,000-square-foot tent where World Trade Center relief workers take their breaks, Stella Lin was giving orders. "Get me garbage bags now," the 4'9", 100-pound Lin...

October 08, 2001
After the NFL postponed its Week 2 slate, pushing the playoffs back a week, the league began negotiating with the National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) over which outfit would stage its biggest...

October 08, 2001
With the Dodgers all but out of the playoff race, Gary Sheffield can turn his attention to something really important: selling his house. Sheffield has had his 11,000-square-foot mansion in St....

October 08, 2001
JOHN THOMPSONFormer Georgetown coach, on the return of Michael Jordan: "All that stuff about him jumping from the foul line is over. His game is going to be on the floor now. We're going to start...

October 08, 2001 | Phil Taylor
Otis Smith is steering the Warriors' three rookies through their transition to the NBA

October 08, 2001 | Stephen Cannella
That he had a shot at a home run mark shows Tuffy Rhodes's stature in Japan

October 08, 2001
Janelle Tomlinson, STRATFORD, WIS.VolleyballTomlinson, a sophomore middle blocker at Wisconsin-Green Bay, broke an NCAA women's record for service aces in a three-game match by firing 15 in a...

October 08, 2001 | Tom Verducci
With the greatest slugging in recent memory, the Giants' remarkably efficient Barry Bonds was primed to break Big Mac's record

October 08, 2001 | Tom Verducci
Home runs are the most obvious, but hardly the only, key stat of Barry Bonds's season. Here, with six games remaining, is a litany of his major offensive accomplishments and milestones.—David Sabino

October 08, 2001 | George Dohrmann
A bullying North Dakota alumnus built the school a $100 million rink but tore its campus asunder

October 08, 2001 | Michael Silver
Thanks to a jolt from Doug Flutie, the Chargers have run off three straight wins and become the talk of the AFC

October 08, 2001 | Richard Hoffer
Long overlooked Bernard Hopkins capped his career and unified the middleweight title with a stunning upset of Felix Trinidad

October 08, 2001 | Michael Farber
The biggest stars usually have elevated hockey intelligence a trait that more and more teams are looking for in players

October 08, 2001 | Michael Farber
Here is SI's second-team All-Smarts squad, plus the five coaches and general managers who have the best hockey brains.

October 08, 2001
What goes through a goaltender's mind when Pavel Bure is racing in on a breakaway? Or Al MacInnis is teeing up a slap shot? Here are the thoughts of New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, one of the best...

October 08, 2001
For complete NHL scores, stats and news, plus Michael Farber's exclusive insider reports and Kostya Kennedy's mailbag, go to cnnsi.com/hockey.

October 08, 2001 | Michael Farber
In contrast to their stereotype, most NHL players aren't dumb, toothless, beer-drinking brawlers

October 08, 2001
Avalanche star Peter Forsberg stayed home, seemingly the only marquee player who did during the NHL's wild off-season. Forsberg took an indefinite leave of absence from the Stanley Cup champions...

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
If the administrators of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto get an urge to expand a few years hence, they might look westward to Windsor, the Ontario city that's just across the river from...

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
The Red Wings are the first NHL team to have three active players—Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Steve Yzerman—who have scored more than 500 goals.

October 08, 2001 | Michael Farber
After helping Jeremy Roenick tug on his new Flyers sweater at a July press conference announcing the signing of the free-agent center to a five-year, $37.5 million contract, owner Ed Snider was...

October 08, 2001 | Michael Farber
Roman Cechmanek's 10 shutouts last season made him the first Flyers goalie to hit double digits in that category since Bernie Parent had 12 in 1974-75.

October 08, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
The summertime itinerary of the Stanley Cup is a thoroughly documented phenomenon. Players from the NHL's best team spend the off-season carting the trophy everywhere from family barbecues to...

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Ken Hitchcock arrived at June's NHL entry draft in Sunrise, Fla., looking healthy and tan, a startling contrast to the slouching, sleep-deprived figure he normally cuts at mat time of year. "I've...

October 08, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
The Avalanche's top line of Joe Sakic (+45), Milan Hejduk (+32) and Alex Tanguay (+35) combined for a +112 rating last season, the highest of any NHL line.

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Last season Marty Turco led the NHL in save percentage (.925), becoming the second straight Stars goalie to do so (Ed Belfour, .919).

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Jaromir Jagr's shining moment last spring occurred not on the ice, where he scored only twice in 16 playoff games for the Penguins, but on an off day. With the Penguins and Devils tied at one game...

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
If you're a fan who had no rooting interest in last year's finals, you probably delighted in the sight of 40-year-old Raymond Bourque at long last thrusting the Stanley Cup into the air. As his...

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Peter Bondra needs 16 goals to pass Mike Gartner as the Capitals' alltime goal scorer. In 10 seasons Gartner scored 397 times for Washington; Bondra enters his 12th year with 382.

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
The Devils' five consecutive seasons with at least 45 wins matches the third-longest such streak in league history, behind the Canadiens (11) and Oilers (6).

October 08, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
Unlike most everything else in Silicon Valley, the prospects for the Sharks remain bullish. For five years running San Jose has improved its point total from the previous season, finishing last...

October 08, 2001 | Brian Cazeneuve
The good citizens of Canada may have taken one look at the Blues' training camp and wondered if coach Joel Quenneville, a Quebec native, was being unpatriotic. After all, what sort of Canadian...

October 08, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
In 2000-01 the Sharks' Evgeni Nabokov became the 14th goaltender to win the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. Of the 13 netminders who previously were so honored, 11 went on to play for a...

October 08, 2001 | Brian Cazeneuve
Last season the Blues played a league-high 34 regular-season games that were decided by three or more goals. In those matches St. Louis's record was 24-10, best in the Western Conference.

October 08, 2001 | Michael Farber
For those lucky Torontonians with digital cable, there's now must-see Leafs TV, a channel devoted to the fortunes and history of a franchise that has crossed the line between civic passion and...

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
The Bruins officially disappeared into Bizarro World in late September when center Jason Allison, who was ensnared in a contract impasse, volunteered to cease squabbling with Boston general...

October 08, 2001 | Michael Farber
Last year Mats Sundin led the Maple Leafs in scoring for the seventh straight season, a streak that is second in franchise history to Darryl Sittler's eight consecutive years (1972-73 through 79-80).

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Right wing Bill Guerin, who was acquired by the Bruins last November, played in 85 regular-season games in 2000-01, one short of the single-season record held by Jimmy Carson and Bob Kudelski.

October 08, 2001 | Mark Beech
When the Kings acquired right wing Adam Deadmarsh from the Avalanche last February as part of the trade that sent Rob Blake to Colorado, they knew he would provide more than a nice scoring touch....

October 08, 2001 | Michael Farber
The Senators, a team that each spring races the ice on the Rideau Canal to see which melts first, addressed their perennial lack of grit this summer by bringing in former enforcer Don Jackson as...

October 08, 2001 | Mark Beech
Last season Lubomir Visnovsky became only the third Kings defenseman named to the NHL All-Rookie Team, joining Rob Blake (1990-91) and Steve Duchesne (1986-87).

October 08, 2001 | Michael Farber
The Senators are one of four teams to finish with 95 or more points in each of the last three seasons. Ottawa hasn't won a playoff series over that span, while the other three clubs—the Stars,...

October 08, 2001 | Michael Farber
The Penguins' plan was for coach Ivan Hlinka, a native of the Czech Republic, to take English courses over the summer. Instead he returned to Prague and listened to language tapes. The move irked...

October 08, 2001 | Daniel G. Habib
During a training-camp bonding junket to Charleston, S.C., 26 Sabres spent a day on the 1,600-acre grounds of the oceanfront Wild Dunes Resort doing a series of team-building exercises such as...

October 08, 2001 | Michael Farber
When Jaromir Jagr totaled 121 points last year, it marked the seventh straight season that a Penguin had won the league scoring title, tying the record held by the Bruins (1968-69 through '74-75)...

October 08, 2001 | Daniel G. Habib
The Sabres, who led the league in penalty killing last season, were scored upon only 12% of the time in shorthanded situations (40 goals in 334 opportunities).

October 08, 2001 | Kristin Green Morse
Weightlessness has been known to make people queasy and wobbly, and Edmonton fans know the feeling. Their condition, and the gravity of this situation, stems from the loss of the Oilers' captain...

October 08, 2001 | Brian Cazeneuve
In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, the Canucks instead had 90 points in 2000-01, only the third time in their 31-year history that they reached the 90-point plateau. They were then...

October 08, 2001 | Brian Cazeneuve
With Markus Naslund in the lineup last season (playoffs included), the Canucks were 34-23-8-7 (.576). When he was sidelined by injuries, Vancouver went 2-8-3-1 (.286).

October 08, 2001 | Kristin Green Morse
No goaltender allowed as many power-play goals last season as the Oilers' Tommy Salo, who surrendered 53.

October 08, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
The Hurricanes may have migrated south from Hartford in 1997, but hockey didn't really arrive in Tobacco Country until last spring. Now, after three years of drawing the some of the smallest...

October 08, 2001 | L. Jon Wertheim
Ron Francis needs 33 assists to overtake Raymond Bourque (1,169) for second place on the alltime list. Wayne Gretzky is No. 1, with 1,963 assists.

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
The Brain Trust gathered after last season, surveyed the team that had gone 21-51-7-3 and missed the postseason for a seventh straight year, and devised a two-pronged plan. First, the Islanders...

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
The Islanders have missed the playoffs seven straight seasons, one shy of the longest streak in league history, held by the Bruins (1959-60 to '66-67) and the Capitals ('74-75 to '81-82).

October 08, 2001 | Daniel G. Habib
David Poile had always run the Predators on a shoestring budget. In the franchise's first two seasons Nashville's payroll was the NHL's smallest, and last year's $19.6 million tab, though large by...

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
So much of the Rangers' future is tied up in their acquisition of Eric Lindros that general manager Glen Sather, a thoughtful man of 58, has been characterizing the deal as a symbol of his larger...

October 08, 2001 | Daniel G. Habib
Of the 77 NHL players who appeared in all 82 of their team's games last season, Predators defenseman Cale Hulse had the fewest points, eight.

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Twenty-four onetime Rangers have scored 50 or more goals in a season. Only two, Adam Graves and Vic Hadfield, did so while playing for New York.

October 08, 2001 | Richard Deitsch
As far as hockey siblings go, the Sutters and the Bures stand at opposite ends of the spectrum. If you belong to the Sutter clan, you are likely to be as relentless as a Saskatchewan winter,...

October 08, 2001 | Richard Deitsch
Refusing to rest on his laurels after finishing second to San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov in the Calder Trophy voting, Tampa Bay center Brad Richards spent his off-season working out with fellow...

October 08, 2001 | Richard Deitsch
The most goals scored by teammate brothers in a season is 88, by the Blackhawks' Bobby and Dennis Hull. Last season Pavel (59) and Valeri (27) Bure combined for 86 goals, although Valeri's came...

October 08, 2001 | Richard Deitsch
Two of the Lightning's top three scorers last year, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards, were two when a new teammate, 38-year-old left wing Dave Andreychuk, made his NHL debut with the Sabres,...

October 08, 2001 | Mark Beech
Nobody's likely to confuse Ron Tugnutt with Ralph Nader, but the Columbus goaltender did play a small part in last November's U.S. presidential election. Tugnutt, a Scarborough, Ont., native, was...

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Coach Brian Sutter, an exacting man who took over the job last spring, has both a pessimistic side and a gift for hyperbole, traits that led him to arrive at training camp last month and declare,...

October 08, 2001 | Mark Beech
The Blue Jackets' Ron Tugnutt (22 wins) broke the record for victories by an expansion goalie, which was held by the North Stars' Cesare Maniago and the Panthers' John Vanbiesbrouck (21 each).

October 08, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Since the beginning of the 1997-98 season, the Blackhawks have had eight coaches, the most in a five-year span for any team since the Blues had eight from 70-71 to 74-75.

October 08, 2001 | Kristin Green Morse
Sunny forecasts are as common to Phoenix as cacti and AARP cards. They are far less common for the hometown hockey team, over which storm clouds seem to hang perpetually. Since last year's trading...

October 08, 2001 | Michael Farber
The news on the eve of training camp that captain Saku Koivu has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was a knee to the groin for a storied franchise that has long been groping to find its way again. Koivu was...

October 08, 2001 | Kristin Green Morse
Last season the Coyotes became the second NHL team to fail to qualify for the playoffs despite getting 90 or more points (the '69-70 Canadiens were the other).

October 08, 2001 | Michael Farber
Last season was the first time the Canadiens finished as many as 12 games under .500 (28-40-8-6) since 1939-40, when they were 10-33-5.

October 08, 2001 | Brian Cazeneuve
Greg Gilbert came into training camp this summer insisting that he would dole out playing time on a merit system, which is a polite way of saying that the Flames' coach doesn't have the players to...

October 08, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
In one of last season's more memorable exchanges, Penguins center Mario Lemieux ripped Wild coach Jacques Lemaire last February after a game in which Minnesota's neutral-zone trap had suffocated...

October 08, 2001 | Brian Cazeneuve
With 71 points in 2000-01, Jarome Iginla became the fourth player in the past four seasons to lead the Flames in scoring. The others—Valeri Bure, Cory Stillman and Theo Fleury—were traded.

October 08, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
In 2000-01 the Wild was shut out a league-high 14 times and finished last in the NHL in scoring, with 2.05 goals per game.

October 08, 2001 | Mark Beech
There was a surprising air of enthusiasm in Anaheim's training camp this fall. Some of it surely had to do with the presence of new coach Bryan Murray, who has made a career of turning losing...

October 08, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
Anytime a team tries to sell season tickets with radio ads featuring sound bites from the draft, it's a safe bet it isn't loaded with talent. Such is the case with the three-year-old Thrashers....

October 08, 2001 | Mark Beech
Mighty Ducks defensemen Oleg Tverdovsky (290 games) and Keith Carney (247) have the second-and fourth-longest active consecutive-games-played streaks.

October 08, 2001 | Mark Bechtel
The Thrashers' Damian Rhodes faced more shots per 60 minutes (32.7) than any goaltender in the league.

October 08, 2001
The NFL

October 08, 2001 | Peter King
Back in StrideThe Ravens showed they haven't lost their swagger with a convincing win in Denver