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September 23, 2002 | Volume 97, Issue 12

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Johnny Unitas Cover - Sports Illustrated September 23, 2002

September 23, 2002
Pleased as PunchOscar De La Hoya admires his handiwork after flooring Fernando Vargas with a perfect left hook in the 11th round of their 154-pound title fight on Saturday in Las Vegas (page 46).

September 23, 2002
Randy RemarksI'm so glad that Randy Moss (How Good Can Randy Moss Be?, Sept. 2) explained to us that we have the wrong idea of him. I was particularly touched by the fact that his NFL heroes are...

September 23, 2002
LETTERS

September 23, 2002 | John O'Keefe
JANUARY 16, 1956

September 23, 2002 | Steve Rushin
They looked like still-life portraits of saints in stained glass—those Technicolor photographs, scissored from Sport magazine, that papered boys' bedrooms in the 1950s. "When we started, the media...

September 23, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
As the days dwindle down and rosters swell, fans can sneak a peek at next season's phenoms—and applaud the guys who can't believe they're in the Bigs

September 23, 2002 | George Dohrmann
Chris Webber may have talked his way into an indictment

September 23, 2002
A year after being smothered in soup, shaving cream and stage love by an actress playing his mother in a commercial for Campbell's Chunky Soup, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is back in the...

September 23, 2002 | George Dohrmann
28Years that William Schuster of Oshkosh, Wis., was on the Packers' season-ticket waiting list before being allowed to buy four seats this year.

September 23, 2002 | Mark Beech
Former NBA player Bison Dele hasn't been heard from in months

September 23, 2002
One hundred years ago this week, in the Sept. 16, 1902, Chicago Tribune, the names TINKER-EVERS-CHANCE appeared together in box score agate for the first time, the record of a routine 6-4-3 double...

September 23, 2002
DeniedBy the NFL, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's request to wear Johnny Unitas-style shoes for Sunday's game against The Dolphins. Manning had wanted to wear black hightops as a tribute to the...

September 23, 2002 | Bill Scheft
(Taptaptap) Is this thing on?

September 23, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
After giving up his NYPD Blue badge last year, the 32-year-old actor goes from the streets of New York to the great outdoors as the host of ESPN's The New American Sportsman.

September 23, 2002
Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler seems to be starting a career in sports, not as an athlete but as a belter of national anthems. Last Saturday at Yankee Stadium—where she appeared with fellow cast...

September 23, 2002
For a million Canadian dollars you might leap this high yourself. That was the prize money offered at the CN International Spruce Meadows Masters show-jumping tournament in Calgary, Alberta, where...

September 23, 2002
In Australia sheep-counting is now a competitive sport with a national championship. Last Saturday, Peter Desailey of Wyvern Station counted 277 sheep to win the title.

September 23, 2002
ANNA KOURNIKOVAThe tennis star, 0 for 117 tournaments, after falling in the finals of the WTA's Shanghai Open last Sunday: "Not only did the fans here wish me to win, but so did the fans all over...

September 23, 2002
SEPTEMBER 20-26

September 23, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
Costas is a KO for HBO, Fox gets a haircut, Top o' the ratings

September 23, 2002
Division Lesson

September 23, 2002
Deron Verbeck, KAILUA-KONA, HAWAIIFree DivingVerbeck, 38, set an American record for static apnea (holding one's breath while floating facedown in water) of 6:48 during the U.S. free-diving team...

September 23, 2002
PROBLEM SOLVED: b. Mike Scioscia. Howe (Yankees) and Peña (Braves) pitched in the 1995 playoffs. Valenzuela pitched for the Padres in '96.

September 23, 2002 | Brian Cazeneuve
After a vicious hit knocked him out of the playoffs, Montreal's Richard Zednik is ready for camp

September 23, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
In just his third year in CART, Cristiano da Matta is speeding toward the winningest season ever

September 23, 2002 | Kelley King
Jeremy Bloom wanted to play for Colorado so badly that he gave up lucrative skiing endorsements

September 23, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
In a test of the latest NFL video games, most of which become more realistic with each new edition, SI's master of the control pad crowns a new champ

September 23, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
If you prefer campus life, there are a trio of college football video games on the market. The quality of each is roughly on par with its manufacturer's NFL game. All three college versions...

September 23, 2002 | Tom Verducci
In the latest installment of their storied rivalry the Dodgers and the Giants are at it again, battling for the National League wild card

September 23, 2002 | Albert Chen
A 3-0 start under new coach Tyrone Willingham has the Fighting Irish faithful hoping Notre Dame's luster has been restored

September 23, 2002 | Lars Anderson
Two hours before Penn State's kickoff against Nebraska last Saturday, sophomore quarterback Zack Mills sat on the Nittany Lions' team bus as it motored through Happy Valley toward Beaver Stadium....

September 23, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
When one team dominates as thoroughly as USC did in its 40-3 rout of Colorado, it's hard to know where to begin explaining what went right. The Trojans held the Buffaloes to 61 total yards, and...

September 23, 2002 | Richard Hoffer
Fernando Vargas brought his rage and muscle to the ring, but Oscar De La Hoya had the savvy and skills to make a bloody 11th-round TKO look as measured as a day at the office

September 23, 2002 | Tim Layden
Tim Montgomery, training partner and new beau of Marion Jones, ran the race of his life in Paris

September 23, 2002 | Peter King
Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher and Falcons quarterback Michael Vick showed off their speed and athleticism in a showdown between two of the league's hottest young stars

September 23, 2002 | Frank Deford
For the author—a Baltimore native and future sportswriter—the Colts' quarterback was more than a boyhood hero. He was an inspiration for the entire city

September 23, 2002 | Frank Deford
Tough as nails, as Alex Hawkins, a teammate, vividly shows in this excerpt from his book My Story

September 23, 2002 | Barry Levinson
In Barry Levinson's Diner, set in the Baltimore of 1959, the young hero insists that his fiancée pass an impossibly difficult Colts trivia test before he'll agree to marry her. This became known...

September 23, 2002 | Paul Zimmerman
In an interview more than two decades after his last game, the old pro showed the passion of an All-Pro still in his prime

September 23, 2002 | Paul Zimmerman
We consider Johnny Unitas the best quarterback ever to play the game, so what better way to honor his memory than to introduce the U Ratings? Using six statistical measures supplied by Elias...

September 23, 2002 | Peter King
Mass substitutions, sophisticated defenses and the pressure to win add up to one conclusion—we'll never see another Johnny U

September 23, 2002
The NFL

September 23, 2002 | Jeffri Chadiha
No Standing PatWith a pair of convincing wins, the Patriots seem intent on proving that their Super Bowl win was no fluke

September 23, 2002 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH...Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber

September 23, 2002 | Paul Zimmerman
What's wrong with the Rams? First of all, I don't think Kurt Warner's healthy. Maybe it's his arm or shoulder or thumb, but something's wrong with his delivery. Watching the Rams lose to the...

September 23, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
Clarett JuggernautFreshman Maurice Clarett has been a stunning success for Ohio State

September 23, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
Tennessee RB Cedric Houston versus Florida MLB Bam Hardmon

September 23, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Time to TinkerHaving clinched the AL Central, the Twins try to work out two kinks that could stymie their World Series hopes

September 23, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
The Twins aren't the only team with concerns entering the postseason. Here is the biggest question facing each of six other playoff-bound clubs.

September 23, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Mark Bellhorn, whom the Cubs got from the A's last November in a trade for infield prospect Adam Morrissey, wasn't supposed to be Chicago's biggest off-season acquisition. Bellhorn had a career...

September 23, 2002
Campus confidential: For more college football coverage, including stats, rankings and Ivan Maisel's Heisman watch, go to cnnsi.com/football/college.

September 23, 2002 | Rick Reilly
So, kid, you want to be a New York Yankees batboy? Hang out with Derek Jeter? Ride in the parades? Great. But, first, maybe you'd better take a look at a batboy's typical day.

September 23, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
Motocross is a dirty business, but Ricky Carmichael was unswerving in his dash to a spotless season

September 23, 2002 | Lars Anderson
At age 47, and with Huck Finn in his heart, Slovenian Martin Strel became the first man to swim—yes, swim—the Mississippi

September 23, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
Eco BoostCelebrity entrants are but one of the twists that have rekindled the fire of the Eco-Challenge's Mark Burnett

September 23, 2002 | Charles Hirschberg
A Life Worth Living: The Adventures of a Passionate Sportsmanby Jack HemingwayThe Lyons Press, 224 pages, $24.95

September 23, 2002 | Yi-Wyn Yen
Speed Climber

September 23, 2002 | Mark Beech
In his first major expedition since an April ski disaster on Alaska's Mount St. Elias that left two dead (SI, April 29), ski-mountaineer John Griber is currently shredding at 21,000 feet, some...

September 23, 2002 | Franz Lidz
SI senior writer Franz Lidz filed this dispatch from Saskatchewan, where he's been covering Michel Fournier's attempt to break the world freefall record of 102,800 feet.

September 23, 2002 | Austin Murphy
Compassion was not my initial response to the news that a transgender mountain biker was creating a stir in Canada. My initial response was gratitude, as in, Thank you, God, for the easiest column...

September 23, 2002
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September 23, 2002 | Chris Ballard
After a summer chillin' with Sheryl Crow and boosting off killer waves, Rusty Sage is back in school, plotting ways to reinvent the kayak