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October 07, 2002 | Volume 97, Issue 14

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T.J. Ford Cover - Sports Illustrated October 07, 2002

October 07, 2002
Trump CardsThe Cardinals showed their winning hands after J.D. Drew's eighth-inning, three-run homer sealed a 6-1 victory over Arizona on Sept. 25 in Busch Stadium. The Diamondbacks will have a...

October 07, 2002 | Glenn Kaplan
APRIL 27, 1981

October 07, 2002
In the Eye of the BeholderMy 17-year-old son and I enjoyed Michael Silver's American Beauty (Sept. 16), especially the quote from James Parrish about "a sense of something greater than individual...

October 07, 2002
LETTERS

October 07, 2002 | Steve Rushin
To be sung to the tune of My Favorite Things, from The Sound of Music:

October 07, 2002 | Franz Lidz
Once upon a time there were things called extreme sports, in which boys and girls did cute little tricks on skateboards and rode bikes down hillsides. How quaint

October 07, 2002
SI's Paul Zimmerman remembers the great center in his element

October 07, 2002
ARM WRESTLING

October 07, 2002
42Home runs in his last 99 games for Indians first baseman Jim Thome, who finished with a club-record 52.

October 07, 2002 | Michael Farber
A moody NHL star comes back

October 07, 2002
OLD CENTURY BASEBALL

October 07, 2002
Died

October 07, 2002 | Bill Scheft
By applause, how many of you thought Lee Westwood is where John Wooden buys jeans?

October 07, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
With Election Day looming, we ran down the 48-year-old football Hall of Fame receiver and former U.S. congressman who is the Republican nominee in the race to succeed Oklahoma governor Frank Keating.

October 07, 2002
Olympic figure skating champion Scott Hamilton is often flawless on the ice, but his performance at Cleveland's Gund Arena on Sept. 21 may have been his best yet After skating in the Scott...

October 07, 2002
Eight is enough...for a serious backache. A Chinese acrobat held firm as some of her Tinkerbellian peers walked all over her last Thursday during a festival in Seoul. This act was part of a...

October 07, 2002
The English soccer club York City, in an effort to enhance the presence of its home crowd, is piping in canned cheering during matches.

October 07, 2002
P.J. STOCK

October 07, 2002
OCTOBER 4-10

October 07, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
A Randy Interview, Charles in Charge, Paetz Puff Piece

October 07, 2002
Nick Woodard, HOUSTONJump RopeNick, 14, won the grand national champion title in freestyle at the USA Jump Rope national tournament in Orlando. After finishing second in his age group, Nick jumped...

October 07, 2002
Shaquille Revealed

October 07, 2002
MOST VALUABLE PRESENCE: c. 46-34, .575

October 07, 2002 | Steve Rushin
With the mighty U.S. team saving its heavy hitters until it was too late, the Europeans came out swinging and landed a match-play haymaker to win the Ryder Cup

October 07, 2002 | Tom Verducci
Beware conventional wisdom. Here are 10 myths of these October playoffs, and our expert is happy to dispel them

October 07, 2002 | Michael Silver
With the Rams off to an 0-4 start and Kurt Warner sidelined with a broken finger, the Greatest Show on Turf might have finished its run

October 07, 2002 | Gary Smith
<b>While his little brother Tug won fame and fortune and two World Series, a former bonus baby chose a path without compromise or material rewards.</b>

October 07, 2002 | Phil Taylor
In SI's ranking of all 324 Division I athletic programs, Stanford and Texas battled for the top

October 07, 2002 | Phil Taylor
3. OKLAHOMA

October 07, 2002
The best of the rest, plus the skinny on all 124 also-rans

October 07, 2002
[UConn]

October 07, 2002
SI combined a variety of factors in arriving at its 2002 rankings of Division I schools, including performance during the 2001-02 school year in the big five sports (baseball, football, hockey and...

October 07, 2002
[UC Davis]

October 07, 2002
[Williams College]These are happy days in Williamstown, Mass., where the tiny school with the sterling academic reputation has been busy cultivating a Division III dynasty. Take last year. In...

October 07, 2002
America East: BOSTON UNIVERSITYAtlantic Coast: NORTH CAROLINAAtlantic Sun: CENTRAL FLORIDAAtlantic 10: UMASSBig East: NOTRE DAMEBig Sky: NORTHERN ARIZONABig South: LIBERTYBig Ten: MINNESOTABig 12:...

October 07, 2002
1. INDIANA U-PURDUE U AT INDIANAPOLISTen world and 88 U.S. records have been set in the IUPUI pool, which has hosted 16 NCAA championships and four U.S. Olympic swim trials.

October 07, 2002
1) Since 1915 freshmen at Georgia Tech have received beanies (left) on which to write their school's football scores for the next four years.

October 07, 2002
[Chief Caddo]In 1960 interstate rivals Stephen F. Austin of Texas and Northwestern State of Louisiana agreed that whichever school lost the next year's football matchup would fell a tree near its...

October 07, 2002
School ties: For more on America's best sports colleges, including perspectives from SI's Kelli Anderson and Gene Menez, go to cnnsi.com/si_online.

October 07, 2002
These 124 schools didn't make this year's SI 200—some just missed—but next year they can again give it the old college try

October 07, 2002
[Maryland/N.C]

October 07, 2002
[Notre Dame]It is called Bookstore Basketball because it began in 1972 on courts behind Notre Dame's bookstore. Now 800-plus student teams go at it every April, and it's all-weather,...

October 07, 2002
[St. John's (Minn.)]They do wacky tumbling stunts and goofy dances, throw sausages into the stands and sometimes don women's clothing. The handful of students known as the Rat Pack lead the cheers...

October 07, 2002
[Penn State]

October 07, 2002
[Ole Miss]On Football Saturdays as many as 25,000 Mississippi supporters gather for pregame food and drink in the Grove, 10 acres of lawn, shaded by stately oaks, in the heart of the university's...

October 07, 2002
The NFL

October 07, 2002 | Peter King
Catching HeatRandy Moss's lack of productivity on the field may be the least of the problems facing the Vikings' star wideout

October 07, 2002 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH...Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards

October 07, 2002 | Paul Zimmerman
The traps were neatly set, and Miami and New England, the two unbeatens of the AFC East, fell into them. They were looking ahead to their matchup this Sunday. They were both on the road and...

October 07, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
Continental DivideMichael Schumacher is filthy rich—and good—but the appeal of his sport is still largely foreign to Americans

October 07, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
Big Red AlertIowa State's dismantling of Nebraska exposed the precipitous decline in the Cornhuskers' level of talent

October 07, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
Georgia T Jon Stinchcomb Versus Alabama DE Kindal Moorehead

October 07, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
An NFL scout assesses the draft prospects of three seniors

October 07, 2002 | Rick Reilly
In a perfect Ryder Cup, a) Sergio García would drink decaf, b) the home team wouldn't make the rules and c) Curtis Strange would be given the wrong dates.