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November 04, 2002 | Volume 87, Issue 18

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John Lackey Cover - Sports Illustrated November 04, 2002

November 04, 2002
Lots of PuckIs there a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED math whiz who can explain to me how, according to your rankings (NHL 2002-03 PREVIEW, Oct. 14), the Detroit Red Wings are rated higher than the San Jose...

November 04, 2002
LETTERS

November 04, 2002 | John O'Keefe
MARCH 19, 1956

November 04, 2002 | Steve Rushin
Last spring the hip-hop superstar Jay-Z—in the video for his single Girls Girls Girls—wore an exact replica of the maroon, long-sleeved number 33 jersey that Sammy Baugh sported for the Washington...

November 04, 2002 | Phil Taylor
They display different leadership styles, but Tyrone Willingham and Dusty Baker have two things in common: 1) great success and 2)...uh...mmm...wait a minute...

November 04, 2002 | Jake Alexander
Though she's almost sightless, Maria Runyan is a U.S. favorite in Sunday's New York Marathon

November 04, 2002
ON-LINE COACH BASHING

November 04, 2002 | Jake Alexander
2,109.55Distance in miles for the 2003 Tour de France, the seventh shortest course in the race's 99-year history.

November 04, 2002
RevealedThat Raptors center Hakeem Olajuwon, a 12-time NBA All-Star, will announce his retirement before the Rockets-Golden State game in Houston on Nov. 9, effective immediately. The...

November 04, 2002 | Mark Beech
Returned

November 04, 2002
DiedWhen his plane crashed near Eveleth, Minn., Senator Paul Wellstone (D., Minn.). Wellstone, 58, wrestled for two years at North Carolina, going 21-0-1 and winning the 1964 ACC title. He also...

November 04, 2002
On Saturday the USOC will name New York or San Francisco as a potential 2012 host. Two locals say, Let the Games begin—elsewhere

November 04, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
Recently enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame and the executive producer of the current film Brown Sugar, the immortal Laker now prepares to join Charles Barkley & Co. on Thursday nights...

November 04, 2002
SPORTS BEAT

November 04, 2002
No, Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi isn't spouting off at the ref—his Old Faithful imitation came after the skate-around that preceded last Saturday's clash with the Stars in Vancouver. But Bertuzzi...

November 04, 2002
Last Wednesday, ABC's The Bachelor drew a higher Nielsen rating among adults 18-49 than Game 4 of the World Series.

November 04, 2002
JEFF KENTGiants second baseman, declining a pregame interview request by a reporter from Rogers Sportsnet, a Canadian sports network: "I talked to Canada yesterday."

November 04, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
Soccer star turned wideout Carl Morris is rewriting the Crimson record book and catching scouts' eyes

November 04, 2002 | Melissa Segura
As he prepares to battle Marco Barrera this week, the troubled Johnny Tapia is cornering his demons

November 04, 2002 | Michael Farber
Scouts say that Alexander Ovechkin, who won't be eligible for the NHL draft until 2004, is a star-to-be

November 04, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
This winter's crop of free agents will feel the cold, hard reality of the new collective bargaining agreement

November 04, 2002 | Lars Anderson
Virginia's Alecko Eskandarian, an elite collegiate goal scorer, is looking toward a bigger stage

November 04, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
In the most lifelike games ever, one version even has players perspiring on the court

November 04, 2002 | Mike Shropshire
Prince Albert's dream is to make Monaco a mini center for world sports—including pro football

November 04, 2002 | L. Jon Wertheim
The dirty little secret of the WNBA is that many of its players must head overseas to make top dollar

November 04, 2002 | Brian Cazeneuve
With her father in prison for murder, rising star Toccara Montgomery found refuge on the mat

November 04, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
•A Galloping Success•Ming Fever•Buck's True Wit

November 04, 2002
NOVEMBER 1-7

November 04, 2002
Lewis Howes, DELAWARE, OHIOFootballHowes, a sophomore at Principia College in Elsah, Ill., set an NCAA record for receiving yards during a 42-35 loss to Martin Luther College. He gained 418 yards...

November 04, 2002
Veterans Days

November 04, 2002
CENTRAL TIME: d. With 32,595 minutes played, David Robinson is the NBA's most experienced starting center. Horace Grant, a power forward for most of his career but now starting as an undersized...

November 04, 2002
Hoop it up with complete NBA scores, stats and news, plus analysis from Jack McCallum and Marty Burns, at cnnsi.com/basketball.

November 04, 2002
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November 04, 2002 | Tom Verducci
Thanks to a historic Game 6 rally, the never-say-die Angels stunned the Giants in seven to win the first World Series championship in their 42-year history

November 04, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Series MVP Troy Glaus gave the Angels the best gift of all

November 04, 2002
Stretch MarksVolponi, Jose Santos up (second from right, blue and pink silks) charges to the lead on the final turn of the Breeders' Cup Classic last Saturday, passing War Emblem (3) and Medaglia...

November 04, 2002 | S.L. Price
Stiff-arming his opponents and critics, EMMITT SMITH became the leading rusher in NFL history

November 04, 2002 | Phil Taylor
No position is more physically taxing than running back, where the best are often finished not long after they get started

November 04, 2002 | Paul Zimmerman
Dr. Z's list of the alltime greatest running backs

November 04, 2002 | Austin Murphy
A Whopping eight teams enter November without a loss—but with college football at the mercy of the mysterious BCS computer, sometimes winning isn't enough

November 04, 2002
A quick primer on the most notorious numerology in sports

November 04, 2002
Walk into any sports bar in America, and you'll find your typical, everyday sports fans ready to argue about the most overrated—and underrated—people, places and things in sports. These will get...

November 04, 2002 | Austin Murphy
OVERRATEDZenIT'S FUN TO hear the Lakers' coach filibuster about how he fits reading material for his players to their personalities, or to read one of Jackson's books about Zen and the art of...

November 04, 2002 | Austin Murphy
OVERRATED"40" time

November 04, 2002 | Josh Elliott
OVERRATEDHockeyOver the 1988-89 and '89-90 seasons, the great Mario Lemieux averaged a whopping 96 assists for the Pittsburgh Penguins. During that same stretch his not-so-great teammate,...

November 04, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
OVERRATEDRichard PettyRichard Petty's good looks, aw-shucks manner and an unprecedented 200 wins got him coronated, but under the King's down-home facade was a tireless promoter. He spent hours...

November 04, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
OVERRATEDMarch MadnessThe rite of spring known as March Madness occasions as much teeth-gnashing as did Stravinsky's—and for what? Outside of Vegas, where March Madness is, true to its name, a...

November 04, 2002 | Jeff MacGregor
OVERRATEDAbsMEN'S EXERCISE. Men's Journal. Men's Health. Men's Fitness. Men's Health and Fitness. Men's Health, Fitness & Exercise. On the newsstand, rippling naked abs are exclaimed...

November 04, 2002 | John Garrity
OVERRATEDHeadThe virtues of an immobile head may still be touted by diamond cutters and mohels, but nowadays you don't find many headlocked golf professionals. David Duval's noggin rums freely...

November 04, 2002 | Jock McCallum
OVERRATEDBill MazeroskiThe historic walk-off home run that gave his Pittsburgh Pirates the 1960 World Series over the New York Yankees is not enough for history to proclaim Bill Mazeroski, as it...

November 04, 2002 | E.M. Swift
OVERRATEDGymnastics

November 04, 2002 | Richard Hoffer
UNDERRATEDAnnouncer

November 04, 2002 | Michael Silver
OVERRATEDDan SnyderSure, Washington Redskins imperious owner Dan Snyder can be a pain in the butt, and yes, it was fun to watch his binge-spending effort to buy a Super Bowl ring implode. But at...

November 04, 2002 | Kelley King
OVERRATEDCheerleadingNo Pseudosport has more zealous defenders. Parents talk about how acrobatic their daughters must be to perform their back-tuck basket tosses, how much strength is required to...

November 04, 2002 | Steve Rushin
OVERRATEDBeing UnderratedLast spring, every media outlet in North America—from the Hamilton Spectator to Fort Lauderdale's Sun-Sentinel—called Carolina Hurricanes captain Ron Francis the most...

November 04, 2002 | Michael Farber
OVERRATEDVince LombardiVince Lombardi could beat you with the sweep, the bomb, the epigram. Winning isn't everything; it's the only tiling. His record with the Green Bay Packers (and an orphan...

November 04, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
OVERRATEDDraft

November 04, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
OVERRATEDMiniature GolfIf Golf is a good walk spoiled, then miniature golf is a short walk wasted. The game is achingly unchallenging—even the most unsteady of putters is unlikely to shoot...

November 04, 2002 | Rick Lipsey
OVERRATEDEverestMount Everest is more crowded than the Long Island Expressway (a record 54 people reached the peak in a single day last May), more overexposed than Martha Stewart and only slightly...

November 04, 2002 | Jeffri Chadiha
OVERRATEDACLRemember when a torn ACL ranked among the most dreaded diagnoses for a pro athlete? The NFL is now filled with stars who have thrived after blowing out their knees: Rod Woodson, Jerry...

November 04, 2002 | Michael Bamberger
OVERRATEDBen Hogan

November 04, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
OVERRATEDMint JulepThere is an old saying about the Kentucky Derby's traditional tipple, the Mint Julep: "The first one doesn't taste very good. The second one's not much better. By the third, who...

November 04, 2002 | Paul Zimmerman
UNDERRATEDBilly Johnson

November 04, 2002 | L. Jon Wertheim
OVERRATEDLenny WilkensAs an NBA player, Lenny Wilkens never got his due—he was in Cousy's class as a passer and averaged 16.5 points for his career. As an NBA coach, however, he is a considerably...

November 04, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
OVERRATEDMichigan Stadium

November 04, 2002 | Seth Davis
OVERRATEDGrad Rates

November 04, 2002 | Tim Layden
OVERRATEDNoiseMemo to you Cameron Crazies, you Dog Pounders, you Bleacher Bums: They don't hear you. Players are unaffected by your booing, jeering and stomping. Loud noise is nothing more than a...

November 04, 2002 | Chris Ballard
OVERRATEDDennis Rodman

November 04, 2002 | Jeff Pearlman
OVERRATEDSpud Webb

November 04, 2002 | Gary Van Sickle
OVERRATEDOld Course at St. Andrews

November 04, 2002 | Frank Deford
OVERRATEDJack Dempsey

November 04, 2002 | Lars Anderson
OVERRATEDWest 4th StreetWant to see some spectacularly sloppy basketball? Travel to the corner of West Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, site of the famed asphalt outdoor court known as...

November 04, 2002 | Phil Taylor
OVERRATEDJoe NamathFew Athletes have gotten more mileage out of one game than Joe Willie Namath. He earned a place in NFL history by backing up his guarantee that the New York Jets would beat the...

November 04, 2002 | Luis Fernando Llosa
OVERRATEDRotisserie LeagueEvery sports fanatic is an armchair coach. That's why managing an office fantasy league team can be so intoxicating. You review rosters, negotiate trades, bench bums. Ah,...

November 04, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
OVERRATEDJohn MaddenOnce upon A time, back when J.R. Ewing was a tough-talking Texan and a thirsty populace found itself embroiled in Miller Lite's Tastes great/Less filling debate, John Madden...

November 04, 2002
College Football

November 04, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
Hawkeye VisionsAfter marching into the Big House and whupping Michigan, Iowa is in the thick of the Rose Bowl race

November 04, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
Colorado TB Chris BrownversusOklahoma MLB Lance Mitchell

November 04, 2002 | Ivan Maisel
Tennessee offensive coordinator Randy Sanders drew up a game plan against Alabama that focused on getting the ball to wide receiver Kelley Washington—only to learn after last Thursday's practice...

November 04, 2002 | Peter King
Grin and Bear IfThe plays that Terrell Owens makes on the field more than offset the headaches he gives the 49ers off it

November 04, 2002 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH...Bills middle linebacker London Fletcher

November 04, 2002 | Paul Zimmerman
This is what recent history tells us: Forget September and October. The Super Bowl champion is the team that gets hot in November, stays that way in December and goes into the playoffs on a roll....

November 04, 2002 | Michael Farber
In trying to live up to his hero's status in Montreal, league MVP José Théodore is off to a poor start

November 04, 2002 | Pierre McGuire
Besides developing into a top scorer, the Flames' Jarome Iginla has taken a leadership role. Last week Calgary's undersized center, Marc Savard, was run over by the Stars' 6'2", 210-pound forward,...

November 04, 2002 | Tim Layden
The Breeders' Cup showcased a pair of juveniles with Derby promise

November 04, 2002 | Rick Reilly
Don't you feel a little sorry for Barry Bonds?