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December 16, 2002 | Volume 97, Issue 24

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Lance Armstrong Cover - Sports Illustrated December 16, 2002

December 16, 2002 | Kelley King
Record-setting Willis McGahee carried Miami past Virginia Tech and into the national title game

December 16, 2002 | Kelley King
Virginia Tech had allowed just 12 rushing touchdowns until last Saturday, when Willis McGahee hit paydirt a Miami-record six times.

December 16, 2002 | Kelley King
An NFL scout sizes up the pro prospects of the best senior on each team in the eight January bowls.

December 16, 2002 | L. Jon Wertheim
No one in the NBA competes harder than Ron Artest, who makes his feelings about hoops—and everything else—refreshingly clear

December 16, 2002
Big D-featKobe Bryant caps a comeback from 27 points down in the fourth quarter by hitting this jumper over Dirk Nowitzki last Friday in Los Angeles. The Lakers beat the Mavericks 105-103 due in...

December 16, 2002 | Frank Deford
In presenting the Olympics, Wide World, Howard Cosell and much more, this visionary revolutionized sports television

December 16, 2002
In the late summer of 1960, 29-year-old Roone Arledge, newly hired as an assistant producer at ABC Sports, wrote a memo to the division's president, Edgar Scherick, outlining his ideas for...

December 16, 2002 | Mary Roach
Never take off your head in public—and other important lessons I learned at mascot school

December 16, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
In the early 1900s editor Maxwell Perkins told anyone who would listen that Chicago sports columnist Ring Lardner was the most talented writer he knew, high praise given that Perkins's stable...

December 16, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
Out of printNew York Times best-sellerMade into a movieAuthors with other list-worthy books

December 16, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
Rare Air, by Michael Jordan with Walter Iooss Jr. (1993)One of the best-selling photo books of all time provides strikingly intimate glimpses of Air Jordan at home, at work and at play during the...

December 16, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
SI's Frank Deford, author of 14 books, offers his thoughts on the genre: Reading is so personal—much more so than movies or plays or even TV—that I'm always reluctant to name the "best" sports...

December 16, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
When the Patriots played the Bears on Nov. 10 in Champaign, Ill., New England coach Bill Belichick noticed that the field was named for Robert Zuppke, the Illini coach from 1913 to '41. That meant...

December 16, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
The Bronc Burnett series, by Wilfred McCormick (1948-67). Each of the 27 volumes follows the exploits of Burnett, a hard-throwing pitcher from Sonora, N.Mex.

December 16, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
Lakers coach Phil Jackson distributes almost as many books as Amazon.com. Among his best literary assists: dishing off a copy of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha to Shaquille O'Neal. "He liked it,"...

December 16, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
Clearing the Bases, by Allen Barra. Mays or Mantle? Williams or DiMaggio? Barra attempts to settle these and many other oft-asked baseball questions with reams of research and statistics.

December 16, 2002
The NBA

December 16, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
Scottie Pippen sees a grim season for the overpaid, disaffected Blazers

December 16, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
Players warned Brian Grant two years ago that he would break down under Pat Riley, but the 6'9" Heat center has found the opposite to be true. "He gets you in better shape, not only physically but...

December 16, 2002 | Peter King
Making His PitchThird-year quarterback Chad Pennington has directed the Jets into the thick of the AFC playoff chase

December 16, 2002 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH...Titans running back and 1995 Heisman winner Eddie George

December 16, 2002 | Paul Zimmerman
THESE ARE THE VOICES OF DECEMBER:

December 16, 2002 | Rick Reilly
We have no Warsaw, Krakow or Gdansk, yet nowhere are there more polls than in America.

December 16, 2002 | Rick Reilly
[Check Box] Yes[Check Box] No[Check Box] Already tossed magazine into trash and opened Maxim. Vote now!

December 16, 2002 | Rick Reilly
Is this column working?

December 16, 2002 | Rick Reilly
[Check Box] See if he can pull it out[Check Box] Kill it immediately[Check Box] Make it self-destruct like the tapes in those cool Mission: Impossible opening scenes. Vote now!

December 16, 2002
Hooping It UpI find it hard to believe you feel there are 27 college basketball teams better than the Maryland Terrapins (COLLEGE HOOPS PREVIEW, Nov. 25). In an era when a senior-led team from any...

December 16, 2002
LETTERS

December 16, 2002
Over the days he spent with 2002 Sportsman of the Year Lance Armstrong reporting the story for this issue, senior writer Rick Reilly frequently saw Armstrong's soft side. People who probably...

December 16, 2002 | Brian Cazeneuve
AUGUST 9, 1976

December 16, 2002 | Steve Rushin
Last week the Detroit Tigers reined in their left centerfield fence by 25 feet, and the Old Course at St. Andrews reduced the depth of its diabolical Road Hole bunker by two feet, and USA Today...

December 16, 2002
Heisman winner Eric Crouch was drafted by the Rams, then quit because he couldn't play quarterback. Here, in his own words, is how he feels about walking away

December 16, 2002 | George Dohrmann
Lamar Smith's DWI bust is bad news for the teammate he injured in '94

December 16, 2002
THEY LEFT THEIR JOBS IN SAN FRANCISCO

December 16, 2002 | George Dohrmann
20½Length, in inches, of Shawn Chance Bradley, who was born on Dec. 1 to 7'6" Mavericks center Shawn Bradley and his 5'4" wife, Annette.

December 16, 2002
RetiredAfter 14 seasons with four teams, Cardinals righthander Andy Benes. Drafted first overall by the Padres in 1988, Benes, 35, had a 155-139 record with a 3.97 ERA. Benes weighed retirement in...

December 16, 2002 | Mark Beech
Received

December 16, 2002
Who's winning the battle, Hootie Johnson or Martha Burk? SI's Hootometer tells all.

December 16, 2002 | Bill Scheft
Let's move this along. I have less than two weeks left to get an undeclared gift for Chris Webber's father.

December 16, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
Telemundo is airing 15 NBA games in the U.S. this season, and the world's most famous and most entertaining soccer announcer ("Goooooooal! Goal-goal-goal-goal!") is hosting the network's...

December 16, 2002
DECEMBER 13-19

December 16, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
Remembering Roone, Mason Dishin', Fox Goes Extreme

December 16, 2002
Did an NBA referee introduce Michael Jordan to Karla Knafel, the ex-lover he is suing for extortion? In a countersuit filed by Knafel she says she was working as a singer in an Indianapolis hotel...

December 16, 2002
Now this guy's a poser. While the Hurricanes' Heisman hopefuls, Ken Dorsey (300 passing yards, two TDs) and Willis McGahee (205 rushing yards, six TDs), made their cases at the Orange Bowl in...

December 16, 2002
A Buccaneers fan has purchased season tickets in four sections of Raymond James Stadium so that he can watch each quarter from a different angle.

December 16, 2002
SHAQUILLE O'NEALLakers center, on solving the team's on-court problems: "I just want eight guys out there with me who want to play."

December 16, 2002 | Richard Hoffer
A desultory 10-round TKO by Wladimir Klitschko did not boost his image as a heavyweight power

December 16, 2002 | Richard Hoffer
A rundown of the top contenders to dethrone heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

December 16, 2002 | Chris Ballard
Warriors center Adonal Foyle has more on his plate—politics, poetry, a master's degree—than just hoops

December 16, 2002 | Richard Deitsch
Colleges have lined up by the score to sign the country's best player, quarterback Chris Leak

December 16, 2002 | Frank Deford
Hard-charging IOC veteran Dick Pound has a new mission—to end drug use in the Games

December 16, 2002 | Frank Deford
DATE-PLACE OF BIRTH: March 22, 1942, St. Catharines, Ont.FAMILY: Wife: Julie Houghton Keith, a writer; three children, two stepchildrenEDUCATION: Commerce degree (1962) and law degree ('67) from...

December 16, 2002 | Frank Deford
Dick Pound is not afraid to be candid. Here are three of his remarks to SI about others involved in the Olympics:

December 16, 2002 | Michael Farber
Considered a flop his first four years, Olli Jokinen of the Panthers is finally playing like a No. 3 draft pick

December 16, 2002 | Josh Elliott
Edge NFL Match-Up, the thinking man's highlight show, is essential viewing for players and coaches

December 16, 2002 | Austin Murphy
Coach John Gagliardi of Minnesota's St. John's won his 400th game—and he shows no signs of slowing

December 16, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Baseball-Reference.com is the ultimate online statistical source for fans with a sense of history

December 16, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
In addition to Baseball-Reference.com, here are four other historical baseball sites.

December 16, 2002
Kara Lynn Joyce, ANN ARBOR, MICH.SwimmingKara Lynn, an Ann Arbor Pioneer High senior, set a national high school record of 48.59 in the 100-yard freestyle during the state Division I title meet....

December 16, 2002 | Rick Reilly
For his courage and commitment—not to mention his fourth straight Tour de France victory—SI salutes the ultimate road warrior

December 16, 2002
'50s

December 16, 2002 | Michael Silver
On a Sunday of pivotal division matchups, the Bucs made the biggest statement by battering the Falcons and looking ripe for a postseason run

December 16, 2002 | Josh Elliott
With their throw-first, run-later philosophy, the Raiders have emerged as the team to beat in the AFC

December 16, 2002 | Jeffri Chadiha
Multitalented quarterback Steve McNair has carried Tennessee to the top of the AFC South

December 16, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
With his aggressive, high-risk style, the Stars' Marty Turco is playing goalie like nobody else

December 16, 2002
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December 16, 2002
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December 16, 2002 | Alexander Wolff
Forget about football: Notre Dame toppled three Top 15 teams in the span of six days to prove it belongs in the upper echelon in hoops

December 16, 2002 | Alexander Wolff
Harassed by Maryland fans, former Terp Dan Miller got the last laugh by leading Notre Dame past his old team

December 16, 2002
The big news of 2002 boiled down to a few simple equations

December 16, 2002 | John Garrity
How a wildly successful golf development split the Las Vegas Paiutes into spiteful, bickering factions

December 16, 2002 | Seth Davis
Even at age 85, prolific inventor Tony Antonious never stops searching for his next bright idea

December 16, 2002 | Edited by Alan Shipnuck
An end-of-year accounting of 2002's champs and chumps

December 16, 2002 | Edited by Alan Shipnuck
It was messy at times, but 2002 was a very good year for golf. The majors were thrilling, and Annika Sorenstam staked her claim as the world's most dominant female athlete, while the year's two...

Tiger Woods blew a chance at victory at his own tournament because of a handsy hook, but most amateurs could learn from his miscue

December 16, 2002 | Sal Johnson
Padraig Harrington's victory at the Target World Challenge was his third in the last 10 weeks, but the Irishman's first in the U.S....

Most amateurs never learn to feel the clubhead during their swings. They use their bodies too much during the downswing, leading to an open face at impact, which produces a slice. This drill will...

December 16, 2002
Tom Wyman, the former chairman of CBS who last week became the first Augusta National member to resign in protest over its men-only policy, has been accused in some quarters of grandstanding, but...

December 16, 2002
The politically incorrect TV announcer discusses his return to the booth and his sympathy for Hootie

December 16, 2002
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December 16, 2002 | Jeff Silverman
Stop me if you've heard this one: A rabbi, a priest and a minister are on the 1st tee at Merion. Gazing down the fairway, the rabbi notices bunkers ahead and says, "If I don't understand the...

December 16, 2002 | John Garrity
If you make the number at the Tour's Q school, you have a chance to make a name. Here are some of the players who tried

December 16, 2002 | John Garrity
Broadaway's cross-handed swing turned heads—look at that lag in the fourth photo from the left!—but it couldn't get him to the big Tour.