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December 23, 2002 | Volume 97, Issue 25

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Brett Favre Cover - Sports Illustrated December 23, 2002

December 23, 2002
Bowl-Bound BuckeyesOhio State unstoppable (Next Stop: Fiesta Bowl, Dec. 2)? Let them play Iowa and see how unstoppable they are. This Michigan fan hopes Ohio State gets run over by Miami. Either...

December 23, 2002
LETTERS

December 23, 2002 | Merrill Noden
SEPTEMBER 12, 1977

December 23, 2002 | Steve Rushin
When I was 16, my father, with Wite-Out, rolled forward the odometer on my birth certificate so that I could sell beer at Minnesota Twins games, where the official brand was Schmidt, whose...

December 23, 2002 | Michael Bamberger
The turf is injurious, the fans are obnoxious and the whole place reeks: We're sorry to say farewell to Veterans Stadium

December 23, 2002 | Michael Farber
Why so many hockey players are picking up high-tech sticks

December 23, 2002
TRAVELS OF A TWO-SPORT STAR

December 23, 2002 | Michael Farber
72Straight losses by the women's basketball team at Division II Minnesota-Morris, an NCAA record, before a 56-40 win over Crown College on Dec. 10.

December 23, 2002
ScopedThe left knee of Tiger Woods, who had fluid around his anterior cruciate ligament and benign cysts removed during a one-hour procedure in Park City, Utah. Woods had been bothered by...

December 23, 2002 | Austin Murphy
Determined

December 23, 2002
Who's winning the battle, Hootie Johnson or Martha Burk? SI's Hootometer tells all.

December 23, 2002 | Bill Scheft
I forgot to get the Sunday papers. Help me out here. How many Heisman votes did Carson Daly get?

December 23, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
The 6'5" host of CBS's Late Late Show played Division I basketball at Montana State from 1981 to '84. He groomed for his current gig by working as a sportscaster, including three years as an...

December 23, 2002
How's this for a lineup: Allen Iverson at the point, rapper Jay-Z on the wing. That's the strategy at Reebok, which has begun a marketing partnership with the rapper called the S. Carter...

December 23, 2002
He's been through the desert...and his horse has a name. Dubai's 53-year-old crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (7) rode Qais, his Arabian gelding, in last Saturday's 120-km...

December 23, 2002
Sylvester Stallone and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. are planning to make Rocky VI.

December 23, 2002
PAUL MAURICEHurricanes coach, on when goalie Kevin Weekes (left), who's out with postconcussion syndrome, would take an NHL-mandated neurological test to determine his return date: "I don't know...

December 23, 2002
DECEMBER 20-26

December 23, 2002 | Pete McEntegart
Heisman Hurrah, Glossing LeBron, A Soccer Story

December 23, 2002
Katie Ridd, FAIRFAX, VA.Field HockeyRidd, a Wake Forest junior goalkeeper, held opponents scoreless in the four rounds of the NCAA championships as the Demon Deacons won their first national title...

December 23, 2002
Reindeer Games

December 23, 2002
POINT SETTER: d. Knicks forward Bernard King lit up the Nets for a Christmas-record 60 points at Madison Square Garden in 1984, but ex-Knick Micheal Ray Richardson scored 36 to lead New Jersey to...

December 23, 2002 | Michael Silver
In a showdown of division leaders Green Bay proved that it was ready for the playoffs by stopping the 49ers

December 23, 2002 | Peter King
Unfazed by the loss of two quarterbacks, coach Andy Reid kept his Eagles on course and now has them closing in on the NFC's top seed

December 23, 2002 | Tim Layden
Headed by commanding Syracuse freshman Carmelo Anthony, a bumper crop of fearless first-year players is already making its mark

December 23, 2002 | Tim Layden
Since 1972-73, when freshmen first became eligible, here (in order of impact) are the five seasons in which they played their most prominent role.

December 23, 2002
Revisit the top stories and memorable moments of 2002 in our year-in-review package, plus check out sport-by-sport story lines for 2003 from SI's experts.

December 23, 2002
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December 23, 2002 | Michael Farber
Not even Penguins teammate Mario Lemieux can match Alexei Kovalev for on-ice wizardry

December 23, 2002 | L. Jon Wertheim
All is right again in Georgia, where the beloved Bulldogs have reclaimed their gridiron legacy

December 23, 2002
Water WingsCal goalie Russell Bernstein seems to rise miraculously high as he homes in on a shot by Stanford during the NCAA championship game in Los Angeles. Stanford won 7-6.

December 23, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Is 28-year-old Theo Epstein—the youngest G.M. in history—ready for one of baseball's most scrutinized jobs, running the Red Sox? He'd better be

December 23, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Boston's new G.M. has already been hard at work, swinging three trades in his first three weeks on the job and taking three players in Monday's Rule 5 draft of minor leaguers. But he has more...

December 23, 2002 | S.L. Price
When they were both 7-foot phenoms at LSU, Stanley Roberts schooled his buddy Shaquille O'Neal. Why, then, was Roberts such a bust in the NBA? And why does everybody still love him?

December 23, 2002
Baseball

December 23, 2002 | Tom Verducci
If Pete Rose hopes to be reinstated, he must admit he bet on his sport

December 23, 2002 | Tom Verducci
The Braves' efforts to repair a bullpen that has lost Mike Remlinger, Chris Hammond and Tim Spooneybarger could come to a halt (Atlanta acquired lefthander Ray King from the Brewers on Monday) if...

December 23, 2002 | Jeffri Chadiha
Strictly BusinessThe Colts' Marvin Harrison quietly added the league's single-season receiving record to an impressive résumé

December 23, 2002 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH ...Cowboys QB Chad Hutchinson, the former Cardinals pitcher

December 23, 2002 | Paul Zimmerman
The first time the Broncos and Raiders Met, in a Monday-nighter in November, the teams were headed in opposite directions. Things looked very bright for the hometown Broncos, who were cruising...

December 23, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
Van Hailin'The Nets made Keith Van Horn a goat, but the Sixers sing his praises

December 23, 2002 | Ian Thomsen
On the struggling Lakers, who were 10-15 at week's end:

December 23, 2002 | Rick Reilly
I love hunting. Man versus nature. My cunning against the animal's. That's why I take only the most basic gear, because I believe in the hunter's code of "fair chase."