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March 03, 2003 | Volume 98, Issue 9

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Kobe Bryant Cover - Sports Illustrated March 03, 2003

March 03, 2003
Rocket ScientistWhy are basketball fans excited about Yao Ming (Sky Rocket, Feb. 10)? Because he is a purist who plays the game as it was meant to be played. No showboating, no trash-talking, no...

March 03, 2003
LETTERS

March 03, 2003 | Kayleen Schaefer
DECEMBER 14, 1970

March 03, 2003 | Steve Rushin
With training camps in full swing, it's time for an ode to the joys, and boys, of spring

March 03, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
Why the federal government needs to come to terms with ephedra

March 03, 2003 | Kelley King
Because of a gossip-page blurb, Sandy Koufax stays clear of Dodgertown

March 03, 2003 | Kelley King
8Games that Tony Gwynn coached San Diego State's baseball team before being ejected.

March 03, 2003
RenamedA six-mile stretch of Route 28 in Loudon County, Va., Darrell Green Boulevard, in honor of the Redskins cornerback who wore number 28 for Washington for 20 seasons before his recent...

March 03, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Nicknamed

March 03, 2003 | Bill Scheft
O.K., I've read all the post-Swimsuit Issue letters, and you've made your point From now on, there will be less cleavage in this column. (Les Cleavage. Wasn't he a backup tight end on the 1972...

March 03, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Yankees boss George Steinbrenner has criticized star shortstop Derek Jeter for being too busy off the field. We compare how the two men spend their downtime.

March 03, 2003
FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 6

March 03, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
Martha's Target: CBS

March 03, 2003
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March 03, 2003
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March 03, 2003
Anybody can get injured on the playing field. Manchester United's David Beckham managed to get facially disfigured while listening to his team's manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, in the locker room....

March 03, 2003
A Bucharest court has ordered Romanian track star Gabriela Szabo to pay rival runner Violeta Beclea-Szekely $5,000 for calling her "ugly."

March 03, 2003
Pacers center, on the team's recent struggles: "It's not going to be peaches and gravy all the time."

March 03, 2003
Take away her hubcap, and she's not so tough. Three years after KO'ing her boyfriend with that very auto part (and a year after pummeling Paula Jones on Celebrity Boxing), former Olympic skater...

March 03, 2003
Trading Places

March 03, 2003
K.C. Albiston, SALT LAKE CITYSwimmingK.C., a freshman at Skyline High, led the Eagles to the state championship, placing first in the 500-yard and 200-yard freestyle. She holds the state records...

March 03, 2003
NEW ADDRESS: b. Shortstop Barry Larkin has played for the Reds since 1986. Seattle designated hitter Edgar Martinez, who debuted with the Mariners in '87, is next on the list.

March 03, 2003 | Chris Ballard
Pouring in points by the score and leading the Lakers back into contention, KOBE BRYANT is following a master plan he devised as a teen

March 03, 2003 | Richard Hoffer
Kobe Bryant wasn't the first teen to go pro, and LeBron James won't be the last. Let's stop wringing our hands and enjoy the next wave of prodigies

March 03, 2003
Rhino PlasterClifford Etienne, also known as the Black Rhino, had a little work done on his face by Mike Tyson during their heavyweight bout in Memphis last Saturday. Tyson knocked Etienne out...

March 03, 2003 | Grant Wahl
At 13, America's soccer prodigy has the world at his feet

March 03, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
This teenage shortstop does it all—and he'll soon be doing it in New York

March 03, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
This 17-year-old 7-footer may be the NBA's No. 2 draft pick

March 03, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
A top-secret computer formula, the RPI, is often the difference between a team's receiving an NCAA at-large berth or going to the NIT. Its critics think there are better yardsticks—and they may be...

March 03, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
As the cases of Alabama and Butler prove, it's not just how you play, it's whom you play

March 03, 2003 | Alexander Wolff
By factoring in the game's complexities, Jeff Sagarin says his formulas improve on the RPI

March 03, 2003 | Michael Bamberger
Why would Lou Piniella leave a winner in Seattle to manage the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the worst team in baseball? To be with his family

March 03, 2003
Last year the Devil Rays were the youngest team in baseball and lost 106 games. This year they're even greener. Good luck, Lou

March 03, 2003 | Michael Ray Taylor
HOW A CURMUDGEONLY CAVER DISCOVERED A SUBTERRANEAN WONDER, INFURIATED AN ENTIRE SPORT AND THEN RESCUED THE CAVERN FROM RUIN

March 03, 2003
The NHL

March 03, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
The Secret Is OutIn his second stint in Boston, emerging star right wing Glen Murray has drawn comparisons to an alltime great

March 03, 2003 | Pierre McGuire
After his team's road victory against the Canadiens on Feb. 18, Florida coach Mike Keenan invited his mentor, Scotty Bowman, to address the Panthers, the NHL's youngest club. Bowman told the...

March 03, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Shock ExchangeTwo dissatisfied teams made a surprising swap of All-Star guards

March 03, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
The Lakers are intrigued by Cavaliers power forward Tyrone Hill, and Cleveland is willing to release him by the Feb. 28 deadline—as long as Hill negotiates a buyout of his $6.6 million salary. The...

March 03, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
On the Mavericks' decision not to trade backup point guard Nick Van Exel for Heat power forward Brian Grant:

March 03, 2003 | Peter King
Last Chance In Seattle?Coach Mike Holmgren needs the '03 Seahawks to restore his reputation

March 03, 2003 | Peter King
Because an unusually high number of top players eschewed workouts at the scouting combine last week—many prefer to have scouts come to their campuses, where the players can control variables such...

March 03, 2003 | Rick Reilly
Basketball fans can be dumber than a box of anvils. "Where will we ever find another Michael Jordan?" they wail. If they'd only stop whining, they'd see someone right under their noses who could...