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September 08, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 10

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Craig Krenzel Cover - Sports Illustrated September 08, 2003

September 08, 2003
Cowboy BillPeter King asks what it will take for Bill Parcells to win in Dallas (Summer School, Aug. 18). That's easy—Bill Belichick. Parcells has gone to three Super Bowls with Belichick running...

September 08, 2003
LETTERS•Please e-mail us at letters@si.timeinc.com or fax us at 212-467-4049. Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be edited for clarity and space.

September 08, 2003 | Steve Rushin
Check me out. I know I'm arm candy, a trophy husband, a pretty boy whose primary purpose is to look dynamite at court-side. And I've known it from the first week of my marriage to professional...

September 08, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
Sinking boats, 60,000 stray dogs and protesting hookers: With the Olympics less than a year away, Athens has a lot of work to do

September 08, 2003 | Jack McCallum
It's been a long, rough stretch for one of the NBA's greats

September 08, 2003 | Dale Webster
WHY CAL RIPKEN JR. MIGHT READ THIS AND WEEPWebster, 54, has surfed for 10,226 consecutive days (since Sept. 3, 1975), earning him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records and a segment in Step...

September 08, 2003 | Jack McCallum
$20,000Prize money earned at the U.S. Open by Justin Gimelstob, the only player to lose in the first round of singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

September 08, 2003
HospitalizedFor exhaustion after missing Sunday night's game against the Diamondbacks, the Giants' Barry Bonds. The 39-year-old slugger had returned to San Francisco's lineup last Saturday in...

September 08, 2003 | Lars Anderson
Resisted

September 08, 2003 | Bill Scheft
So, Mars is now the closest it's been to Earth in 60,000 years. Are you like me? Are you waiting for Bud Selig to announce that the Expos will play 22 games there next season?

September 08, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The 63-year-old Hall of Fame tight end, Super Bowl-winning Bears coach and restaurant owner is the national spokesperson for the NFL's new Tackling Men's Health campaign.

September 08, 2003
SEPT. 5-11

September 08, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
Gator's Tale, Martina's Next Move

September 08, 2003
No, that wasn't a comely new mechanic turning heads in the pit at the Southern 500 in Darlington, S.C., on Sunday. That was Jersey girl Michelle Rodriguez (left), the star of S.W.A.T. and The Fast...

September 08, 2003
A cable network is installing talking ads for its college football programming in the urinals at 500 bars.

September 08, 2003
There was something in the hair in Saint-Denis, France, as Allyson Felix. 17, flipped her 'do before the quarterfinals of the 200 meters at the world championships. After finishing sixth,...

September 08, 2003
PAUL AZINGERPGA golfer, on fellow pro Phil Mickelson (left), who failed in his tryout as a pitcher with the Triple A Toledo Mud Hens: "The last time I batted was in Little League, and that's the...

September 08, 2003 | David Sabino
Closing Time

September 08, 2003
Paige Railey, CLEARWATER, FLA.SailingPaige, a junior at Clearwater High, won the girls' single-handed event at the 33rd International Sailing Federation Youth Sailing world championship held near...

September 08, 2003 | David Sabino
SAVING GRACE: d. John Wetteland of the Yankee set the major league record of 24 consecutive appearances with a save, from May 31 to 14, 1986.

September 08, 2003
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September 08, 2003 | Mark Bechtel
The storied track at DARLINGTON bid farewell to its Labor Day 500—and a beloved tradition

September 08, 2003 | Mark Bechtel
For more about sports in South Carolina and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

September 08, 2003 | Lou Holtz
The once-retired coach explains why he returned to the state and the Gamecocks

September 08, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
South Carolinians weigh in on sports*

September 08, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
To view archival stories and photos from the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry, revisit famous FACES IN THE CROWD or submit your favorite Palmetto State sports memory, go to...

September 08, 2003 | Tim Layden
After a tumultuous off-season, college football finally kicked off—and no team was happier to hit the field than the besieged Buckeyes of Ohio State

September 08, 2003 | Tim Layden
For more college football coverage,' including Tim Layden's Insider and a photo gallery from the week, go to si.com/football/ncaa.

September 08, 2003 | Kelley King
USC's Matt Leinart looks prepared to pick up where Heisman winner Carson Palmer left off

September 08, 2003 | Phil Taylor
GATOR FACTORMiami junior quarterback Brock Berlin's girlfriend, reigning Miss Louisiana Brittney Rogers, won $50,000 on Fear Factor after she ate fermented squid guts, dived into a tub filled with...

September 08, 2003 | Phil Taylor
In fashion-forward neon yellow uniforms, Oregon came on like lightning

September 08, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers will do whatever it takes to restore his reputation

September 08, 2003 | Jack McCallum
Under Larry Brown, the U.S. reasserted its dominance of hoops in the hemisphere, qualifying for the Olympics and erasing humiliations past

September 08, 2003 | Charles P. Pierce
The epic proportions of the Boston-New York rivalry—the game's best—were undiminished by yet another Yankees triumph in the first of two crucial series

September 08, 2003 | Charles P. Pierce
Revisit past Red Sox glory and Yankees dominance in the Curse of the Bambino Timeline at si.com/baseball.

September 08, 2003 | Tom Verducci
The A's and the Cubs are SI's picks to win the wild cards

September 08, 2003
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September 08, 2003
For complete coverage of the U.S. Open, including scores and daily dispatches from courtside by L. Jon Wertheim and Richard Deitsch, go to si.com/tennis.

September 08, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
Mental illness still carries a powerful stigma in pro sports, but there are signs that teams are finally facing the problem and trying to help troubled athletes

September 08, 2003
Track

September 08, 2003
Tigers PauseThe Clemson football team makes its traditional run down the Hill before its opener, at home against Georgia last Saturday (page 48). During the game, however, the Tigers took a...

September 08, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
Last-minute U.S. golds brightened a controversial week at the worlds

September 08, 2003 | Albert Chen
Free-agent-to-be Vladimir Guerrero has kept Montreal in the playoff race

September 08, 2003 | Albert Chen
With Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis reeling lately (the lefthander allowed 17 runs and 26 hits in his last 18 innings through Sunday), Mets shortstop Jose Reyes suddenly became a leading...

September 08, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
The U.S. Open's home-team advantage is star-spangled marketing gone awry

September 08, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
Lacking Andy Roddick's game, James Blake's looks and Robby Ginepri's celebrity girlfriend (Minnie Driver), Mardy Fish is the George Harrison of the Fab Four up-and-coming Americans. He's so...

September 08, 2003 | Peter King
Nine-Month MiracleBack from a career-threatening hit by Warren Sapp, tackle Chad Clifton is blasting holes for the Pack again

September 08, 2003 | Peter King
Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback, every week on si.com/football.

September 08, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Don't believe the hype. These are not crucial games, not at this stage of the year. But it could be a week in which some off-season questions are answered.

September 08, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Dr. Z's Inside Football, every week during the season at si.com/football.

September 08, 2003 | Rick Reilly
Mike Ditka mangled it. Bea Arthur smoked it. Mel Gibson risked his life trying to do it. *NSync asked to do it. Oprah refuses to do it. On a 90° day Joe Frazier froze in the middle of it.