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September 29, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 13

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Jason Fife Cover - Sports Illustrated September 29, 2003

September 29, 2003 | Rick Reilly
Your team Sucks.

September 29, 2003
Roy Blount Jr. is a Vanderbilt grad, but he's not too shaken up by the school's recent decision to dissolve its athletic department and rethink its approach to sports. "Going to Vandy did a lot of...

September 29, 2003
Trojan HoarseI was disappointed that the cover of your Sept. 8 issue once again gave all the glory to Ohio State (Let's Play, Sept. 8). The most impressive performance at the beginning of this...

September 29, 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 29, 2003 | Steve Rushin
I cannot look at a story on Phil Mickelson's failure to win a major golf tournament without wanting to pluck out my eyes, plunge them repeatedly into a tee box ball washer and screw them,...

September 29, 2003
SI's Frank Deford offers a modest sitcom proposal

September 29, 2003
Davis Cup maven Bud Collins on the U.S.'s near slip and hopes for glory

September 29, 2003
WHY LENNOX LEWIS MAY ONE DAY LOOK UP TO HIMAt 6'9", 280 pounds with an 86½-inch reach, Fields, 28, is believed to be the biggest boxer to hold a title belt. He physically overwhelms his opponents,...

September 29, 2003
645Passing yards, an NCAA Division II record, by University of Indianapolis quarterback Matt Kohn, in a 59-52 victory over Michigan Tech.

September 29, 2003
ApologizedFor baring his buttocks to a crowd that included the royal family of Monaco, German pole vaulter Tim Lobinger. After Lobinger's winning 19'4" vault in the World Athletics Final, he...

September 29, 2003 | John Walters
Returned

September 29, 2003
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September 29, 2003
Talkin' football: Peter King and Don Banks go head-to-head on the NFL's hottest topic every Wednesday. Read their takes and offer your own at si.com/football.

September 29, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Help me out here. In NFL Europe is it true you're only allowed to drive on the left hash mark?

September 29, 2003 | Richard Deitech
The comedian hosts his fourth celebrity charity hockey game at Boston's FleetCenter on Sept. 28. Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier and current Bruins captain Joe Thornton are among the many stars...

September 29, 2003
Sportscasters aren't exactly camera shy, a fact that FHM is happily exploiting by turning on-air analysts into pinups. Last year the laddie mag landed CBS's Jill Arrington for a provocative photo...

September 29, 2003
The Florida-based Athlete Recruiting Service has invited O.J. Simpson to coach in its all-star game for college prospects.

September 29, 2003
OZZIE GUILLENMarlins third base coach, on the inexplicable (to him) popularity of baseball's richest team: "You go to the moon, and you'll find someone who's a Yankee fan."

September 29, 2003
Remember when a few fake plants was all a steeplechaser had to contend with? Last week at the 106-year-old Royal Barcelona Polo Club a rider had an inline skater on his tail in an exhibition of an...

September 29, 2003
SEPT. 26 - OCT. 2

September 29, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
Beyond U.S. Women, Spike in the Ratings

September 29, 2003
Henry Watson, PITTSBURGHWatson, a sophomore golfer at Villanova, had two holes in one on the front nine of the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh. He used a five-iron on the par-3 207-yard 3rd...

September 29, 2003 | David Sabino
Common Market

September 29, 2003
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

September 29, 2003 | David Sabino
EURO PASS: b. the Falcons' Doug Johnson has not played in Europe. The Browns' Holcomb played for Barcelona In 1996, the Bengals' Kitna for Barcelona in '97 and the Rams' Warner for Amsterdam in '98.

September 29, 2003
Bus StopSteelers running back Jerome Bettis is hauled to the turf by Bengals defensive end Duane demons (92) and linebacker Adrian Ross during Pittsburgh's 17-10 win in Cincinnati on Sunday. The...

September 29, 2003 | Jack McCallum
That's HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL night in Texas, where the sport is as big as the state itself

September 29, 2003 | Jack McCallum
For more about sports in Texas and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

September 29, 2003 | Don Yaeger
The President discusses Aggies and Horns, his Rangers days and his sports idol

September 29, 2003 | Compiled by Gene Menez
Texans weigh in on sports*

September 29, 2003 | Compiled by Gene Menez
To see a gallery of every Cowboys cover, read Texas sports trivia and an archival story about Nolan Ryan or vote for your favorite Dallas Cowboy, go to si.com/magazine/features/si50/states/texas

September 29, 2003 | Austin Murphy
Wild uniforms, space-age lockers and a stunning win over Michigan: Already the coolest team in college football, Oregon has proved it belongs among the elite

September 29, 2003 | Austin Murphy
More college football coverage, including Tim Layden's Insider and a photo gallery from the week, at si.com/football/ncaa.

September 29, 2003 | Phil Taylor
What's next for the midsized conference that continues to show up the BCS big boys?

September 29, 2003 | Tom Verducci
This is the season Alex Rodriguez finally wins his first MVP, Barry Bonds collects a record sixth and a 72-year-old is the National League Manager of the Year

September 29, 2003 | Tom Verducci
1. Alex Rodriguez, SS, Rangers2. Jorge Posada, C, Yankees3. Carlos Beltran, CF, Royals4. Carlos Delgado, 1B, Blue Jays5. Bret Boone, 2B, Mariners6. Nomar Garciaparra, SS, Red Sox7. Miguel Tejada,...

September 29, 2003 | Tom Verducci
1. Barry Bonds, LF, Giants2. Albert Pujols, LF, Cardinals3. Gary Sheffield, RF, Braves4. Jim Thome, 1B, Phillies5. Javy Lopez, C, Braves6. Mike Lowell, 3B, Marlins7. Jeff Bagwell, 1B, Astros8....

September 29, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Barry Bonds, who affects a game like no other player, will add to his trophy collection

September 29, 2003 | Tom Verducci
Tom Verducci's Insider column, every Tuesday at si.com/baseball.

September 29, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
SI also pays tribute to the Most Ridiculous Performances of the baseball season

September 29, 2003 | Grant Wahl
Her players shaken by the collapse of their pro league, April Heinrichs guided the U.S. to an opening win by drawing on her own difficult past

September 29, 2003 | Michael Silver
The Chiefs' Priest Holmes, the NFL's best running back oh the league's hottest team, is finally earning the respect (and cash) he deserves

September 29, 2003 | Michael Silver
Michael Silver's Open Mike, every Thursday at si.com.

September 29, 2003 | Roy Blount Jr.
Bombs and bases on balls: state-of-the-art baseball offense today.¶ Barry Bonds. If the ball is not where he wants it (as every pitcher prays), he sneers. If it is where he wants it—Lord have...

September 29, 2003
College Football

September 29, 2003 | Kelly King
Claws and EffectLSU resourceful, big-play defense mauled Georgia and put the Tigers squarely in the national-title hunt

September 29, 2003 | Kelly King
Pittsburgh WR Larry Fitzgerald versus A&M FS Jaxson Appel

September 29, 2003 | Phil Taylor
CLAUSEN'S ENCORE

September 29, 2003 | Peter King
Bulletproof' BackerAll-Pro linebacker Joey Porter gave the Steelers a big lift just three weeks after suffering a gunshot wound

September 29, 2003 | Peter King
Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback, every week on si.com/football.

September 29, 2003 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH...Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter

September 29, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Are the chiefs the best Team in football? Maybe, but before we get starry-eyed about their 3-0 start, let's see if they can beat a good Team on The road. They get their chance on Sunday.

September 29, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Dr. Z's Inside Football, every week during the season at si.com/football.

September 29, 2003 | Albert Chen
Leading ManWith Shannon Stewart at the top of the order, the Twins kicked into gear

September 29, 2003 | Albert Chen
MANAGERS IN DANGER