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October 13, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 15

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Kerry Wood Cover - Sports Illustrated October 13, 2003

October 13, 2003 | Kelley King
Auburn UnburdenedNow that they're safely out of the national title race, the Tigers are playing the way people expected them to

October 13, 2003 | Kelley King
Taxas Tech QB B.J. SymounsVersusIowa State SS JaMaine Billups

October 13, 2003 | Phil Taylor
MACK MUST CHOOSE

October 13, 2003 | Peter King
Special DeliveryWith each scintillating, game-turning kick return, the Chiefs' Dante Hall is making a case for MVP honors

October 13, 2003 | Peter King
Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback, every week at si.com/football.

October 13, 2003 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH....Up-and-coming Bengals wideout Chad Johnson

October 13, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
It wasn't supposed to happen this quickly. Everywhere Bill Parcells has been, a pattern was established: He takes stock the first year, finds out why the team he's been hired to rescue has been a...

October 13, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Dr. Z's Inside Football, every week during the season at si.com/football.

October 13, 2003 | Grant Wahl
The U.S.'s Greatest Generation, no longer feared, exited the World Cup

October 13, 2003 | Grant Wahl
It may be ABC's worst nightmare, but a World Cup final without the U.S. will still make for compelling soccer. When Germany meets Sweden on Sunday in Carson, Calif., it will be a rematch of the...

October 13, 2003 | Rick Reilly
Trials could begin soon for two Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant faces rape charges in an Eagle, Colo., court. And Shaquille O'Neal faces the trial of his basketball career on NBA courts.

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
JANUARY 9, 1978

October 13, 2003
The Mia GenerationAs an avid reader of your magazine, I have enjoyed countless swimsuit issues. After reading Gary Smith's The Secret Life of Mia Hamm (Sept. 22), I believe Mia's persistence, work...

October 13, 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.

October 13, 2003 | Steve Rushin
Doris McCollow, an otherwise saintly Minneapolis home-maker, robbed my Celtics of the 1985 NBA title, the Lakers rallying whenever she'd descend to the basement, tray in hand, to surprise her son...

October 13, 2003 | Franz Lidz
Penn State is losing (again) and there's groaning in Happy Valley. Will Joe Paterno go on forever?

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Canella
Dan Snyder's tragic death casts a long shadow over the Thrashers' season

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Canella
17NCAA championships won by Stanford men's tennis coach Dick Gould, who announced last week that he will retire after this season, his 38th with the Cardinal.

October 13, 2003
After saying that Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated by the media because of his color, Rush Limbaugh quickly faded to black

October 13, 2003
CompletedThe Toronto Waterfront Marathon in a time of 2:59:10, 72-year-old Ed Whitlock, who became the oldest person to break the three-hour mark in a marathon. "It's a kind of cheap version of...

October 13, 2003 | John O'Keefe
SmashedBy Samsung Lions first baseman Seung-Yeop Lee, 27, the Asian single-season home run record of 55. Lee tied the record—which was set by legendary Japanese slugger Sadaharu Oh in 1964 and...

October 13, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The former mayor of New York City is an avid and conspicuous Yankees fan.

October 13, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Before we begin, just wondering: Is Byung-Hyun Kim eligible for the national Do Not Call list?

October 13, 2003
To the list of Cosmo girls—Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, et al.—now add the name of Adair Howell. The middle hitter on the Centre College (Ky.) volleyball team beat out over 5,000...

October 13, 2003
A 46-year-old Alabama man was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly fired a gun at his son while stewing over the Tide's loss to Arkansas.

October 13, 2003
SARAH FISHERThe IRL's only female racer, on her biggest driving problem: "I'm 22, and you have to be 25 to rent a car."

October 13, 2003
In this corner—trust us, there's a corner back there somewhere—is Russia's Dzhambulat Khotokhov, better known as the world's largest four-year-old. After reading a story about the 3'11"...

October 13, 2003 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

October 13, 2003 | Richard Deitch
ONE OUTAre TV viewers ready for an openly gay sports broadcaster? Yes, says the Boston Herald's Ed Gray, who last week became the nation's most prominent self-outed sportswriter when he published...

October 13, 2003
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October 13, 2003
The puck drops here: complete NHL scores, stats and news—plus preseason awards picks and weekly power rankings from SI experts—at si.com/hockey.

October 13, 2003
Nikkie Hessney, VICTOR, N.Y.SoccerHessney, a junior forward at Vermont, scored a hat trick in two minutes and 22 seconds, breaking an NCAA Division I record, in a 4-0 win over Stetson. She was the...

October 13, 2003 | David Sabino
Nothing but Vet

October 13, 2003
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to si.com/faces.

October 13, 2003 | David Sabino
SITE UNSEEN: b. The site was previously used as a drive-in movie theater, which was built on a landfill.

October 13, 2003 | Franz Lidz
Yes, Virginia, STEEPLECHASE RACING is alive-and fun—as old money meets new at the Gold Cup

October 13, 2003 | Franz Lidz
For more about sports in Virginia and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

October 13, 2003 | Bruce Smith
The defensive end returned to his roots in search of the alltime sacks record

October 13, 2003 | Compiled by Richard Deitsch
Virginians weigh in on sports*

October 13, 2003 | Compiled by Richard Deitsch
On a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state's enthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'?72.5Rank: 11th of first 13 states polled

October 13, 2003 | Compiled by Richard Deitsch
To see photographs and archival stories about Arthur Ashe and Ralph Sampson, view a gallery of every Virginia cover or vote for the Old Dominion State's greatest basketball player, go to...

October 13, 2003
CUBS vs. MARLINSFormidable young staffs go head-to-head in the NLCS, with Mark Prior and Kerry Wood leading the Cubs against the upstart Marlins

October 13, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
Kerry Wood and Mark Prior stymied Atlanta, while Marlin mania struck in Miami

October 13, 2003 | Tom Verducci
While the Red Sox had to fight for their lives, the Yankees won by the numbers

October 13, 2003 | Tim Layden
Led by in-state kids with something to prove, Northern Illinois has crashed the rankings and become the underdog favorite of 2003

October 13, 2003 | Tim Layden
With a slate of big games that could scramble the Top 25 as well as some conference standings, these players will have a lot to say about the outcomes.

October 13, 2003 | Tim Layden
More college football coverage, including Tim Layden's Insider and a photo gallery from the week, at si.com/football/ncaa.

October 13, 2003 | Josh Elliott
Minnesota is 5-0 thanks to a defense led by a brawny, brainy lunatic named Chris Hovan

October 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
Why is the province of Quebec cranking out all the best netminders? Because of two quirky brothers and a hero named Patrick Roy

October 13, 2003
Snowball's ChanceThe Giants J.T. Snow could have tied Game 4 of their divisional playoff against the Marlins with two out in the top of the ninth, but catcher Ivan Rodriguez applied the tag and...

October 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
Another Québécois, 18-year-old Marc-André Fleury, is set to be the Penguins' savior

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Goalies beware! Kris King, the NHLs newest enforcer, is patrolling the league to make sure everyone's equipment conforms to the rules

October 13, 2003
The NHL is in the Dead Puck Era, and the key cause for the lack of scoring is that today's netminders use such oversized equipment that they blot out the goal. See for yourself

October 13, 2003 | Pierre McGuire
Dominik Hasek is back in net for the Red Wings, but Martin Brodeur of the Cup-champion Devils is rated No. 1 by SI's Pierre McGuire

October 13, 2003
Hasek returns, joins red wings! Kariya and Selanne together again! Alas, though, the most recurrent headline of the coming season will be NHL LABOR NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE. Commissioner Gary Bettman...

October 13, 2003
NHL scores, schedules, breaking news and analysis all season at si.com/hockey

October 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
After falling short in the conference finals, a wiser team can finish the job and win the Cup

October 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
The Senators don't have any significant holes....

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Hockeytown is pumped up for the return of Dominik Hasek and for another title run

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
The Wings are viewed as an old team, but they have an impressive core of young guns up front: Henrik Zetterberg, 23, Pavel Datsyuk, 25, Jiri Hudler. 20, and Jason Williams, 23. Hudler, in fact,...

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
The defensive-minded defending champions return virtually intact, and that may be enough

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Fortunately, a souped-up offense will boost the scoring because Patrick Roy is gone

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Even with a revamped backline, the Devils' defense will be stifling and will slow games to a crawl when necessary. At 39, Scott Stevens is still the unquestioned leader of the team....

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
After the Avs signed wings Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne, many observers conceded the Cup to them. Not so fast! They are taking a huge risk in replacing retired G Patrick Roy with unproven David...

October 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
An offensive juggernaut with a heavy Swedish accent is talking of nothing less than the Cup

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
A veteran team of thirtysomethings will be juiced by an influx of twentysomethings

October 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
Ed Jovanovski might be the most feared two-way blueliner in the league. He jumps into the play well and is also a devastating bodychecker....

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
The Flyers, with outstanding size, good speed and tremendous balance, are becoming more like the Devils—a hard-nosed, difficult team to play against....

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Belt-tightening took its toll on defense, but there's still enough firepower to make noise

October 13, 2003 | Mark Beech
Led by its veteran defensemen, a frustrated franchise hopes for an injury-free run

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Puck-moving D Sergei Zubov is the most underrated player in the NHL....

October 13, 2003 | Mark Beech
The attack is buoyed by defensemen—Al MacInnis, Chris Pronger, Barret Jackman and Alexander Khavanov—who are outstanding passers. They keep the Blues from being pinned on a forecheck....

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
The surprise team of last season is working to keep its place among the league's elite

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
With a locker room out of Friends, the club looks to a new coach for focus and toughness

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
A key for the Ducks is their ability to win face-offs, especially by Steve Rucchin and Jason Krog....

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
G.M. Mike O'Connell put himself on the hot seat by trading G John Grahante last January, allowing Jeff Hackett to leave as a free agent and then signing 32-year-old Felix Potvin, who was shaky...

October 13, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
Bringing in old favorites may help Ziggy zag, and an exiled Roman will be tested in net

October 13, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
A shocking playoff run last season sets the bar higher for this fourth-year expansion team

October 13, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
Adding veteran F Trent Klatt was smart—he's a leader and an excellent forechecker....

October 13, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
No NHL coach controls the tempo of a game better than Jacques Lemaire....

October 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
An old team with a new G.M. plus a weak defense doesn't add up to a Cup contender

October 13, 2003 | Andrea Woo
An improved power play is a must for this team, and it looks like a rookie will lead them

October 13, 2003 | Andrea Woo
This team is going to surprise a lot of people—the Oilers' speed and skill are impressive....

October 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
By signing free-agent C Joe Nieuwendyk the Maple Leafs finally have a bona fide No. 2 pivot behind Mats Sundin. Nieuwendyk will score points, win face-offs and be a positive influence in the...

October 13, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
A maturing team on the rise is a few top-notch defenders short of being a Cup contender

October 13, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
No longer aspiring to be a high-scoring outfit, this team will try to win with a rebuilt defense

October 13, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
The Lightning was not a fluke last season—this team is talented, especially up front....

October 13, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
Second-year coach Bruce Cassidy will be on the hot seat if he doesn't get high-scoring F's Jaromir Jagr and Peter Bondra to buy into his defense-oriented system....

October 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
A dramatic fall in the standings last season has this club cleaning house and starting over

October 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
Mending a dressing room torn by discord is imperative for a team that has playoff talent

October 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
Entering his first full season as the coach in San Jose, Ron Wilson will have the Sharks playing a tough, enthusiastic and more disciplined game....

October 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
Despite his low profile, rookie coach Steve Stirling 53, is not a neophyte-he's been behind a bench for more than 20 years. But he'll have to crack the whip on this bunch, and that's not his...

October 13, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
A perpetually underachieving star-studded lineup is beginning the season already in a hole

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
How much can a coaching staff that's long on expertise help a lineup that's short on talent?

October 13, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
Having Tom Renney as a new assistant coach will help; he'll see to it that the Rangers finally have a system in place instead of having players freelance....

October 13, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
The Sabres will be the most improved club in the East, but they're probably still too small down the middle to be a playoff team....

October 13, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
An injury-plagued team that went from Cup finalist to league's worst tries to bounce back

October 13, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
A country-lovin' defenseman will feel at home, but there'll still be heartaches by the number

October 13, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
For the Hurricanes to have any prayer of making the postseason, they need to play a tight defensive system....

October 13, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
The Predators need superskilled and speedy fourth-year F David Leg-wand to fight through traffic and play tougher on a game-to-game basis....

October 13, 2003 | Michael Farber
Will off-the-ice distractions keep goaltender José Théodore from returning to MVP form?