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November 17, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 20

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Trent Green Cover - Sports Illustrated November 17, 2003

November 17, 2003 | Grant Wahl
OCTOBER 4, 1971

November 17, 2003
Ragin' RookiesYou are now the leading purveyors of the LeBron James media frenzy (You Gotta Carry That Weight, Oct. 27). Enough. Isn't it possible that you are backing the wrong horse? My money is...

November 17, 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.

November 17, 2003 | Steve Rushin
Top to bottom—Antti Aalto to Zarley Zalapski—hockey is the most exotic of our major sports, and what the novice fan needs is an A-to-Z guide to the game. Or rather, an Eh-to-Zed guide, Eh being...

November 17, 2003 | Phil Taylor
After a year in football heaven, Notre Dame's Tyrone Willingham is feeling the heat

November 17, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
The U.S. exits; the sport reels

November 17, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
0Games played by Saadi Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar Gadhafi, for Perugia of Italy's Serie A before he was suspended for failing a doping test.

November 17, 2003
ClinchedThe 2003 Winston Cup championship, by Matt Kenseth. The 31-year-old fourth-year driver from Cambridge, Wis., wrapped up the title in the season's penultimate race in Rockingham, N.C., on...

November 17, 2003 | George Dohrmann
Buried

November 17, 2003 | Bill Scheft
O.K., by applause, how many of you thought the only person who could beat Tiger Woods for a money title was Oprah?

November 17, 2003 | Kostya Kennedy
The 42-year-old Rangers captain and six-time Stanley Cup winner scored his 1,851st point on Nov. 4 to move past Gordie Howe into second place on the NHL's alltime scoring list.

November 17, 2003
The forthcoming autobiography from Boris (Boom Boom) Becker has been serialized in the German newspaper Bild and is shining a revealing light on that country's troubled tennis demigod. The book,...

November 17, 2003
Who let the dogs out? The organizers of the Sunshine State Jack Russell Terrier Club's Russell Mania, that's who. Some 300 Jack Russell terriers converged at the event, in Williston, Fla., where...

November 17, 2003
Ravens receiver Travis Taylor and his wife, Rashidah, attended the team's Halloween party dressed as Kobe Bryant and the woman accusing him of sexual assault.

November 17, 2003
BONZI WELLSTrail Blazers guard, on flipping off a fan during a game despite a pledge to behave more maturely: "I was probably wrong. But I don't remember doing nothing like that. I black out...

November 17, 2003 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

November 17, 2003 | Julia Morrill
•COLLEGE TRYCollege Sports Television (CSTV), which debuted in April and has about 15 million cable and satellite subscribers, is counting on devotees of minor sports to increase its audience....

November 17, 2003
Ashley Boutte, LAKE CHARLES, LA.SoccerBoutte, a freshman forward at Southern University, is the NCAA Division I leader in goals and points per game. She was elected to the 2003 All-Southwestern...

November 17, 2003 | David Sabino
Mitt Honors

November 17, 2003
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

November 17, 2003 | David Sabino
KINGS OF THE HILL: d. Fernando Valenzuela won it in 1986 for the Dodgers. Rangers lefthander Kenny Rogers won the AL award in 2002.

November 17, 2003 | Grant Wahl
The Evergreen State boasts an unmatched ROWING tradition 100 years in the making

November 17, 2003 | Grant Wahl
For more about sports in Washington and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

November 17, 2003 | Drew Bledsoe
The former Cougars quarterback savored his showdowns with the Huskies

November 17, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
Washingtonians weigh in on sports*

November 17, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
More on Evergreen State sports, including an SI Flashback about Ichiro Suzuki's arrival in Seattle, famous Washington Faces in the Crowd and a gallery of every Mariners cover, at...

November 17, 2003 | Austin Murphy
The unorthodox leader of the nation's most unusual college football program sets the alltime record for wins. (His players call him John)

November 17, 2003 | Peter King
In a year filled with superb coaching jobs, Dick Vermeil is working his magic again with undefeated Kansas City

November 17, 2003 | Peter King
Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback, every week at si.com/football.

November 17, 2003
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November 17, 2003
Get inside the NFL: Peter King gives you his exclusive online take in Monday Morning Quarterback, and Dr. Z ranks all 32 teams each Tuesday at si.com/football.

November 17, 2003 | Peter King
They're not household names, but they've done some of the best coaching in the NFL this season. Here are five top assistants who have made a difference.

November 17, 2003 | Michael Silver
Playing with courage and unwavering confidence, Titans quarterback Steve McNair is making a case that he's the league's MVP

November 17, 2003 | Michael Silver
Nine games into his ninth NFL season, Titans quarterback Steve McNair has career bests in completion percentage (65.9) and touchdown-to-interception margin (plus-12, with 15 TD passes). He also is...

November 17, 2003 | Michael Silver
Michael Silver's Open Mike, every Thursday at si.com.

November 17, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Six of the eight divisions will be won by teams that didn't even make the playoffs last season. The Chiefs and the Panthers are emerging powers, while the defending Super Bowl-champion Buccaneers...

November 17, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
No team's really that good anymore, and upsets have become commonplace, so this looks like a good week to give the Bengals—yes, the Bengals—the nod

November 17, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Dr. Z's Inside Football, every week during the season at si.com/football.

November 17, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
The arrival of dazzling rookie Carmelo Anthony has Denver looking to double last year's win total and build itself into a championship contender

November 17, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Jack McCallum's Inside the NBA, every Tuesday, at si.com/basketball.

November 17, 2003 | Kelley King
Behind the quiet confidence of gifted freshman quarterback Chris Leak, once floundering Florida is the hottest team in the Sunshine State

November 17, 2003 | Michael Farber
Devastated by a preseason tragedy, the Thrashers have responded to the uplifting performance of high-scoring, showboating Ilya Kovalchuk

November 17, 2003 | Grant Wahl
Even during 15 glorious seasons at Kansas, Roy Williams was never very far from Chapel Hill or his mentor, Dean Smith. Now—and not without regrets—Williams has gone home to restore luster to the...

November 17, 2003 | Grant Wahl
Questions and answers: Grant Wahl's College Basketball Mailbag, every Wednesday during the season at SI.com/basketball/ncaa.

November 17, 2003
Mist OpportunityHorn High, in Mesquite, Texas, needed a win to make the Class 4A Division II playoffs for the first time, but James Smith of Pearce High, in Richardson, grabbed a late...

November 17, 2003
College Football

November 17, 2003 | Mark Beech
The Other StarWhile Pitt's Larry Fitzgerald gets all the hype, it's Rod Rutherford who is throwing him the ball

November 17, 2003 | Mark Beech
Ohio State De Will Smith versus Purdue T Mike Otto

November 17, 2003 | Mark Beech
More college football coverage at si.com/football/ncaa.

November 17, 2003 | Mark Beech
UCLA senior defensive ends Dave and Mat Ball were born 15 minutes apart and have the same quirky sense of humor. Roommates for the last five years (they redshirted as freshmen in 1999), they have...

November 17, 2003 | Phil Taylor
JOE PA, IT'S TIME

November 17, 2003 | Richard Hoffer
Only HumanRoy Jones regained a championship belt but lost his aura of invincibility

November 17, 2003 | Richard Hoffer
There are impediments to a Mike Tyson-Roy Jones fight, even aside from the considerable quirkiness of the principals. It's believed that promoter Don King has rights to a Jones fight left over...

November 17, 2003 | Rick Reilly
Guess who's demanding to have a kid's high school passing record wiped from the books?