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December 08, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 23

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Kyle Turley Cover - Sports Illustrated December 08, 2003

December 08, 2003 | Phil Taylor
Though he toils in obscurity at Miami (Ohio), Ben Roethlisberger looks to scouts like a future NFL star

December 08, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
A coaching change was the turning point for Colorado's Alex Tanguay

December 08, 2003 | Pierre McGuire
Since the beginning of 2002-03, the Oilers have lost forwards Mike Grier, Anson Carter, Rem Murray and Todd Marchant in trades or to free agency, and those departures are the reason the team...

December 08, 2003 | Rick Reilly
Sports Stinks. Sports can be cruder than a bald man's winning free blow-dries for life. Sports will lift you up in front of the whole assembly, crown you king and then give you a wedgie.

December 08, 2003 | Brian Cazeneuve
AUGUST 4, 1975

December 08, 2003
Jinx ThinkGiven the power of the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED cover to stop winning streaks, perhaps a better headline on your Nov. 17 edition would have been THE CHIEFS, PERFECT (UNTIL NOW).JOHN DARLING...

December 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.

December 08, 2003 | Steve Rushin
In 1975 the Schaper toy company introduced Super Toe, a foot-high plastic placekicker with a right leg you could cock like a pistol's hammer. Violently slap him on the top of his helmet, as if...

December 08, 2003 | Roger Kahn
No one had a better head for pitching than Warren Spahn

December 08, 2003 | S. L. Price
A soccer hero came home last week, and no one rejoiced

December 08, 2003 | S. L. Price
95Weeks Oklahoma has been ranked atop the AP college football poll since the poll's inception in 1936, tying Notre Dame for the most weeks at No. 1.

December 08, 2003
HoledBy Annika Sorenstam, a 39-yard bunker shot to win $175,000 in the Skins Game. Playing Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson and Mark O'Meara at the Trilogy Golf Club, in La Quinta, Calif., Sorenstam...

December 08, 2003
Died

December 08, 2003
Tiger Woods and his girlfriend of two years, Elin Nordegren. Just a week after his caddie, Steve Williams, got engaged, Woods, 27, popped the question on Nov. 25 during a sunset walk at the...

December 08, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Did you see Glen Campbell wearing a Diamondbacks jersey in his DWI mug shot? Are you like me? Were you afraid he was compensation in the Curt Schilling deal?

December 08, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The 18-year-old Yugoslavian-born forward and the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft—between LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony—has played in just seven games for the Pistons.

December 08, 2003
The WUSA may be history, but its steamiest soccer siren, Heather Mitts, is alive and kicking. Mitts, 25, the former Philadelphia Charge defender who last year was voted the sexiest WUSA player in...

December 08, 2003
Belgium's Kim Clijsters, the world's No. 2-ranked women's tennis player, has withdrawn from the 2004 Olympics because she wouldn't have been allowed to wear her sponsor's apparel.

December 08, 2003
YAO MINGRockets sophomore center, talking to a small group of reporters in the Houston locker room last Friday: Thanksgiving just passed, so you should probably know what I'm thankful for: LeBron...

December 08, 2003
No, he wasn't performing a tribute to Johnny Cash. Utah's mascot, Bear, was just doing his job when he nearly fell into a burning ring of fire between quarters of the Jazz-Supersonics game at the...

December 08, 2003 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

December 08, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
•GOOD CATCHKeyshawn Johnson already carries himself like a TV star: He's brash and egocentric, and the camera loves him almost as much as he loves himself. So less than 72 hours after the Bucs...

December 08, 2003
Ashley Jo Rowatt, LOUISVILLESwimmingRowatt, a graduate of Kenyon College, was named the 2003 NCAA Woman of the Year, becoming the first Division III athlete to win the award. The five-time...

December 08, 2003 | David Sabino
Norman Invasion

December 08, 2003
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to Sl.com/faces.

December 08, 2003 | David Sabino
LATER, SOONER a. College and pro Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald's best finish in the Heisman Trophy voting was third place, in 1956. Vessels ('52), Owens ('69) and Sims ('78) all won the award.

December 08, 2003 | Michael Bamberger
At the BAYOU CLASSIC in New Orleans, Grambling State and Southern throw a football party that puts Mardi Gras to shame

December 08, 2003 | Michael Bamberger
For more about sports in Louisiana and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

December 08, 2003 | Terry Bradshaw
In the Steeler great's native Shreveport, the gridiron heroes played for Dallas

December 08, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
Louisianans weigh in on sports*

December 08, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
To read an SI Flashback about Shaquille O'Neal's debut at LSU, view a gallery of Saints covers and vote for your favorite New Orleans Super Bowl moment, go to...

December 08, 2003 | Michael Silver
Offensive linemen do thankless work in the trenches, trying to outhit and outwit opponents. Few fans even know their names, but no team goes far without them

December 08, 2003
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December 08, 2003
Get the latest on Larry Fitzgerald and other Heisman hopefuls, plus bowl projections that break down who's headed where, at si.com/football/ncaa.

December 08, 2003 | Peter King
A play in the life of Jonathan Ogden, who explains why blocking isn't nearly as easy as it looks

December 08, 2003 | Josh Elliott
Rams tackle Kyle Turley has a great deal to say about defensive linemen, and—surprise!—none of it is good

December 08, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
For the Panthers' Jeff Mitchell and other NFL centers, making adjustments at the line is anything but a snap

December 08, 2003 | Chris Ballard
That old refrain of Stockton-to-Malone is over, and youngsters Andrei Kirilenko and Carlos Arroyo have given Utah an up-tempo game

December 08, 2003 | Chris Ballard
The latest NBA news, scores and statistics, plus analysis from Jack McCallum and Marty Burns, at si.com/basketball.

December 08, 2003 | Chris Ballard
Utah's current roster had the fewest combined points in 2002-03 of any team this season. (Karl Malone and his new Lakers teammates had the most: 10,547.) Here are the teams with the least proven...

December 08, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
By landing ace Curt Schilling, the Red Sox pulled off the coup of the young off-season and fired the first shot in their latest battle with the Yankees

December 08, 2003 | Albert Chen
Who's going where in the weeks ahead? Our wheel tells all

December 08, 2003 | Tim Layden
Driven by tragedy, sophomore Larry Fitzgerald has become the nation's top wideout, perhaps its best player. The pros want him, but will the NFL let him in a year early?

December 08, 2003 | Tim Layden
More college football coverage, including Tim Layden's Insider and B.J. Schecter's Marquee Matchup, at si.com/football/ncaa.

December 08, 2003 | L. Jon Wertheim
Welterweight champion Ricardo Mayorga, a reckless fighter with an unruly lifestyle, is boxing's hottest ticket. Next show: Dec. 13

December 08, 2003 | Bruce Schoenfeld
To the men in Las Vegas who set point spreads, the true sport is the eternal quest for the perfect number

December 08, 2003
Winter RulesHuddling against the cold, the Colgate Raiders (in maroon) braved the elements and beat the Massachusetts Minutemen 19-7 in their Division 1-AA first-round playoff game last Saturday...

December 08, 2003 | Richard Hoffer
Sports books, always averse to risk, might be driving high rollers to the Internet

December 08, 2003
The NFL

December 08, 2003 | Peter King
Just like Old TimesThe Rams showed flashes of their championship season while streaking to an easy win over the Vikings

December 08, 2003 | Peter King
Peter King's Mono Morning Quarterback, every week at si.com/football.

December 08, 2003 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH...Chiefs kicker Morten Andersen, 43, who hopes to be playing at 50

December 08, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Five divisions are holding their summit meetings this weekend. The top two teams in the AFC North, South, East and West plus the leaders in the NFC East are having their second go-round, and it's...

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

December 08, 2003 | Seth Davis
Roommates helped Georgia Tech cinch a shocking preseason NIT title

December 08, 2003 | Seth Davis
1. Emeka Okafor better get used to the hack-a-Shaq treatment. Connecticut's All-America center, a career 60.5% free throw shooter, made just five of his 12 attempts in UConn's 77-61 loss to...

December 08, 2003 | George Dohrmann
After seven seasons of so-so play, Golden State center Erick Dampier is finally making the most of his minutes

December 08, 2003 | George Dohrmann
On the surprising Bucks, who were 8-8 at week's end after being largely dismissed as a playoff contender: