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December 15, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 24

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Tim Duncan Cover - Sports Illustrated December 15, 2003

December 15, 2003 | Kelley King
LSU has no complaints with the BCS—the Tigers are happy to get some recognition after their resounding SEC championship-game victory

December 15, 2003 | Kelley King
More college football coverage, including Tim Layden's Insider and a photo gallery from the week, at si.com/football/ncaa.

December 15, 2003 | Gene Menez
Meant to produce an undisputed matchup between the nation's top two teams, the BCS has instead been one long study in turmoil

December 15, 2003 | Kelley King
In playing for its first national title in 45 years, LSU will look to exploit the weaknesses that Kansas State exposed in the Sooners

December 15, 2003 | Michael Bamberger
D.J. Strawberry is making a name for himself at Maryland, and dad Darryl has come to watch

December 15, 2003 | Michael Bamberger
Hoop Thoughts by Seth Davis, and Grant Wahl's Mailbag, each week all season long at si.com/basketball/ncaa.

December 15, 2003 | Michael Farber
After a mediocre run in Washington the high-priced, enigmatic star has suddenly perked up at the prospect of playing elsewhere—if only another team would take him

December 15, 2003 | Austin Murphy
With you-know-who not around for the first time in six years, a rookie foursome at the Grand Slam showed that golfers really can let their hair down

December 15, 2003 | Daniel Coyle
In the 1930s, when black players were barred from the NFL, an enterprising former halfback joined with a numbers kingpin to create a powerful team in Harlem

December 15, 2003
College FootballSI's picks for some of the major awards, from the Heisman to the Thorpe, plus a few of our own

December 15, 2003 | Kelley King
With bowl season here, it's time to reveal our choices for the major awards—and a few awards of our own

December 15, 2003 | Seth Davis
Tough TimesSoft play and a brutal schedule have left Michigan State smarting

December 15, 2003 | Seth Davis
1. Kansas must learn how to beat a zone. Number 21 Stanford knocked off the top-ranked Jayhawks 64-58 last Saturday by packing in a 2-3 zone, which neutralized Wayne Simien (two field goals) on...

December 15, 2003 | Seth Davis
Coach Rick PitinoversusCoach Billy Donovan

December 15, 2003 | Seth Davis
More college basketball coverage at si.com/basketball/ncaa.

December 15, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
ForesightA rash of eye injuries cries out for a decision to make visors mandatory

December 15, 2003 | Pierre McGuire
Credit Predators assistant G.M. Ray Shero for helping Nashville swipe 26-year-old Czech rookie sensation Marek Zidlicky from the Rangers last December. Shero told G.M. David Poile to have...

December 15, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
No TraceThe Magic's Tracy McGrady may pull a vanishing act after next season

December 15, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
On the Rockets, who at week's end were 12-7 under first-year coach Jeff Van Gundy:

December 15, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Teams looking for immediate help from Europe in next June's draft should focus on three players: 6'9" Sergei Monya and 6'9" Viktor Khryapa from CSKA-Moscow and Anderson Varejao, the 6'10" forward...

December 15, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
The latest NBA news and analysis from Jack McCallum at si.com/basketball/nba.

December 15, 2003 | Rick Reilly
What kind of person would do that?

December 15, 2003
Husky HeroesEmeka Okafor (When Brain Meets Brawn, Nov. 24) and Diana Taurasi (Love, Italian Style, Nov. 24) are fine young people who recognize the importance of education. While they strive to...

December 15, 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 15, 2003 | Pete McEntegart
SEPTEMBER 9, 1963

December 15, 2003 | Steve Rushin
It's riveting, in a way, to see the Red Sox and the Yankees divide all of baseball between themselves, like Roosevelt and Stalin splitting Europe at Yalta. (George Steinbrenner is Stalin, of...

December 15, 2003 | Richard Hoffer
Once considered the lesser of two palooka-ish brothers, Vitali Klitschko has emerged as the great hope of the heavyweight division

December 15, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
Sylvester Croom's arrival at Mississippi State just starts another journey

December 15, 2003 | Daniel G. Habib
0Players put on injured reserve by the Bengals this season, the only team in the NFL not to have a player on IR.

December 15, 2003
DiedOf cancer, Gayle Olinekova, 50, a marathon runner whose muscular moneymakers were dubbed the "greatest legs ever to stride the earth" in the Jan. 5, 1981, SI. At the 1980 New Orleans Marathon,...

December 15, 2003 | Jack McCallum
Traded

December 15, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Finally saw Cold Case last week. What a ripoff. Not one word about Ted Williams.

December 15, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
The nation's top downhill mountain bike racer—she was the 2003 U.S. National champion at age 38—is the author of the new book Downhill: The Lifecycle of a Gravity Goddess.

December 15, 2003 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

December 15, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
•PLAYMAKER FIRES BACKOmar Gooding, whose forceful turn as the thuggish, cocaine-addicted running back Demetrius Harris on ESPN's Playmakers is a big part of what rankles the NFL about the show...

December 15, 2003
Ooooh, Canada. Figure skater Jamie Salé is bucking her smalltown image (she's from Red Deer, Alberta) with a three-page spread in the January FHM. The photos are a far cry from the staid portraits...

December 15, 2003
It was not the most glorious journey for the Goodyear Spirit of America, one of the tire company's three blimps that hovers above about 40 sports events a year. Spirit broke free of its moorings...

December 15, 2003
At its men's basketball game against Seton Hall on Valentine's Day, Notre Dame will give away oven mitts to the first 1,000 female fans.

December 15, 2003
JEFF BZDELIKNuggets coach, on how the sudden improvement of his team has affected him: "When I crossed the street last year, people would accelerate. Some brake now."

December 15, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
Defenders dread the sight of Steeler Hines Ward, the AFC's leading—and hardest-hitting—receiver

December 15, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
Hines Ward isn't the only player who has performed at a high level on a poor team. Here are four others with big numbers and few wins to show for it (stats through Dec. 1):

December 15, 2003 | Josh Elliott
The NFL Hall of Famer writes about sex, drugs and his suicidal thoughts

December 15, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Coach Rick Peterson uses the latest in technology plus a New Age philosophy to prepare his pitchers

December 15, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson, who spent the past six seasons with the A's, filters his study of biomechanics through training methods steeped in Eastern philosophy and disciplines. Here are...

December 15, 2003 | Michael Farber
After hurling a racial slur, Denis Hamel took an unusual step in a belated bid to right his wrong

December 15, 2003 | Michael Farber
Denis Hamel's racist taunting of Ray Emery last season was the most recent such incident in hockey that became public knowledge. Here are three others.

December 15, 2003 | David Sabino
Losers' Lounge

December 15, 2003 | David Sabino
ROCKY ROAD: a. The Cavaliers hold the record for most consecutive losses with 24, over the final 19 games of 1981-82 and the first five games of 1982-83.

December 15, 2003
Alon Lubezky, KFAR SHMARYAHU, ISRAELSoccerLubezky, a junior forward at Hartford, became the Hawks' all-time leading scorer with 52 career goals. He was the America East Conference's leading scorer...

December 15, 2003
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

December 15, 2003 | E.M. Swift
How nature's magic and World War II turned Colorado into HEAVEN FOR DOWNHILLERS

December 15, 2003 | E.M. Swift
For more about sports in Colorado and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

December 15, 2003 | Rick Reilly
The SI columnist's home state deserves a little more attention, thank you

December 15, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
Coloradans weigh in on sports*

December 15, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
To view a gallery of every Broncos, Rockies and Avalanche cover, read an SI flashback story about Jack Dempsey, or get more Centennial State sports trivia, go to...

December 15, 2003 | Jack McCallum
Drafted No. 1 by the Spurs a decade apart, David Robinson and Tim Duncan led the franchise to a second NBA title in five years while making ever greater contributions to the Alamo City

December 15, 2003 | S.L. Price
Two-time MVP Tim Duncan doesn't like to sound off or even share what he's really thinking. But the NBA's master of the mind game has one obsession: He needs to win at everything he does

December 15, 2003
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December 15, 2003
For more on Tim Duncan and David Robinson—including a photo gallery and SI flashbacks—plus complete Sportsman archives, go to si.com/sportsman.

December 15, 2003
Symbolizing in character and performance the ideals of sportsmanship

December 15, 2003
Left Face!Like elephants on parade, Army's offensive linemen moved in tandem under the watchful eyes of the brigade of midshipmen during a 34-6 defeat by Navy in Philadelphia last Saturday. The...

December 15, 2003 | Michael Silver
On a day filled with crucial divisional matchups, the Patriots staked their claim as the team to beat in the AFC with a whitewashing of the rival Dolphins

December 15, 2003 | Michael Silver
Michael Silver's Open Mike, every Thursday at si.com.

December 15, 2003 | Josh Elliott
Dwight Freeney and the Colts' hard-hitting defense gave the Titans a dose of their own medicine

December 15, 2003 | Jeffri Chadiha
Diminutive all-purpose threat Brian Westbrook helped the Eagles clinch their fourth consecutive playoff berth

December 15, 2003 | Peter King
Less than two years after gutting their Super Bowl roster, the Ravens are back in championship form

December 15, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Having clinched a playoff spot, the Eagles have to avoid a letdown as they travel to Miami to face the desperate—and dangerous—Dolphins

December 15, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Dr. Z's Inside Football, every week at si.com/football.Last week: 5-4 Season record: 74-53

December 15, 2003 | Phil Taylor
*But not playing in the BCS title game. Why top-ranked USC got shafted and how the absurd system of deciding the national champion can be fixed

December 15, 2003 | Phil Taylor
Add one game and get a consensus national champ

December 15, 2003 | Chris Lewis
Coore and Crenshaw's challenge: Keeping up with the neighbors

December 15, 2003 | Alan Shipnuck
The final stage is no longer the scariest week in golf

December 15, 2003 | Alan Shipnuck
Michelle Wie will get plenty of attention next month when she tees it up in the PGA Tour's Sony Open in her home state of Hawaii, but women playing in men's events is a fad that will soon pass.

December 15, 2003 | Alan Shipnuck
Tiger Woods voted the PGA Tour Player of the Year

December 15, 2003 | David Glenz
The pressure didn't get to Scott Hend, who clinched a Tour card in his first Q school by ignoring the water and driving a 400-yard par-4

December 15, 2003 | David Glenz
"As the Q school telecast showed, the pace of play on Tour is absurdly slow. The only way to speed things up is to levy penalty strokes—not fines—as we do in many club-pro events."

December 15, 2003 | David Glenz
POWER STRETCH DRILLTo Generate power, stretch (or coil) your body in the backswing and maintain that stretch as you move into the front foot and leg. As you unwind on the downswing, release your...

December 15, 2003
Ben Curtis's father, Bob, was one of several fans at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf who complained about overzealous—and sometimes rude—marshals at Poipu Bay Golf Course in Kauai, Hawaii. The...

December 15, 2003
After forging a historic tie at the Presidents Cup, Tiger Woods proposed to his girlfriend, Elin Nordegren, a former nanny for Jesper Parnevik's family, while on safari in South Africa. Since his...

December 15, 2003
THIS WEEK: After marrying Elin Nordegren, will Tiger Woods win more or fewer majors than the eight he has already won?

December 15, 2003 | Sal Johnson
To get an idea of how the Tour will shape up statistically in 2004, it's instructive to see how it has changed over the last few years. Based on several key stats, today's average pro is much...

December 15, 2003 | Robert Whiting
Pitcher Kazuhiro Sasaki left the Seattle Mariners and returned home to play in Japan. Surprising? Not at all.

December 15, 2003 | Chris Lewis
Bandon Dunes, already hailed as a mecca of golf, is secretly adding a new and even more spectacular course—but one that may change its character forever