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March 29, 2004 | Volume 100, Issue 13

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Chuck Davis Cover - Sports Illustrated March 29, 2004

March 29, 2004
Feud for ThoughtMy great-grandfather was Ellison Hatfield, copatriarch of the mighty and peace-loving Hatfield clan, so steeped in West Virginia feud lore as I am, I can rate the top American...

March 29, 2004
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.

March 29, 2004
The prize for being named National Sportswriter of the Year is a personalized Louisville Slugger, which explains why senior writer Rick Reilly owns more good wood than Geppetto. Last month Reilly...

March 29, 2004 | Steve Rushin
There came a pivotal moment in my eighth consecutive hour of NCAA tournament-viewing when I tried, while supine on the sofa, to turn off the TV. I reached for the remote—it was marooned on the...

March 29, 2004 | Peter King
Now it can be told: Baseball and football are very different games

March 29, 2004 | Sridhar Pappu
A world champion closer is stuck on the market—and in a pal's guest room

March 29, 2004 | Sridhar Pappu
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March 29, 2004 | Kelley King
ImprovedHis record for the Wheeling Nailers to 7-1-1, goalie Joe Exter, who suffered a near-fatal skull fracture in a Hockey East playoff game for Merrimack last March (SI, March 24, 2003). Exter...

March 29, 2004
WonA spot on the U.S. Olympic shooting team, Collyn Loper, a high school junior from Indian Springs, Ala., who has been blind in her right eye since birth. Last Saturday, Loper, 17, defeated...

March 29, 2004
Padres pitcher and rocket scientist Jason Szuminski, 25, is trying to become the first MIT grad to make the majors. How's he doing? SI's Szuminskimeter tells all.

March 29, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Before we begin, by applause, how many of you remember when March Madness referred to spring break at the Kennedy compound?

March 29, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The Giants quarterback spent his off-season taking a pass at love as ABC's The Bachelor, which premieres on April 7.

March 29, 2004
She took a gamble when she picked pretty boy Jason Peoples over nice guy Adam Mesh in the first season of Average Joe, but now Melana Scantlin (below) is covering risky wagers from the sidelines....

March 29, 2004
A Thai man in the Guinness Book of World Records for spending the most time with snakes died of a snakebite.

March 29, 2004
LEIGH STEINBERGAgent, on the newly shaved head of his client, Dolphins running back Ricky Williams: "People are adjusting to it. Unlike Samson, he has retained all his strength, wisdom and sex...

March 29, 2004
Pirates outfielder Darryl Ward made last Friday bat day at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers—much to the surprise of a few rows of fans. In the third inning he took a cut at a pitch from Boston's...

March 29, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

March 29, 2004 | Sridhar Pappu
•CROSSOVER APPEALDuring the summer of 1990 Nike launched its "Bo knows" campaign, in which everyone's favorite running back-outfielder dominated all sports, including, to the befuddlement of John...

March 29, 2004
Kim Smith, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALANDTrack and FieldSmith, a junior at Providence College, won the 3,000 and the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship, setting collegiate...

March 29, 2004 | E.M. Swift
The U.S. Open of snowboarding draws the world's best riders to the state that launched their sport into the mainstream

March 29, 2004 | Alexander Wolff
"From heres" know that Vermont is grittier than its image suggests

March 29, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
Vermonters weigh in on sports*

March 29, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
On a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state's enthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'?59.7Rank: 36th of first 36 stales polled

March 29, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
To read an SI Flashback story about how Flyers left wing and Vermont native John LeClair became a hero in his home state or brush up on more Green Mountain State sports trivia, go to...

March 29, 2004
A wild week of hotly contested games produced staggering upsets, hard-earned vindication and stellar play from new faces. Here's an inside look

March 29, 2004 | Grant Wahl
Big upsets by Alabama, Nevada and UAB blew up the NCAA chalk

March 29, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
He was hot, he was out of gas, but Gerry McNamara just wouldn't quit

March 29, 2004
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March 29, 2004
Method to the madness: Former coach Mike Jarvis breaks down the best NCAA tournament matchups, and SI's experts provide instant analysis from every site.

March 29, 2004 | Alexander Wolff
The Deacons put their faith in freshman point guard Chris Paul

March 29, 2004 | Alexander Wolff
Easy winners Duke and UConn still have something to prove

March 29, 2004 | Phil Taylor
In crunch time, Jarrett Jack stepped up and made the big plays

March 29, 2004 | Phil Taylor
SI's Grant Wahl picks the region winners and others to watch

March 29, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
In St. Paul native Joe Mauer, the top pick in the 2001 draft, the Twins have a sweet-swinging young catcher ready to call the shots

March 29, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
Four other rookies who, like Joe Mauer, could hit it big in 2004

March 29, 2004 | Grant Wahl
At 14, Freddy Adu is already the highest paid and most celebrated player in MLS. Now it's time for him to play his first game

March 29, 2004 | Don Yaeger
Battling the clock, wretched facilities and random violence, Iraq's new Olympic committee races to build a team for Athens

March 29, 2004 | Michael Farber
The raucous, old-fashioned rivalry between Ottawa and Toronto heats up the stretch run to the playoffs and incites fans in both cities

March 29, 2004 | Tim Layden
Villanova's seismic victory over Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA final was a life-altering experience for the Wildcats. The coaches and players of that miracle team are still feeling the aftershocks

March 29, 2004
Vanderbilt for SpeedCommodores forward Matt Freije, who had a game-high 31 points, gets off a running one-hander against North Carolina State and then takes off again later (inset) to celebrate...

March 29, 2004
The NBA

March 29, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
D MobilizedA rangy (and mouthy) addition has made Detroit's defense ultrastingy

March 29, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
AROUND THE RIM

March 29, 2004 | Peter King
New G.M. Bruce Allen is wasting no time shaking up the Bucs

March 29, 2004 | Rick Reilly
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