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April 26, 2004 | Volume 100, Issue 17

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Jim Brown Cover - Sports Illustrated April 26, 2004

April 26, 2004
Long before there was a Thorpedo, there was Mark Spitz, who became a global poster boy with an image that probably makes him cringe today: a shot of him wearing nothing but his Speedo and his...

April 26, 2004
There was, of course, the Great One, the best player to ever lace up skates, but the 1980s were blessed with a bounty of battlers worthy of that sobriquet: the creator of many Magic moments with...

April 26, 2004
Although Richard B. Woodward has gained acclaim as a writer on photography, his favorite sports memory reflects an image on a TV screen. "I watched the Thrilla in Manila [1975] in the pouring...

April 26, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
From fish-eyes to black boxes, SI photographers have pushed their craft to its limits, and beyond—often to a whole new way of seeing

April 26, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
To shoot the most exciting two minutes in sports, a.k.a. the Kentucky Derby, SI photographer Bill Frakes puts in three days of hard labor, setting up 47 cameras (right) to ensure every hoof beat,...

April 26, 2004 | Lisa Altobelli
You can't shoot a backstretch run and a photo finish with the same camera. Here's the color-coded guide to all of Frakes's setups.

April 26, 2004
In addition to being the preeminent athlete of his era, Michael Jordan just seemed to never take a bad picture—unless you were a fan of the Jazz or any of the other teams he flushed in the NBA...

April 26, 2004
Spell CheckI was proud and nervous to see my beloved Cubs picked on the cover of SI to win the World Series (BASEBALL PREVIEW 2004, April 5). I thought that, while the billy goat curse is ending...

April 26, 2004
LETTERS

April 26, 2004 | Daniel G. Habib
Perusing Walter Iooss Jr.'s Polaroids is a bit like leafing through Picasso's sketchbooks, catching a rare glimpse of the creative process in medias res. They are Iooss's rough drafts of portraits...

April 26, 2004
The decade's not yet half-passed, but it has already produced a passel of memorable photographs. These images achieve the goal that has driven every SI photographer: to bring the magazine's...

April 26, 2004
College Football

April 26, 2004 | Kelley King
Snap CountThree QBs are vying to start at Miami, but Brock Berlin is still No. 1

April 26, 2004 | Kelley King
Miami isn't the only high-profile school where the quarterback job is up for grabs. Five others:

April 26, 2004 | Mark Beech
TROJAN TROUBLEThe suspension of USC tackle Winston Justice (he allegedly flashed a pellet gun at another student) leaves his status for the fall up in the air, meaning right guard Fred Matua may...

April 26, 2004 | Albert Chen
The NaturalJust 21, Florida's Miguel Cabrera is getting better with every at bat

April 26, 2004 | Albert Chen
UP

April 26, 2004 | Albert Chen
As the son of an All-Star lefthander and blessed with a mid-90-mph fastball himself, Adam LaRoche seemed destined to be a major league pitcher. When he was a two-position player at Seminole...

April 26, 2004 | Tom Verducci
SILENT MAJORITY

April 26, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
Kevin Garnett, the heady leader of the West's top team, should be MVP

April 26, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
FIRST TEAM

April 26, 2004 | Rick Reilly
Another easter Sunday in the Cathedral. Hushed voices. Amens. People holding hands and praying. At the end, all of them rising as one and screaming, "My God, it's a miracle!"

April 26, 2004 | Steve Rushin
He is a lucky man who finds himself on a train, bound for a distant ballpark, while breaking the seal on a pack of playing cards. And if those cards are Bicycle brand and the train is leaving Penn...

April 26, 2004 | Kelli Anderson
Quite simply, he was the greatest swimming coach who ever lived. But Doc Counsilman knew even more about people

April 26, 2004 | Lester Munson
Can Jayson Williams turn the tide at his manslaughter trial?

April 26, 2004 | Lester Munson
$50,000Amount paid by a local Cadillac dealership for naming rights to the football stadium at George Mason High in Falls Church, Va.

April 26, 2004
PremieredLast week in Virginia, the Roanoke Ballet Theatre's latest production, NASCAR Ballet. More Biffle and Burton than Baryshnikov, the show was choreographed by Jenefer Davies Mansfield, who...

April 26, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Announced By the United States Tennis Association, the formation of the U.S. Open Series, which will consolidate the North American hard-court events that precede the USTA's signature event, the...

April 26, 2004 | Stephen Cannella
The FBI busts Blues center Mike Danton for allegedly hiring a hit man

April 26, 2004
WHAT FLOATS HIS BOAT?Hanging out in an inflatable kayak in McCovey Cove, the part of the bay beyond the rightfield stands at SBC Park. The software salesman, 53, paddles out about 10 times a year...

April 26, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Did you see the photo of Tiger Woods in the Army Humvee? Butch Harmon thinks his hands are four degrees too far apart on the mounted machine gun.

April 26, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The 35-year-old actor plays the title role in the movie Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius, which opens on April 30.

April 26, 2004
The Hawks billed their April 10 game against the Celtics as Family Night and gave discounts to parents who brought their children. Then, during a second quarter timeout, the Philips Arena sound...

April 26, 2004
You've run a long way, baby. In 1967 a Boston Marathon official tried to force Syracuse student Kathrine Switzer from the then all-male race (top). Women were officially let into the race five...

April 26, 2004
The Dartmouth crew team had to cancel practice after the coaches were attacked by an otter.

April 26, 2004
COCO CRISPIndians outfielder, after he dropped a routine fly ball against the Twins last week: "I did my job. The ball didn't do its job."

April 26, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

April 26, 2004 | Mark Bechtel
MORE IS LESS

April 26, 2004
Tara Rausch, MARYSVILLE, OHIOBasketballRausch, a senior forward at Wilmington College, led the Lady Quakers to the NCAA Division III title and was named the tournament MVP. She finished atop the...

April 26, 2004
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

April 26, 2004 | E.M. Swift
In April and May daredevils go to Mount Washington to hike up, and hurtle down, the steep slopes of Tuckerman Ravine

April 26, 2004 | E.M. Swift
For more about spans in New Hampshire and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

April 26, 2004 | Carlton Fisk
In a climate not suited to baseball, a future big leaguer learned small-town values

April 26, 2004
New Hampshirites weigh in on sports*

April 26, 2004
On a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state's enthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'?Rank: 31st of first 40 states polled

April 26, 2004
To read an SI Flashback story about Granite State swimming great Jenny Thompson, view a gallery of every Carlton Fisk cover or peruse more New Hampshire sports trivia, go to si.com/50.

April 26, 2004 | Tom Verducci
It's only April, but the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry was in late-season form as newcomer Curt Schilling joined the fray and Boston won three of four

April 26, 2004
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April 26, 2004
Complete pick-by-pick coverage of the NFL draft—including Peter King's running analysis, Dr. Z's team grades and a review of the alltime best and worst selections—at si.com/football.

April 26, 2004 | Chris Ballard
He may not be Rookie of the Year, but Denver's Carmelo Anthony can use the playoffs to show he's the cream of the first-year crop

April 26, 2004 | Michael Farber
Jonathan Cheechoo, of distant Moose Factory, is leading the anonymous but dangerous Sharks in pursuit of the Stanley Cup

April 26, 2004 | Peter King
Forget the awkward throwing motion and the lack of mobility. N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers has the moxie to succeed in the NFL

April 26, 2004 | Peter King
Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback and Dr. Z's Inside Football, at si.com/football/nfl.

April 26, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
Last year the big guys took center stage, with 12 linemen drafted in the first round. This year it's the wideouts' turn: Seven have a chance to be among the first 32 picks, and six of them stand...

April 26, 2004 | Peter King
Iowa's Robert Gallery, an old-school tackle with All-Pro potential, is the best lineman to come out of college in years

April 26, 2004
RIVALS"Love thy enemy is a sentiment that never got much traction in sports, but SI photographer Walter Iooss Jr. brought together some of the most compelling rivals of the last 50 years, giving...

April 26, 2004 | Paul Zimmerman
SI's resident expert ranks the most talented players at the richest positions in the draft and identifies hidden gems

April 26, 2004 | Frank Deford
As much of an influence as SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has had upon the literature of sports over the past 50 years, it probably has had even more of an impact upon sports photography. After all, whereas...

April 26, 2004
The light really was different back then, at least in the lens of Hy Peskin, whose black-and-white boxing photos walk the line between reportage and film noir. (If he'd shot your driver's license...

April 26, 2004 | Richard B. Woodward
The best sports photography stops the clock, forever: On these pages Joe Namath is still No. I and Jackie Robinson is still stealing home

April 26, 2004
Just as the film was gradually changing from black and white to color in the '60s, athletes in the magazine became increasingly diverse and more colorful in every way, led by the brash Muhammad...

April 26, 2004 | Gene Menez
There's the memorable photograph you see in the magazine, the one that freezes the fleeting instant when everything—skill and subject, light and luck—came into perfect alignment as the...