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June 21, 2004 | Volume 100, Issue 25

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June 21, 2004
I Got Your BackThe Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers form a tight conga line at the Staples Center as they jockey for position before an inbounds pass during Game 2 of the NBA Finals, won...

June 21, 2004 | Rick Reilly
Ask any true, tattooed, 10-toothed hockey fan and he'll tell you—the reason the NHL is sinking faster than a cement ducky is all the damn hockey fights.

June 21, 2004
Staff writer Chris Ballard first got the idea to do a story on fantasy sports (page 80) last January while camping with and interviewing Duke students waiting in line for tickets to a Blue Devils...

June 21, 2004
Kingdom of KevinAfter reading your article on Kevin Garnett and the Timberwolves' advancement in this year's playoffs (Give 'Em Howl, May 31), I am starting to think that maybe it's not just those...

June 21, 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.

June 21, 2004 | Steve Rushin
Voted by his peers, in an SI poll, as the fourth-best-dressed player in baseball, Reggie Sanders is an accomplished outfielder and fashion critic, part Mickey Rivers, part Joan Rivers. Ask him to...

June 21, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Tennis fans will have plenty to look forward to during the next fortnight at Wimbledon: strawberries, cream...and their favorite players choking

June 21, 2004 | Austin Murphy
The addition of a fifth game won't fix what ails the BCS

June 21, 2004 | Julia Morrill
A disgraced Little League star finds redemption in his high school title game

June 21, 2004 | Julia Morrill
1,212Combined career home runs for Baltimore's Rafael Palmeiro (537) and San Francisco's Barry Bonds (675) after last Saturday's Orioles-Giants game, in which they became the first two members of...

June 21, 2004 | Julia Morrill
With increasing regularity, college basketball coaches are losing their jobs over players who bring little—if anything—to their programs.

June 21, 2004
DefectedTo the United States, Cuba's top young slugger, Kendry Morales. The 21-year-old outfielder and first baseman fled Cuba on June 5 aboard a boat with 17 others. After 28 hours at sea,...

June 21, 2004
Died

June 21, 2004 | Bill Scheft
Saw The Chronicles of Riddick. What a rip-off. Over two hours, not one mention of boot camp or the parachute guy.

June 21, 2004 | Richard Deitsch
The 38-year-old actor stars in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, which opens on Friday.

June 21, 2004
Katrina Cam Pins, the leggy Miami real estate exec from Donald Trump's The Apprentice, is making the move from the boardroom to the sidelines. The 24-year-old football fanatic, who counts several...

June 21, 2004
Had Dick Vitale been in Shanghai last Thursday, he certainly would have touted these aspiring sumo wrestlers as diaper dandies. A group of local kids socked it to 297-pound Tokitsuumi, who was...

June 21, 2004
Bottled water given to the visiting team at a professional soccer game in Athens was found to be spiked with haloperidol, a powerful tranquilizer.

June 21, 2004
KID ROCKTalking to LeBron James on NBA TV before Game 4 of the Finals: "I didn't go to college either, and check me out."

June 21, 2004 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

June 21, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
•Nate Rubin is an "aspiring writer and animal lover" who as an overweight kid was teased and tormented. His hero? Rocky Balboa. "I always wanted to feel like a champ...like I went the distance,"...

June 21, 2004 | Nancy Ramsey
THE POLL POSITION

June 21, 2004
Sarah Huarte, SHINGLE SPRINGS, CALIF.GolfHuarte, a senior at Cal, won the Honda Collegiate Women's Sports Award, presented to the nation's top golfer. Her victory in the NCAA Division I...

June 21, 2004
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

June 21, 2004 | Kenny Moore
Nearly 30 years after Steve Prefontaine's death, his gritty spirit still inspires runners, especially at the Pre Classic in Eugene

June 21, 2004 | Kenny Moore
For more about sports in Oregon and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

June 21, 2004 | Terry Baker
After nearly leaving the state, the author won a Heisman by staying put

June 21, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
Oregonians weigh in on sports*

June 21, 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'?68.2Rank: 42nd (tied with South Dakota) of first 48 states polled

June 21, 2004 | Compiled by Bill Syken
To read an SI Flashback story about the University of Oregon's Cinderella journey to the 1995 Rose Bowl, see a classic SI photo of Steve Prefontaine or vote for the best athlete born in the Beaver...

June 21, 2004 | Jack McCallum
Demonstrating how to beat a high-priced, high-maintenance glamour team, Detroit's band of castoffs pulled together to take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals

June 21, 2004 | Jack McCallum
More playoff coverage, plus analysis from Jack McCallum, at si.com/basketball.

June 21, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Win or lose, the Lakers' fate has always hinged on Bryant

June 21, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
Dwight Howard, the likely No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, is on a mission to do God's work by playing transcendent basketball

June 21, 2004 | Ian Thomsen
More analysis of the June 24 NBA draft at si.com/basketball.

June 21, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Seven time zones and 3,000 miles from his Times Square base, agent JAY GROSSMAN hunts hockey talent

June 21, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
Identified as an NBA prospect, a 7'1" Nigerian teenager must decide whom to trust and where to develop his skill.

June 21, 2004 | L. Jon Wertheim
A weak Canadian dollar and public unwillingness to cater to owners' bottom lines is driving teams south

June 21, 2004 | Peter King
Don't count out Rich Gannon in Oakland, which has the most intriguing battle in an off-season marked by quarterback flux

June 21, 2004
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June 21, 2004
U.S. Open season: All the scoop from Shinnecock Hills, including leader boards and daily analysis from SI experts Gary Van Sickle and Seth Davis at si.com/golf.

June 21, 2004 | Michael Silver
As he struggles to regain his Cy Young form, Oakland's free-spirited lefty is relying on his best stuff: positive thoughts and faith in himself

June 21, 2004 | Michael Silver
Complete baseball coverage, including Tom Verducci's weekly mailbag and Inside Baseball column, at si.com/baseball.

June 21, 2004 | Chris Ballard
These three play. Your neighbor plays. Your boss plays. Everybody plays. Once the secret preserve of stats geeks, FANTASY SPORTS are now a billion-dollar business

June 21, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Here, according to a 2003 survey of 449 fantasy players that was conducted for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association by the University of Mississippi's Kim Beason, is a snapshot of the fantasy...

June 21, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Determining the size of the ever-growing fantasy sports industry—the Gross Rotisserie Product—is not an exact science. How, for example, to account for the phone bills inflated by "trade talk" and...

June 21, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Rock Musician and inveterate fantasy player Meat Loaf (right) entered the draft game at the National Fantasy Baseball Championships, which uses players from all big league clubs. (He also entered...

June 21, 2004 | Chris Ballard
For actor and team owner Michael J. Fox the addictive powers of fantasy baseball became apparent five summers ago when he was on vacation in Florence with his family. Between sightseeing jaunts,...

June 21, 2004 | Chris Ballard
Those who play fantasy baseball, football and basketball have it easy. Each of those games relies primarily on obvious and readily available statistics: touchdowns and homers, for instance, on...

June 21, 2004
Baseball

June 21, 2004 | Albert Chen
Six teams that lost 90-plus games in 2003 got a jump on the favorites

June 21, 2004 | Albert Chen
SI polled 25 team executives, asking them to rank six surprise clubs of 2004-the Brewers, Mets, Padres, Rangers, Reds and Tigers—in order of the likelihood they will sustain their early success. A...

June 21, 2004 | Tom Verducci
KEEPING THE PLAYOFFS WILD

June 21, 2004 | Michael Farber
Jarome Iginla, a one-man gang for Calgary, is SI's Player of the Year

June 21, 2004 | Michael Farber
One of these top-caliber players could be the league's next breakout star

June 21, 2004 | Michael Farber
Will Jarome Iginla become SI's Sportsman of the Year for 2004? To cast your vote, and to get more NHL Player of the Year coverage, go to si.com/hockey.