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December 17, 2001 Table Of Contents

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Catching Up With...

Tom Maentz And Ron Kramer NOVEMBER 12, 1956

By Tim Alan Smith

Si View

The Week In TV Sports

By Richard Deitsch

Against The Groin For the truly odd sports record, the venerable Guinness Book is still hard to beat

By Steve Rushin

Hoop Highway In his trusty 1997 Honda, a website reporter hits the road to cover 2,000 miles and 27 games in 19 days

By John O'Keefe

Sunday Best

By Richard Deitsch

Pro Football

Vintage Reserve As if they didn't already have enough ways to score, the Rams uncorked beloved veteran wideout Ricky Proehl, who showed the 49ers he still has plenty of legs

By Michael Silver

Still Not A Saint New Orleans coach Jim Haslett has mellowed a bit since his raucous playing days, but no one would accuse him of being a choirboy

By Michael Silver

Hands-on Training With the NFL sack record within reach, Giants defensive end Michael Strahan shares his secrets for taking down the quarterback

By Peter King

College Basketball

New 'Cats, Old 'Cat In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, reluctant returnee Jason Gardner and a slew of freshmen have Arizona off to a shockingly fast start

By Grant Wahl

College Football

Merry Christmas A Cubs washout from Santa Claus came off the bench to give LSU its best present in years and ruin Tennessee's holidays

By Kelley King

Pro Basketball

Bad Behavior In a nod to the old days, tight teamwork and rugged defense have the Pistons pumping again

By Chris Ballard; David Sabino

The Tao Of Steve The Mavericks' Steve Nash has found a winning philosophy by tempering his you-first attitude with a little selfishness

By Richard Hoffer

Winter Games

The Olympic Family Jim Jr. is favored to become the third Shea Olympian, following his dad and granddad, the oldest U.S. Winter gold medalist

By E.M. Swift


The Power Of Two Spurring each other on Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson carried Arizona to victory in the World Series--and enthralled a nation

By Tom Verducci


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside The NFL

Inside The NFL

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

Inside College Basketball

Inside College Basketball

By Seth Davis

Giant Killer Pepperdine, under new coach Paul Westphal, beats UCLA and USC

By Seth Davis

Inside The NHL

Inside The NHL

By Daniel G. Habib; Mark Beech

In The Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Inside The NBA

Inside The NBA

By Ian Thomsen

Can't Ty Him Down

By Rick Reilly


The Buddy System Two old friends and teammates led Santa Clara's women to their first NCAA title

By Kelli Anderson

On The Board Early Only 14, Hikaru Nakamura is the best young U.S. player since Bobby Fischer

By Jeff Pearlman

Gear A handy item for tracking weather and a classic that does almost everything else

By Mark Beech

Plenty To Smile About North Dakota wrote a happy ending to its upbeat season, winning a national title

By Mark Bechtel

Leading Off



By Austin Murphy; Alexander Wolff; E.M. Swift; Tom Russo Edited by Albert Kim and Mark Mravic

Faces In The Crowd

Edited by Albert Kim and Mark Mravic

Sudden Impact

Edited by Albert Kim and Mark Mravic

The Village Idiots The U.S. team is still tainted by the cover-up of a Nagano rooms-trashing

By Michael Farber