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September 23, 2002 Table Of Contents

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Si Adventure

Launch Party After a summer chillin' with Sheryl Crow and boosting off killer waves, Rusty Sage is back in school, plotting ways to reinvent the kayak

By Chris Ballard

Just Perfect Motocross is a dirty business, but Ricky Carmichael was unswerving in his dash to a spotless season

By Mark Bechtel

Old Man River At age 47, and with Huck Finn in his heart, Slovenian Martin Strel became the first man to swim--yes, swim--the Mississippi

By Lars Anderson


By Mark Beech; Kelli Anderson

Indoor Adventure

By Charles Hirschberg

Jack McBroom Speed Climber

By Jack McBroom; Yi-Wyn Yen

Gender Flap

By Austin Murphy

Golf Plus

What's Up With Calc? Fighting a slump and coping with a divorce, Mark Calcavecchia is the Belfry's big question mark

By Chris Hodenfield

Super Killer Ryder Cup Quiz Think you know everything about the Ryder Cup? Try our 32-question brainteaser

By Gary Van Sickle and Sal Johnson

Lanny's Morning Line The author, who should know, has an early tip for you: To see where the Cup is won or lost, watch how the players handle five critical holes

By Lanny Wadkins

Getting to Know U

By Steve Rushin

Making It Personal A battle-scarred veteran recalls three of the most contentious Cups ever

By Paul Azinger As Told To Gary Van Sickle

The Week

By Michael Bamberger Edited By Alan Shipnuck

Big Play Billy Andrade has retooled his swing in search of more consistency, but it let him down on Sunday, costing him the Pennsylvania Classic

By Brad Redding Edited by Alan Shipnuck

Bottom Lines

By Sal Johnson Edited By Alan Shipnuck

Bob Gilder With a recent victory tear, the mild-mannered Senior sophomore is making a push for player of the year

By Bob Gilder Edited By Alan Shipnuck

Why It's Better to Be Worse

By Cameron Morfit

Catching Up With...

Mike Souchak, Golfer JANUARY 16, 1956

By John O'Keefe


Loser Goes Home In the latest installment of their storied rivalry, the Dodgers and the Giants are at it again, battling for the National League wild card

By Tom Verducci

College Football

The Gold Standard A 3-0 start under new coach Tyrone Willingham has the Fighting Irish faithful hoping Notre Dame's luster has been restored

By Albert Chen


By Lars Anderson


By Ivan Maisel


Getting down to business Fernando Vargas brought his rage and muscle to the ring, but Oscar De La Hoya had the savvy and skills to make a bloody 11th-round TKO look as measured as a day at the office

By Richard Hoffer

Track And Field

The New 100m World Record 9.78 Seconds Tim Montgomery, training partner and new beau of Marion Jones, ran the race of his life in Paris

By Tim Layden

Pro Football

The Matchup Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher and Falcons quarterback Michael Vick showed off their speed and athleticism in a showdown between two of the league's hottest young stars

By Peter King


The Best There Ever Was

For the author—a Baltimore native and future sportswriter—the Colts’ quarterback was more than a boyhood hero. He was an inspiration for the entire city

By Frank Deford

The Unitas Quiz In Barry Levinson's Diner, set in the Baltimore of 1959, the young hero insists that his fiancee pass an impossibly difficult Colts trivia test before he'll agree to marry her. This became known as The Quiz.

By Barry Levinson

Talking Football In an interview more than two decades after his last game, the old pro showed the passion of an All-Pro still in his prime

By Paul Zimmerman

Field General Mass substitutions, sophisticated defenses and the pressure to win add up to one conclusion--we'll never see another Johnny U

By Peter King


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside The NFL

Inside The NFL

By Jeffri Chadiha; Josh Elliott

King's Corner

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

Inside College Football

Inside College Football

By Ivan Maisel

Inside Baseball

Inside Baseball

By Stephen Cannella

Earning Their Pinstripes

By Rick Reilly


Out of the Fog After a vicious hit knocked him out of the playoffs, Montreal's Richard Zednik is ready for camp

By Brian Cazeneuve Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Fast Study In just his third year in CART, Cristiano da Matta is speeding toward the winningest season ever

By Mark Bechtel

Cashing Out Jeremy Bloom wanted to play for Colorado so badly that he gave up lucrative skiing endorsements

By Kelley King Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Playing with the Pros In a test of the latest NFL video games, most of which become more realistic with each new edition, SI's master of the control pad crowns a new champ

By Mark Bechtel Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Leading Off



By Jeff Pearlman; George Dohrmann; Mark Beech Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Q+A Rick Schroder

By Rick Schroder Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Sports Beat

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Faces In The Crowd

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch