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January 20, 2003 Table Of Contents

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The Masked Man You may not recognize him, but Mighty Ducks goalie Jean- Sebastien Giguere has become a star

By Daniel G. Habib

Long Road Back A bitter Olympic loss and a slew of personal problems couldn't stop Jean Racine from returning

By Brian Cazeneuve

Francophile After Franco Harris's Immaculate Reception, the author became obsessed with the Steelers' star

By Charles Hirshberg

Si Adventure

Bottom's Up By ski, by balloon and even by bike, adventurers are turning Antarctica from the last frontier into the hot new playground

By E.M. Swift

American Idols Lionized by teens and big-name athletes alike, motocross stars like Ricky Carmichael draw NFL-sized crowds for a roaring, soaring spectacle

By Chris Ballard


By Franz Lidz

One Tough Bunny

By Austin Murphy

Golf Plus

Big Cheese Suddenly a star at 36, Jerry Kelly remains true to his Wisconsin roots

By John Garrity

The Week

Edited By Alan Shipnuck

Big Play Ernie Els's prodigious drives were a hot topic at the Mercedes, but it was deft putts like his 100-foot lag on 13 that were the real keys to victory

By Brad Redding

A Life Well-Lived

By Steve Rushin

Afc Playoffs

Battle at the Black Hole The resilient Titans travel to Oakland's madhouse to try to outwit a Raiders team that's long on experience

One for the Team On a squad devoid of Pro Bowl players, Steve McNair and two unlikely receivers took the Titans to the threshold of the title game

By Josh Elliott

What Happened Last Time RAIDERS 52, TITANS 25

By Paul Zimmerman

Now or Never The grizzled but savvy Raiders easily dispatched the Jets to move within one victory of their first Super Bowl since 1984

By Peter King

And The Winner This Time... RAIDERS 31, TITANS 24

By Paul Zimmerman

NFC Playoffs

Last Stand at the Vet The Eagles have knocked the Bucs out of the playoffs each of the past two years, and they'll have to do it again in their final game at their old home field

Bucs Stopper Derrick Brooks is the quiet leader of a vaunted defense that shut down the 49ers and is the key to Tampa Bay's championship hopes

By Jeffri Chadiha

What Happened Last Time EAGLES 20 BUCS 10

By Paul Zimmerman

Back in Stride Buoyed by Donovan McNabb's speedy recovery, the Eagles advanced to their second straight NFC Championship Game

By Michael Silver

And The Winner This Time Is ... EAGLES 17 BUCS 13

By Paul Zimmerman

Pro Basketball

Raising Arizona Straight out of high school, forward Amare Stoudemire has soared toward the top of the rookie class and boosted fortunes in Phoenix

By Kelli Anderson

College Basketball

Driving Force Guard Diana Taurasi's gender-bending game and relentless style had UConn streaking toward a record

By Michael Bamberger Kelli Anderson


Wild Ride The feel-good story of the first half was overachieving Minnesota, which is in the thick of the playoff race thanks to high-scoring 20-year-old speedster Marian Gaborik

By Michael Farber

Bargains and Busts The best and worst free-agent signings of last off-season, with their contract terms (statistics through Sunday).

By Daniel G. Habib

Who Will Win The Stanley Cup? SI special contributor Pierre McGuire ranks the five teams with the best chance of lifting the chalice this spring, plus a dark horse (statistics through Sunday).

By Pierre McGuire

Master Builder Jerry West—The Agony of Victory

What would possess the man who assembled the championship Lakers to abandon L.A. and move to Memphis to run the toothless Grizzlies? The answer lies inside the head of sports' most talented and tortured executive

By L. Jon Wertheim


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside College Basketball

Inside College Basketball

By Seth Davis; John O'Keefe

Inside College Football

From A Leak To A Flood? More blue-chippers may follow quarterback Chris Leak to Florida

By Kelley King

Inside The NBA

Inside The NBA

By Ian Thomsen

Inside Baseball

Inside Baseball

By Tom Verducci

Robin Williams Takes His Cuts

By Rick Reilly; Robin Williams


Leading Off



By Peter King; Gary Smith; Mark Beech; Pete McEntegart; B.J. Schecter; Stephen CannellaEdited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

Q+A Jeff Foxworthy

By Pete McEntegart; Jeff Foxworthy Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Richard Deitsch

The Show

By Bill ScheftEdited 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