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November 10, 2003 Table Of Contents

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Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary

Eight Is Enough In small towns across the prairie, there's no bigger event than Eight-Man Football

By John Garrity

Wilt's World The legendary Jayhawks center cut a wide swath through Lawrence

By Grant Wahl

The Poll Kansans weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Bill Syken

Who & Where

Compiled by Bill Syken

Greatest Moment

Compiled by Bill Syken


Compiled by Bill Syken

Memorable Quote

Compiled by Bill Syken

Alltime Best For Kansas' top 50 homegrown sports figures, go to

Compiled by Bill Syken

College Football

Trojan Force Led by zealous coach Pete Carroll, USC is summoning up memories of Pac-10 glory and making an impassioned run at its first outright national title in three decades

By Tim Layden

Hokie Heaven Virginia Tech remedied 10 days of hell with one night of glory: by beating Miami

By Kelley King


Next Stop: Greatness

Take it from Wayne Gretzky. The player with the best chance to break his scoring records is Sidney Crosby, a 16-year-old center in Quebec juniors

By Michael Farber

Pro Football

2,105 Yards THE CHASE IS ON The Ravens' Jamal Lewis, with a new maturity and sense of purpose, is leading the NFL in rushing--and stalking the single-season record

By Jeffri Chadiha

Pro Basketball

Reality Showtime Sniping superstars, new cast members, a series in development. Must-see TV? No, just the Lakers getting started on what could be a great season

By Jack McCallum; David Sabino

I Dream Of Jeanie There's no shortage of plot lines for a drama on the Lakers' leading lady

By Jack McCallum


Andy Roddick Is Just Like You Well, except for being the U.S. Open champion and being ranked No. 1 in the world and dating Mandy Moore. Other than that, he's Everyman

By L. Jon Wertheim


The Other Brother Like his famous father, Archie, and younger siblings, Peyton and Eli, Cooper Manning had NFL-caliber talent. Then his body betrayed him

By John Ed Bradley

Cooper On Peyton The Colts star sized up by his favorite high school receiver

By John Ed Bradley

Cooper On Eli You've come a long way, baby brother, and can go a lot further

By John Ed Bradley

50th Anniversary

The Cover Story Why getting covered by SI is complicated

By Terry McDonell

The List With SI's best faces forward, here is the magazine's Top 10*--the athletes who've been on the most covers, and all the contenders for the crown. To see all the covers of your favorites, go to

Most Covers by Sport For SI's purposes, they're all good sports--some are just more popular than others. And in case you're wondering, bridge made the cover three times (below)

Big Style Little kids like to play dress-up, and sometimes big ones do too. In general SI supports such playful diversions ... but if someone with a camera hands you a toga and laurel, run

Yankees Win Again ...and not a Marlin in sight. Here are all the covers featuring the team that has been on the front of SI the most, from Yogi to "Yogi's Back" to Rocket's glare

Heavyweights Being heavyweight champion of the world is no guarantee that you'll be on the cover (tough luck, Lennox Lewis), but it worked for these tough guys

Bad News Performance enhancers are a big story today, as they were back in 1969, while cocaine tainted a Final Four upset and caused the stunning death of a No. 1 NBA pick

Deja Vu Mirror, mirror, on the wall, why did a picture of Mike Schmidt and George Brett (right) run twice? The redundancy was intentional in that case (to celebrate the end of a midseason strike), but the editors can't use that excuse every time

Jinx Statisticians and fatalists know that everybody has to lose some time--but why does it happen so often for a team the week after it's touted on the cover of SI?

Fathers and Sons What prouder moment for a father than to see his son on the cover of SI? Unless, of course, Dad beat his boy to the punch, which has happened several times. Oedipus never dealt with anything this complex

Still Hot at 40

The Cover Index (All 2,548* Of Them)

The Photographers The best shooters are as competitive as the athletes they cover, so SI helps them keep score (and, yes, this list includes Joe DiMaggio, but, no, it's not the Yankee Clipper)


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside College Football

Like Ole Times Mississippi, led by Eli Manning, is atop the SEC for the first time in 40 years

By Kelley King

Pittsburgh WR Larry Fitzgerald versus Virginia Tech CB Eric Green

By Kelley King

The Race For No. 2 Here are the five one-loss teams vying for the second spot in the BCS rankings behind Oklahoma, and their outlook the rest of the way.

By Phil Taylor

Unheralded, and Unstoppable Oklahoma's Dan Cody

By Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor's Sidelines

By Phil Taylor

Inside The NFL

Second Blessing In leading an upset of the Rams, Tim Rattay proved the 49ers have a backup quarterback they can count on

By Peter King

Will Sophomore Challenge Draft? Pitt's Larry Fitzgerald

By Peter King

Trading E-Mail With... Panthers kicker John Kasay, 18 for 18 on field goal tries this season

By John Kasay; Peter King

King's Corner

By Peter King

Shipp Shines As Emmitt's Sub

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

Inside The NBA

Bird Watch Boston is now Paul Pierce's team, but can he live up to Larry's legacy?

By Ian Thomsen

Scout's Take

Queer Eye for the Sports Guy

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


Cover to Cover

Can This Marriage Be Saved?

By Steve Rushin

Back on the Bike After a year of marital problems, and a brutally close Tour de France, Lance Armstrong is steering toward a new course

By Austin Murphy Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Racing the Flames The California fires touched the lives of athletes great and obscure

By Mark Bechtel Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Go Figure Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

For The Record Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel


Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Radio Blaze

By Gary Smith Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Q+A Burt Reynolds

By Burt Reynolds; Richard Deitsch Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Sports Beat Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Under Review

By Richard Deitsch Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel


By Julia Morrill Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Incoming Class

By David Sabino Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel