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December 8, 2003 Table Of Contents

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Catching Up With...

Tim Shaw, Olympic Swimmer AUGUST 4, 1975

By Brian Cazeneuve

Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary

The Good Times Roll At the BAYOU CLASSIC in New Orleans, Grambling State and Southern throw a football party that puts Mardi Gras to shame

By Michael Bamberger

Cowboys Country In the Steeler great's native Shreveport, the gridiron heroes played for Dallas

By Terry Bradshaw

The Poll Louisianans 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 Louisiana's top 50 homegrown sports figures, go to

Compiled by Bill Syken

Pro Football

No Pain, No Gain Offensive linemen do thankless work in the trenches, trying to outhit and outwit opponents. Few fans even know their names, but no team goes far without them

By Michael Silver

Second-And-Five A play in the life of Jonathan Ogden, who explains why blocking isn't nearly as easy as it looks

By Peter King

Dissing The D Rams tackle Kyle Turley has a great deal to say about defensive linemen, and--surprise!--none of it is good

By Josh Elliott

Calling Card For the Panthers' Jeff Mitchell and other NFL centers, making adjustments at the line is anything but a snap

By Jeffri Chadiha

Pro Basketball

The Jazz Has A Brand-new Beat That old refrain of Stockton-to-Malone is over, and youngsters Andrei Kirilenko and Carlos Arroyo have given Utah an up-tempo game

By Chris Ballard; David Sabino


Now Pitching For Boston... By landing ace Curt Schilling, the Red Sox pulled off the coup of the young off-season and fired the first shot in their latest battle with the Yankees

By Daniel G. Habib

Spin-Doctoring Who's going where in the weeks ahead? Our wheel tells all

By Albert Chen

College Football

So Good, Too Soon? Driven by tragedy, sophomore Larry Fitzgerald has become the nation's top wideout, perhaps its best player. The pros want him, but will the NFL let him in a year early?

By Tim Layden


He Drinks, He Smokes, He Fights, He Wins Welterweight champion Ricardo Mayorga, a reckless fighter with an unruly lifestyle, is boxing's hottest ticket. Next show: Dec. 13

By L. Jon Wertheim Special Reporting By Luis Fernando Llosa


What's My Line? To the men in Las Vegas who set point spreads, the true sport is the eternal quest for the perfect number

By Bruce Schoenfeld

Testing Limits Sports books, always averse to risk, might be driving high rollers to the Internet

By Richard Hoffer


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside The NFL

Just Like Old Times The Rams showed flashes of their championship season while streaking to an easy win over the Vikings

By Peter King

Refs That Teams Don't Want To See Flag-happy Officiating Crews

By Peter King

Bengals Passer Earns His Stripes Jon Kitna's Breakout Season

By Peter King

Trading E-Mail With... Chiefs kicker Morten Andersen, 43, who hopes to be playing at 50

By Peter King; Morten Andersen

King's Corner

By Peter King

Back from Boise Boosts Bears

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

Inside College Basketball

Odd Couple Roommates helped Georgia Tech cinch a shocking preseason NIT title

By Seth Davis

Three Pointer

By Seth Davis

Inside The NBA

A Happy Warrior After seven seasons of so-so play, Golden State center Erick Dampier is finally making the most of his minutes

By George Dohrmann

Scout's Take

By George Dohrmann

Inside College Football

Big-Time Ben Though he toils in obscurity at Miami (Ohio), Ben Roethlisberger looks to scouts like a future NFL star

By Phil Taylor

Inside The NHL

Bench Mark A coaching change was the turning point for Colorado's Alex Tanguay

By Stephen Cannella

Windfall For Teams Up North Strong Canadian Dollar

By Stephen Cannella

In The Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Ram Shackled

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


Toys Were Us

By Steve Rushin

Mind Over Batter No one had a better head for pitching than Warren Spahn

By Roger Kahn Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Return Of The Native A soccer hero came home last week, and no one rejoiced

By S.L. Price 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

Channel Changer

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Q+A Darko Milicic

By Darko Milicic; Richard Deitsch Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Sports Beat

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

The Week Ahead What To Watch And Watch For

By Julia Morrill Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Under Review

By Richard Deitsch Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Faces In The Crowd

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Trivial Matters

By David Sabino Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel