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January 12, 2004 Table Of Contents

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Catching Up With...

Kelly Downs and Billy Kehl OCTOBER 30, 1989

By Melissa Segura

Fifty Ways To Leave Your Owner

By Steve Rushin

Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary

Drawn By Huskies UConn's two highly ranked basketball teams are by far the state's No. 1 sports attraction

By Michael Bamberger

Betwixt and Between For too long the Nutmeg State was lost in a sports no-man's-land

By S.L. Price

The Poll Nutmeggers weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Bill Syken

Who & Where

Compiled by Bill Syken

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

Compiled by Bill Syken

Memorable Quote

Compiled by Bill Syken

Greatest Moment

Compiled by Bill Syken


Compiled by Bill Syken

College Football

Splitsville A winner-takes-half formula leaves both USC and LSU with a share of the national crown

By Austin Murphy; Tim Layden

If LSU Met USC... What would happen if the Tigers faced the Trojans to determine who's really No. 1?

By Phil Taylor

The 2004 Top 10 It's never too early for a look ahead. Here's a very early forecast for next season

By Kelley King

SI's All-Bowl Team Here are 24 stars--and the outstanding coach--from the 29 postseason games

By Kelley King

Let The Hype Begin Jason White returns, but he won't be favored. Meet the 2004 Heisman front-runners

By Kelley King

Pro Basketball

Can This Man Save The Blazers? That may be too much to ask of 22-year-old Zach Randolph, a megatalent known for the sort of behavior that's alienated so many Portland fans

By Ian Thomsen

NFL Playoffs

Do You Believe...? Behind the inspired play of Brett Favre, Green Bay continued its magical run

By Peter King

Off the Schneid Peyton Manning and Indianapolis blew away Denver for a long-awaited postseason win

By Michael Silver

No-name No More Unheralded Keith Bulluck and the Tennessee defense stopped Baltimore in its tracks

By Josh Elliott

At the Top of His Game With less lip and more production, wideout Steve Smith helped Carolina dump Dallas

By Jeffri Chadiha

Dr. Z's Forecast In a weekend of tight matchups, the Colts will be the only underdog to advance

By Paul Zimmerman

Sports Illustrated Exclusive

Pete Rose: "I Bet On Baseball"

By Tom Verducci


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside The NBA

A New York Minuteman Isiah Thomas's rapid makeover of the Knicks may end with him on the bench

By Ian Thomsen

Production Low, Effort Lacking Kwame Brown's Progress

By Chris Ballard

Ian Thomsen's Fast Break

By Ian Thomsen

Inside College Basketball

Ball Hawks With peerless Jameer Nelson calling the shots, Saint Joseph's has passed and pressed to its best start ever

By Seth Davis

How Duke Exposed UConn Anatomy of a Comeback

By Seth Davis

Ignored Martin Evens The Score Catamount Out of the Bag

By Seth Davis

Instant Messaging With ... Oklahoma's diminutive freshman point guard Drew Lavender, whose 11.5 points and 4.3 assists a game have helped the Sooners to a 10-0 start

By Seth Davis; Drew Lavender

Free Throws

By Seth Davis

Inside Hockey

Worldbeater Al Montoya made the big stops as the U.S. juniors won a gold medal

By Stephen Cannella

In The Crease

By Pierre McGuire

It's IncrediBowl!

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


I Will Play Again Six months after his devastating motorcycle accident, Bulls guard Jay Williams tells where he's been, and where he intends to go

By Jay Williams Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Works of Art Ravens' Modell says, "Nevermore"

By Peter King 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

The Good Life

By Don Yaeger Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Q+A Robert Plant

By John Clarke Jr.; Robert Plant Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel

Sports Beat

Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel


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

For Pete's Sake

By David Sabino Edited by Kostya Kennedy and Mark Bechtel