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March 22, 2004 Table Of Contents

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A Blast of Arctic Air Created as an event by riders, for riders, the Arctic Challenge has become snowboarding's coolest ticket

By Mark Beech

Members Only As it turns 100, the storied Explorers Club gathers an intrepid Who's Who for a very adventurous party

By Franz Lidz

The Queen vs. the King Six-time women's surfing world champion, Layne Beachley, will take on that other six-time champ, Kelly Slater, at this week's Australian Open

By Julia Morrill Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

Out There

Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen


Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

Indoor Adventure Ironman legend Scott Tinley examines the feelings of loss and depression many athletes experience when they retire

By Austin Murphy Edited by Yi-Wyn Yen

What It Takes On giant walls in Spain, this top climber from California will be hauling her weight

Selling Gear, Not Selling Out

By Austin Murphy

The Real Dream Job

By Steve Rushin

Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary: Sports In America

High School Heaven Never mind the Twins, Vikings, T-Wolves and Wild--there's nothing in Minnesota to match the state hockey tournament

By George Dohrmann

The Poll Minnesotans weigh in on sports*

Compiled by Bill Syken

Who & Where

Compiled by Bill Syken

Alltime Best For Minnesota'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

Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary

Goal Driven The SI columnist grew up in the Land of 10,000 Kinds of Hockey

By Steve Rushin

Pro Basketball

Kobe's Two Worlds Juggling his appearances in court with those on the court, Kobe Bryant is playing some of the best basketball of his NBA career

By Karl Taro Greenfeld


The Passion Of J.D. Drew Atlanta's new outfielder has spent his career fighting injuries, insults and those who say his religious devotion keeps him from stardom

By Jeff Pearlman

Comeback Kids Look for these players, injured last season, to have big years

By Albert Chen

NHL Special Report

Code Red After another horrific on-the-ice attack, the NHL has to clean the violence from its game or slide into oblivion

By Michael Farber

No-See TV With ratings sinking, the NHL prepares to take a hit as it renegotiates its TV contract

By Stephen Cannella

Ncaa Preview 2004

Game Breakers

They may be stars or sixth men, but when everything's on the line in the NCAAs, they lift their teams with streak shooting, a key steal, a timely swat. Who'll they be this year?

By Phil Taylor

Want A Quality Shot? Ditch The Trey! Here's SI's theory on which style of offense might give teams the best chance to advance

By John O'Keefe

5 Minute Guide A fast look at who's hot and who's not as the Big Dance begins

By Seth Davis

Power Shift For the first time in years there's no dominant team--which opens the door for Duke and Texas to make their move

By Kelli Anderson

Which One? SI's Complete Bracket Breakdown

By Grant Wahl


A Yank In Manchester In an adventure too improbable for him to have even imagined, American Tim Howard has emerged as a star in goal for soccer's most fabled club

By S.L. Price


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside The NBA

Cool Head Terry Porter has rallied the Bucks by preaching patience, not panic

By Ian Thomsen

Hard Work Required Reviving Orlando

By Ian Thomsen

Scout's Take

By Ian Thomsen

Inside Tennis

Go in Style? Serena and Venus Williams could retire today with heads held high

By L. Jon Wertheim

A New Norse Invasion

By L. Jon Wertheim

Inside Boxing

Wright On! Winky Wright unified the 154-pound crown with a win over Shane Mosley

By Richard Hoffer

Score One for the Good Guys

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


The Other March Madness Bracket fever is gripping the nation--and there's a big college basketball tournament going on, too. Here's how we see things playing out

By Mark Mravic; Richard O'Brien Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Long And Winding Road Trip With its country in turmoil, Haiti's soccer team tries to stay in the game

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Go Figure

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Lead-off Man Walter Bingham remembers SI's first managing editor

By Walter Bingham Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

For The Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Szuminski Watch

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Dallas Does Drew

By Peter King Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

The Show

By Bill Scheft Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Q+A The Amazing Kreskin

By Richard Deitsch; Kreskin Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Sports Beat

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

The Week Ahead What To Watch And Watch For

By Julia Morrill Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Bleep This

By Richard Deitsch Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Ubiquitous Ute

By Sridhar Pappu Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Sridhar Pappu