8 Leading Off
Pumped up about those Pistons
18 Editor's Letter
21 Air and Space
A brotherhood of jocks gamely fights a rare cancer by Steve
--Beyond hot dogs: Competitive eating joins the big time
--China tries to suppress its checkered Olympic history
--Look out, America! Here comes three-hour league cricket
--Now it can be told: Marlon Brando owed his career to ...
38 Faces in the Crowd
156 The Life of Reilly
A-Rod, can't you please live up to my adolescent fantasies?
by Rick Reilly
SI'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
42 America Speaks
We wrap up our yearlong celebration of sports in the 50
states with our national poll results and a look at the
greats from the District of Columbia
46 Splendor on the Grass
Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer beat America's best at
by S.L. Price
56 "The Perfect Player"
Do-it-all star Scott Rolen embodies the Cardinal virtues in
by Tom Verducci
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
57 BLASTS FROM THE PAST
64 Cirque de L.A.
To please Kobe Bryant, the Lakers tried to hire Mike
by Jack McCallum
68 Gods Must Be Crazy
In a stunning victory, the underdogs from Greece won Euro
by Grant Wahl
76 Forever Growlin'
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus, 61, is as
ornery as ever
by Rick Telander
84 Hitting Cleanup
Lenny Dykstra, once a down-and-dirty ballplayer, is a car
by Alan Shipnuck
90 Where's the Chief?
Robert Parish left the NBA vowing never to return. But he
can't stay away
by Leigh Montville
108 The Flip of the Flop
How did Tony Mandarich regain self-respect after being a
by Austin Murphy
118 La Dolce Vita!
Former boxing champ Marvin Hagler wants to be an Italian
by L. Jon Wertheim
140 Life After Wide Right
Super Bowl goat Scott Norwood has left his worst moment
by Karl Taro Greenfeld
Plus Carl Yastrzemski, Steve Cauthen, jock politicians, U.S. gold
medal gymnasts, David Clyde, Derek Sanderson, Greg Luzinski, Hoop
Dreams stars, Eric Heiden, Andrea Jaeger and more.
PHOTOGRAPH BY SIMON BRUTY
INSET PHOTOS: NEIL LEIFER (LEFT); GREG FOSTER
COVER FLAP PHOTO: WALTER IOOSS JR.
B/W PHOTO: HEINZ KLUETMEIER (LEFT)
COLOR PHOTO: RAFAEL FUCHS EX-MET LIFE Today Lenny Dykstra chooses not to run.
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