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LETTERS

LETTERS

CATCHING UP WITH

Rolando Blackman, All-Star Guard

MARCH 23, 1981

By Farrell Evans

AIR AND SPACE

Ads Nauseam

By Steve Rushin

SCORECARD

Faces in the Crowd

SI Players

Priest Holmes

Chiefs Running Back

By Priest Holmes

Puttin' on The Hits

Defensive players practically wax poetic when describing the joys of making a clean, hard tackle

The Questions with Freddie Mitchell

Eagles Receiver

By Freddie Mitchell

Who's Hot Who's Not

SI Players Poll

(Based on a survey of 354 players)

Gritty City

Steel yourself for a tour of the town that gave us Andy Warhol and Art Rooney

By Adam Duerson

SI PLAYERS

Wideout Workout

The Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald tells how he trained to make football's jump of the year

By Lisa Altobelli

Baseball/Boston Red Sox

Now Comes the Hard Part

Having won their first World Series in 86 years, the Red Sox face some difficult roster decisions--and, for once, the challenge to repeat

By Tom Verducci

What's Cooking on the Hot Stove

By Tom Verducci

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

This Time They're For Real

After failing to live up to their top billing last year, the revitalized Auburn Tigers have dominated the SEC this fall--and are clawing at the door of the BCS title game

By Austin Murphy

PRO FOOTBALL

Ben There, Done That

Playing more like a seasoned veteran than a raw rookie, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has led the surprising Steelers to the top of the AFC

By Michael Silver

PRO BASKETBALL

A Hero in Hiding

As an Olympic idol and the highest-paid athlete in Argentina, the Spurs' Manu Ginobili is an inspiration to his people, but an object of extreme--sometimes dangerous--scrutiny

By Chris Ballard

Funk Brothers

What up, Dog? The ratings of Atlanta's 790 the Zone, that's what, after the station unleashed Ryan and Doug Stewart in the previously lily-white arena of sports-talk radio

By John Helyar

Inside

Inside

The Week In Sports

Inside The NFL

Dumbstruck

A Super Bowl contender entering the season, the mistake-prone Seahawks haven't looked like a smart pick lately

By Peter King

Is Patience Paying Off?

VICK'S RED-HOT DAY

By Jeffri Chadiha

Happy Days for McCardell

SAN DIEGO'S CATCH

By Josh Elliott

King's Corner

By Peter King

A Wind-Win Situation

DISPATCHES

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

Inside College Football

Shocking Blue

Suddenly potent North Carolina stunned unbeaten Miami and may have saved coach John Bunting's job

By Phil Taylor

Three and Out

By Stewart Mandel

Don't Mess With Johnson

DEFENSIVE DEMON

By Kelley King

Phil Taylor's Sidelines

By Phil Taylor

Inside Horse Racing

Neck and Neck

Ghostzapper took the Breeders' Cup Classic and made his Horse of the Year race with Smarty Jones a photo finish

By Tim Layden

LIFE OF REILLY

Banding Together

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Leading Off

Gator Bait

After getting rid of Ron Zook, Florida fans would love to lure Steve Spurrier back to Gainesville. But can the ol' ball coach and the Florida faithful live happily ever after?

By Mark Beech

Pressing On

His wife stricken with cancer, Brett Favre has once again found a way to stay focused and play brilliantly in tough times

By Peter King

For the Record

Go Figure

Course Management

The Tour de France has again tweaked its route to slow the defending champ

By Austin Murphy

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A Woody Harrelson

By Woody Harrelson

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Julia Morrill

Under Review

By Mark Bechtel

The Beat

By Lisa Altobelli

The State of Defense in the NBA

NBA Offense: Then and Now

The Poll Position