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November 22, 2004 Table Of Contents

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Too Much for the Quakers

In what has become a regular showdown for Ivy supremacy, Harvard ended Penn's conference winning streak

By Franz Lidz

Not a Game, The Game

Harvard-Yale is still one of the most passionate rivalries around

By Dick Friedman

Giving Hooking the Hook

A stricter enforcement of the rules has brought something new to college hockey--some of that old-time scoring

By E.M. Swift

He's No Tackling Dummy

Eagles linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones is as likely to expound on Zen as on the zone blitz

By Franz Lidz

Big Ben Chimes Again

Returned from a Mormon mission in Canada, Ben Olson is the hottest quarterback prospect in the country

By Michael Farber

Boys Interrupted

How three athletes fared upon returning to sports following their Mormon missions

By Gene Menez

Ghost in the House

Ken Burns turns his documentary eye on Jack Johnson, the champ who was a half century ahead of his time

By Franz Lidz

Faces in the Crowd




Getting Up to Speed


Show Him The Money

By Steve Rushin

SI Players


Broncos Cornerback

By Jeffri Chadiha

Tale of My Tattoo

Time to Play Tom Brady's Never-Bored Game

The Questions with Chris Hovan

Vikings Defensive Tackle

By Chris Hovan

Steel Core

How Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger builds a muscular middle

By Amanda Cherrin


Who knew This Side of Paradise was written in the land of purple pros?

By Sarah Thurmond

My Pregame Ritual



Who'S Hot/Who's Not


Based on a survey of 354 players

College Football

Tuesday Night Lights... and Wednesday...and Thursday... and Friday

Hungry for exposure, mid-major schools bow to TV and play any day of the week. On a four-day, four-game road trip, SI found that players, coaches and fans dislike the midweek disruption but will do what's needed to land a big-bowl payday

By Austin Murphy

Auburn's D Gets an A

By Kelley King


Look Who's Back On Top

With Brett Favre working some of his old magic, the Packers held off the Vikings for their fourth straight win and moved into a first-place tie in the NFC North

By Michael Silver


A Moving Experience

When he spurned the Cavaliers and bolted for Utah, Carlos Boozer knew what he'd be getting: a heftier paycheck and a system well-suited to his skills. So did his wife

By Chris Ballard

College Basketball Preview 2004-05

Fast Times

Damn the turnovers and full steam ahead! Today's coaches covet speedy players like never before, and swifties such as East Tennessee State's Tim Smith are changing the game--in a hurry

By Seth Davis


In a wide-open women's championship race with as many as 20 bona fide contenders, expect a pair of SEC stalwarts to be the last ones celebrating

By Kelli Anderson

Many Moves, Many Moods

Is he upbeat or upset? Approachable or guarded? Glowing or glowering? Mercurial scoring machine Rashad McCants of No. 1 North Carolina has all of Tar Heel Nation worriedly trying to read him

By Grant Wahl

5 Minute Guide

A quick run through the top players, coaches and games to watch this season

By Seth Davis

Scouting Reports

North Carolina

If the Tar Heels can just play a little defense to go with their potent offense, they'll win it all

By Grant Wahl

2 Oklahoma State

With talent, depth and a new pilot (literally) at the wing, this team is ready to soar

By Grant Wahl

3 Wake Forest

Electrifying sophomore point guard Chris Paul has put a charge in the Demon Deacons

By Grant Wahl

4 Kansas

Four seniors who have been close to winning a national title might get it on their last try

By Kelli Anderson

5 Georgia Tech

No one's making fun of 7'1" Luke Schenscher anymore--and watch out for his posse

By Grant Wahl

5 Syracuse

Do-it-all guard Gerry McNamara will do less, which means the Orange may do even better

By Luke Winn

7 Connecticut

The Huskies lost their top two players, but Charlie Villanueva is ready to become the go-to guy

By Luke Winn

8 Kentucky

There's only one Chuck Hayes, but that may be enough to take the young Wildcats a long way

By Phil Taylor

9 Illinois

Led by one of the nation's best backcourts, the Illini look poised for an unforgettable year

By Kelli Anderson

10 Maryland

The young, talented Terps need power forward Travis Garrison to show some muscle

By Kelli Anderson

11 Duke

After losing their best player and top recruit, the Blue Devils turn to Shelden Williams

By Phil Taylor

12 Louisville

After absorbing painful lessons last year, Taquan Dean and the Cardinals are ready to roll

By Phil Taylor

13 Pitt

Center Chris Taft is a superstar in the making, and he has the Panthers poised to strike

By Luk Winn

14 Michigan State

A newly dedicated Paul Davis is looking to match expectations for himself and his team

By Richard Deitsch

15 Arizona

For the Wildcats to be top cats, Salim Stoudamire's shooting and head must be straight

By Phil Taylor

16 Mississippi State

After flirting with the NBA, forward Lawrence Roberts returns to power the Bulldogs

By Phil Taylor

17 Washington

Building on last year's success, the confident Huskies feel they can do anything--together

By Kelly Anderson

18 Texas

The Longhorns boast the nation's best crop of recruits and a new wingman in P.J. Tucker

By Richard Deitsch

19 Charlotte

Sooner or later indomitable Curtis Withers won't be the best player nobody knows

By Julia Morrill

Fill the Brackets

The 65-team NCAA tournament includes 31 automatic bids and 34 at-large selections. SI predicts the 45 teams to round out the field

By Seth Davis

20 Alabama

The Tide could rise higher if Kennedy Winston holds up and a rookie point guard excels

By Julia Morrill

College Basketball Previw 2004-05

Local Girl Makes Good

After spurning Tennessee to play in her hometown, Seimone Augustus has LSU eyeing its first national title, a fitting coronation for the queen of Baton Rouge

By Kelli Anderson


Inside The Week In Sports

Fighting Back

The rebuilding Bucs are making progress, but a loss to the Falcons showed they still have work to do

By Peter King

Redskins Turn To Ramsey

By Peter King

Drummond's Instant Offense

By Peter King

King's Corner

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

Say It Ain't Zo

After overcoming a kidney transplant, Alonzo Mourning is thriving with the Nets--even as he plots to leave them

By Ian Thomsen

Scouts' Take

By Ian Thomsen

Inside College Football

Running Wild

With a ground game that averages 243 yards and dominated Wisconsin, how can Michigan State be only .500?

By Mark Beech

Three and Out

By Stewart Mandel

Johnson Makes The Big Plays


By Mark Beech

Cal Coach Fuels Rumor


By Mark Beech

Phil Taylor's Sidelines

By Phil Taylor

Inside Soccer

Rising Son

With a couple of goals in MLS Cup, D.C.'s Alecko Eskandarian conjured up images of his father's glory days

By Grant Wahl


The Silent Treatment

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off

Slinging Mud

Months after a basketball mess, Ohio State AD Andy Geiger is trading accusations with an exfootball star. Now the NCAA has arrived. Welcome to college sports hell

By Tim Layden

King of Hollywood

Our intrepid NFL reporter plays a scribe in the remake of The Longest Yard

By Peter King

Tarnished Gold?

A DUI bust could take Olympic champ Michael Phelps out of the fast lane

By Brian Cazeneuve

Go Figure

One Fast Mother

After 20 years and two kids, a runner returns to collegiate competition

For the Record

A Legacy of Speed

Lennox Miller was an elite sprinter, and a proud papa

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A John Mellencamp

The 53-year-old die-hard Indiana sports fan recently released Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits.

By John Mellencamp

The Beat

By Lisa Altobelli

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Julia Morrill

Under Review

By Nancy Ramsey

Baseball Free-Agent Watch

The Poll Position