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SI Adventure

Business Is Taking Off

Freeride champion Tanner Hall, cofounder of Armada Skis, is just one of a new generation of action sports entrepreneurs who know the future belongs to them

By Daniel G. Habib

Hitting One Through the Gap

A daring jump over Tour riders in France in 2003 has helped a clothing line soar

By Yi-Wyn Yen

Lights! Camera! Action!

From moviemaking to fashion design to Maxim exposure, a snowboarder finds ways to keep busy

By Yi-Wyn Yen

Carving Out a New Market Space

A former pro surfer is reinventing adventure fashion with an eclectic blend of art and commerce

By Yi-Wyn Yen

Taking It to the Streets

By championing his sport's asphalt roots, one skater is rolling up a sizable fortune

By Yi-Wyn Yen

LETTERS

LETTERS

CONTRIBUTORS

It's All About the Team

AIR AND SPACE

The Real Crimson Tide

By Steve Rushin

SCORECARD

Faces in the Crowd

SI Players

PATRICK KERNEY

Falcons Defensive End

By Patrick Kerney

WHO'S Hot/WHO'S Not

SI PLAYERS POLL

Based on a survey of 354 players

The Questions with Dwan Edwards

Ravens Defensive Tackle

By Dwan Edwards

Same Time Last Year

RICHARD ALSTON/ Browns Wide Receiver

By Lisa Altobelli

Feeling Rejected

Expert advice from a newly booted punter

One Sharp Patriot

Richard Seymour is the best dressed player on the NFL's best team

By Lisa Altobelli

The Man ...WHO INFLUENCED ME

Richie Anderson, Dallas Cowboys Fullback

Peyton Place

Twenty years after they came over on the Mayflower (moving vans), the Colts are happily part of the Hoosier landscape

By Adam Duerson

Lion-Hearted

Sportsmen of the Year

The 2004 Boston Red Sox staged the most improbable comeback in baseball history and liberated their long-suffering nation of fans

By Tom Verducci

Sportsmen of the Year

The Saga of the Sox

MOTOR SPORTS

The Race To End All Races

In the closest title chase in NASCAR history, Kurt Busch survived a wheel-dropping,roller-coaster race at Homestead--Miami Speedway to take the inaugural Nextel Cup

By Lars Anderson

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Call It the Twiceman

Good things have come in pairs this season as three of the nation's top four teams have two bona fide candidates for the Heisman Trophy

By Austin Murphy

College Football

The Trojans' Twin Horses

A steady passer and a spectacular back, each making the other look good, have USC sitting pretty

By Phil Taylor

All Is Not Golden for These Bears

Cal's Aaron Rodgers and J.J. Arrington have the numbers, but not the national profiles

By Austin Murphy

King of the Mountains

The man who runs the offensive show for unbeaten Utah, quarterback Alex Smith stands alone as a Heisman candidate

By Kelley King

PRO BASKETBALL

Soaring to Old Heights

After five ankle operations and four lost seasons, forward Grant Hill has returned to the Magic, exhibiting a familiar all-around brilliance

By Chris Ballard

The Will To Return

After a near-fatal accident, Jay Williams is on his feet and in a rush to play again

By Chris Mannix

PRO FOOTBALL

Down in the Dumps

It's been a long fall from the top for the once-mighty Dolphins and 49ers, who met in a game devoid of playoff implications but with plenty of draft-day importance

By Michael Silver

Winning Traditions

By Michael Silver

Is Help on The Way?

Pickings could be slim at the top of the 2005 draft

By Peter King

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Way Ahead of Schedule

NBA scouts, college coaches and shoe reps have been enamored with 7-foot center Greg Oden for two years--and he's still only halfway through high school

By Tim Layden

PAINTBALL

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

On June 27, 1981, Charles Gaines and some friends went into the New Hampshire woods to settle an argument by shooting paint at one another. Look what they came back with

By Charles Gaines

Paintball

Feel the Paint

Its origins lie in kids' games, but there's nothing immature about the booming Paintball industry

By Mark Beech

TRACK AND FIELD

The Color Of Speed

Many fans just can't believe that Jeremy Wariner, the Olympic 400-meter champ, is white—and they've argued it out on the Web

By Gary Smith

Inside

Inside

The Week in Sports

Inside the NBA

Ray of Hope

Seattle is off to a scorching start thanks to Ray Allen, who's having so much fun he might just stick around for a while

By Ian Thomsen

Inside College Basketball

Gray Matters

Wake Forest's Justin Gray showcased his toughness--and talent--in leading the Demon Deacons to the NIT title

By Seth Davis

Inside College Football

The Hot Seat

Eleven coaches have stepped down or been fired in the last month. How many more will follow--and who will they be?

By Mark Beech

Three and Out

By Stewart Mandel

Showdown Saturday

GAMES TO WATCH

By Mark Beech

Inside Motor Sports

Eight's Enough

Despite a tragedy that rocked his team, Jimmie Johnson roared to the most Cup wins and is SI's Driver of the Year

By Lars Anderson

Inside the NFL

Moss Appeal

The Vikings' hopes of winning the NFC North hinge on whether game-breaker Randy Moss can stay healthy

By Peter King

Wideouts Also On Record Pace

COLTS' PASSING GAME

By Peter King

Pats' Blueprint For Success

VP PIOLI STAYING PUT

By Peter King

King's Corner

By Peter King

Osgood's Very Special Play

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

LIFE OF REILLY

Buckner Got My Vote

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Leading Off

A Real Stretch

Why do so many coaches who look like geniuses in college seem to lose their faculties in the NFL? Going pro isn't easy, but here's how it can be done

By Peter King

Trade Deficit

Star players like Landon Donovan are leaving MLS for Europe. Is this a disaster--or a sign that American soccer is coming of age?

By Grant Wahl

After the Brawl

The ugly incident at The Palace of Auburn Hills is still sending out ripples

By Albert Chen

Go Figure

Sultan's Stick

After 81 years one of the Babe's bats is back

For the Record

The New Dean

Harry Statham found a home, and a pile of wins, in the NAIA

By Albert Chen

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A LeRoy Neiman

By Leroy Neiman

The Beat

By Lisa Altobelli

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Julia Morrill

Under Review

By Nancy Ramsey

Looking Ahead in College Football

Stewart Mandel's Bowl Projections

Who's going where in January.

The Poll Position