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LETTERS

LETTERS

CATCHING UP WITH

Carmen Basilio, Boxer

FEBRUARY 25, 1957

By Luis Fernando Llosa

AIR AND SPACE

Their Favorite Things

By Steve Rushin

SCORECARD

Faces in the Crowd

Trivial Matters

By David Sabino

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

BRETT FAVRE

By Peter King

SI Players

WHO'S Hot/WHO'S Not

SI PLAYERS POLL

[Based on a survey of 354 players]

Ageless Ray

The NFL’s oldest lineman, Washington’s Ray Brown, uses Pilates to keep his body young

By Lisa Altobelli

Between-the-Lines Reading

When it came to being bookish in 2004, TO, Favre and others showed some spine

By Lisa Altobelli

The Questions with Christian Fauria

Patriots Tight End

By Christian Fauria

What Do NFL Linemen Eat?

SI Players’ Sarah Thurmond went to the table to find out

By Sarah Thurmond

Pro Football

Passing Marks

The Colts' Peyton Manning is on the verge of breaking a hallowed record by throwing for more touchdowns than one of his idols

By Michael Silver

Season to Remember

By David Sabino

PRO BASKETBALL

Suspiciously Good

The supersurprising Sonics are off to a torrid start--and doubters (this can't last!) are beginning to believe

By Chris Ballard

College Basketball

Ready for Takeoff

A high-flying forward and new pilot, Joey Graham is the breakout star for unbeaten Oklahoma State--and twin brother Stephen is his trusty wingman

By Grant Wahl

Baseball

Is This Guy Worth $33 Million?

Any questions about the economic state of the game were answered at the winter meetings, where teams spent like crazy on pitching

By Tom Verducci

The Pride of Peabody

He was the nation's best high school pitcher, bound for the Florida Marlins and stardom. But Jeff Allison also had a drug addiction, and it nearly killed him

By Michael Bamberger

A SCARY LITTLE PILL

A powerful medicine for pain, OxyContin has quickly become a dangerous street drug

By Albert Chen

Inside

Inside

The Week In Sports

Inside The NFL

Tough Call

With Charlie Weis on his way to Notre Dame, Bill Belichick may be the guy to take over the Pats’ offense

By Peter King

No Easy Fixes For Cowboys

DIRE STRAITS IN BIG D

By Peter King

Harrison’s Deal: What It Means

COLTS’ SALARY CAP

King’s Corner

By Peter King

Dr. Z’s Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

Inside the NBA

Getting a Grip

In a funk after a series of screwups, Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony has rediscovered his grin and his game

By Ian Thomsen

Making His Shot Count

L.A.’S BOBBY SIMMONS

By Chris Mannix

Ian Thomsen's Fast Break

By Ian Thomsen

Inside College Football

A Harder Sell

Everyone wanted to play for Steve Spurrier at Florida. Recruiting for South Carolina may not be as easy

By Kelley King

Inside College Basketball

Hard Knocks

With no inside game and a brutal nonconference schedule, a young Indiana team is taking its lumps early

By Seth Davis

LIFE OF REILLY

Rudy with A Bullet

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Leading Off

Scrooged

While the union and owners grope toward a meaningful dialogue, fans, players and coaches face a holiday season without NHL hockey

By Michael Farber

Wishful Thinking

A Woman in Full

Mia Hamm's legacy will include more than her substantial gift for scoring goals

By Grant Wahl

Go Figure

The Big East

A new exhibit showcases a competitive culture

By Kevin Kerr

For the Record

Never a Doubt

USC’s cool QB wins the Heisman by a surprisingly wide margin

By Arash Markazi

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A Garry Kasparov

By Garry Kasparov

The Beat

By Lisa Altobelli

L. Jon Wertheim's Year in Tennis

The Poll Position

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Julia Morrill

Under Review

By Yi-Wyn Yen