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January 24, 2005 Table Of Contents

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The Lineup

The Lineup

LETTERS

LETTERS

AIR AND SPACE

BU-BC? B-eautiful!

By Steve Rushin

SI Players

HINES WARD: Steelers Wide Receiver

By Peter King

WHO'S Hot/WHO'S Not

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

SI PLAYERS POLL

[Based on a survey of 207 NBA players]

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Talking the Talk

In 1969 Jets QB Joe Namath guaranteed that his 17 1/2-point underdog Jets would whip the Colts in Super Bowl III (above). They did. Last week Jets DE Shaun Ellis boasted his team would beat the Steelers. Oops. Here's a look at one of the NFL's liveliest arts

By Ben Reiter

The Ball

By Sarah Thurmond

Junior Seau Balances Out

His first major injury behind him, a perennial All-Pro muscles up for a comeback

By Lisa Altobelli

The Questions with Jermaine O'Neal Pacers Forward

By Jermaine O'Neal

The Big Brotherly

Yum: cheese on steak, mustard on pretzels, Eagles on the field in January

By Adam Duerson

Pro Football

Pat Answer

New England showed it is still the team to beat by rocking Peyton Manning and the high-powered Colts

By Michael Silver

Celebrating the Fourth

With its blitzing defense disrupting the Minnesota passing game, Philadelphia made it four NFC title games in four years

By Josh Elliott

The Great Escape

Using its big backs to bore a hole through the New York defense, Pittsburgh rallied and got its rookie quarterback off the hook

By Peter King

See How They Run

Atlanta unleashed its rushing attack against St. Louis and proved there's more to the offense than Michael Vick

By Jeffri Chadiha

Dr. Z's Forecast

Picking an upset is tempting, but the Eagles and the Patriots have too much going for them

By Paul Zimmerman

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Boo Devil

In the grand tradition of despised Dukies, cocky, sure-shooting J.J. Redick is the player that fans love to hate

By Grant Wahl

FIGURE SKATING

Flash of the Future

Michelle Kwan made history with her ninth win at the U.S. championships, but daring 15-year-old Kimmie Meissner almost stole the show

By E.M. Swift

BASEBALL

The Man Has A PLAN

When it came to signing a pair of marquee Latin free agents, Mets general manager Omar Minaya knew precisely the right language: español--and dinero

By Michael Farber

Basketball

THE FAST TRACK

The next LeBron? Some say 14-year-old Demetrius Walker is on the express to the NBA. Others say he's traveling too quickly, too soon

By Karl Taro Greenfeld

PEAKING TOO SOON

Before Demetrius, before LeBron, there was teen sensation Schea Cotton, who couldn't live up to the hype

By Andrew Lawrence

Inside

Inside The Week In Sports

Inside College Wrestling

Top of the Heap

A savvy coach and a big-name transfer from Iowa have Oklahoma State rolling toward a third straight title

By Mark Beech

Inside College Football

Thinking Twice

 Top QB Ryan Perrilloux wasn't among the high school players who named their colleges at the U.S. Army Bowl

By Kelley King

Down to the Wire

By Kelley King

Inside College Basketball

Don't Go There

Wisconsin extended its home winning streak to a nation-leading 38 games by knocking off No. 15 Michigan State

By Kelli Anderson

Pro Prospects

By Kelli Anderson

Why So Many Missed FTs?

TRULY FOUL SHOTS

By Kelli Anderson

Seth Davis's Hoop Thoughts

By Seth Davis

Inside the NBA

Crying Wolves

Preseason howling about roles and contracts has sidetracked Minnesota, which needs a unified D to gain ground

By Ian Thomsen

Have Threes, Will Travel

ANTOINE WALKER

By Ian Thomsen

Ian Thomsen's Fast Break

By Ian Thomsen

LIFE OF REILLY

Tips for TO And Randy

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Leading Off

One Mo' Time

Matt Leinart will stay at USC, where he's won the Heisman, dated a model and led the Trojans to a national title. Who says youth is wasted on the young?

By Austin Murphy

Semi-Tough

Baseball's new steroid policy is better than its old one--but that's not saying much

By Tom Verducci

Trial Run

Still facing a manslaughter charge, Jayson Williams starts a comeback in Idaho

By Albert Chen

Go Figure

By Mark Bechtel

A Violent Turn

For former Raider Barret Robbins, the center will not hold

By Mark Bechtel

For the Record

By Mark Bechtel

The Beat

By Lisa Altobelli

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A Ice Cube

The 35-year-old actor and rapper plays a sports collectibles dealer in the comedy Are We There Yet? opening on Friday

By Ice Cube

Faces in the Crowd

By Mark Bechtel

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Julia Morrill

Under Review

By Nancy Ramsey