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AIR AND SPACE

The Last of Carnac

By Steve Rushin

SCORECARD

Faces in the Crowd

SI Players

NOSE TO NOSE WITH... KEITH TRAYLOR Patriots/Nosetackle HANK FRALEY Eagles Center

By Keith Traylor

WHO'S Hot/WHO'S Not

SI PLAYERS POLL

[Based on a survey of 227 NBA players]

Milking It

Two Super Bowl--bound stars earn their stripes

By Lisa Altobelli

SUPER VIDEO MATCHUP

Sweet Success

With careful monitoring, the Tigers' Jason Johnson confronts his diabetes

By Amanda Cherrin

THE BEST JOKE I CAN TELL IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

By Raja Bell, Jazz Guard

The Questions with Quentin Richardson Suns Guard

By Quentin Richardson

Gala in Gator Country

Schmooze with Swann, Skynyrd or Staubach: something Super for everyone

By Adam Duerson

Super Bowl XXXIX

Meeting of the Minds

The NFL title game boils down to a battle between the innovative coaching staffs of New England's Bill Belichick and Philadelphia's Andy Reid. What strategy will they cook up, and which team's countermoves will win out?

By Peter King

Winning Is Their Business

Friends and owners Robert Kraft and Jeffrey Lurie built their teams for the long run

By Michael Silver

What Brian Westbrook Means to the Eagles

Who knows where he'll line up next? The all-purpose back is Donovan McNabb's main man

By Jeffri Chadiha

What Corey Dillon Means to the Patriots

The onetime malcontent has never been happier--and the team's run game has never been better

By Josh Elliott

PRO BASKETBALL

Catch Them If You Can

With a pedal-to-the-metal attack led by MVP favorite Steve Nash, the red-hot Suns are forcing the NBA to reconsider its plodding ways

By Jack McCallum

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

There's Joy in Illinois

Ignited by a three-guard lineup, the top-ranked Illini have blown through opponents with surpassing ease. But will they have enough muscle in March?

By Grant Wahl

TENNIS

Digging Down Deep

Serena Williams and Marat Safin gave gut-check performances to win the Australian Open and make it clear that they intend to return to the top of the game

By L. Jon Wertheim

Sports Bars

Finding The Perfect Sports Bar

You can't watch the Super Bowl just anywhere. So SI went in search of the best sports watering holes in the land. The trip took us back to the joints of the past and gave us a glimpse of the bars of the future, with a lot of long, grueling research in between. Hey, somebody's got to do it

By Chris Ballard

The 25 Best In America

By Chris Ballard

Requiem for a Beloved Bar

Before it closed in 1996, the Eliot Lounge in Boston was one of the best sports bars ever

By Charles P. Pierce

Inside

Inside

The Week In Sports

Inside Skiing

Bodes Well

Bouncing back from injuries and a midseason slump, Bode Miller kicked off the worlds with an impressive win

By Tim Layden

Breakthrough Bronze For U.S.'s Mancuso

SUPER G SURPRISE

By Tim Layden

Kildow Feels Heat Of the Spotlight

LAST RUNS

By Tim Layden

Inside The NBA

Mr. Fix-it

Intense? Sure. Controversial? You bet. But to the Nuggets, George Karl was the best hope for salvaging the season

By Ian Thomsen

LIFE OF REILLY

More Glitz Than Blitz

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Leading Off

Letters

Over and Out

Slammin' Sammy Sosa? It's become a favorite pastime in Chicago, where disillusionment with the slugger forced the Cubs to all but give him away

By Tom Verducci

Sunday Best

Randy was dandy on last year's Super Bowl broadcast, but advertisers and network execs are now promising a cleaner show

Running on Empty

An Olympic champ struggles to focus on racing following the death of his fiancée

By Brian Cazeneuve

Go Figure

For the Record

Idiots' Savant

Armed with a psych degree, a former hurler becomes the Red Sox' shrink

By Albert Chen

The Show

By Bill Scheft

Q+A

Ron Jaworski

By Ron Jaworski

The Beat

By Lisa Altobelli

The Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Amanda Cherrin

Under Review

By Mark Bechtel

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