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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
SPECIAL DOUBLE ISSUE

October 24, 2005 www.SI.com

2005-06 NBA Preview Issue

The Odd Couple>>
You May Not Love Ron Artest but Larry Bird Does
By L. Jon Wertheim

30 pages of scouting reports
PLUS SI's Perfect Team

College Football's Fantastic Finishes
USC, Michigan, Alabama, and Wisconsin

How Bad Are the Minnesota Vikings?
It's Getting Uglier On the Field and Off

AT LAST!

THE WHITE SOX ARE IN THE WORLD SERIES
Astros and Cardinals Fight It Out

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CLAY PATRICK MCBRIDE

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Kevork Djansezian/AP

 Paul Konerko