40 All the Way Back
Thanks to linebacker Paul Posluszny, Penn State earned its first BCS bid
by Mark Beech
After outgunning Cincinnati to climb to 10-0, Peyton Manning and the Colts are making a run at NFL history
by Peter King
48 Great to Be Back
Wayne Gretzky has returned as the Coyotes' coach--and he's loving it
by E.M. Swift
54 A New Steve Nash?
Which point guard will turn his team around? Will it be the Bucks' T.J. Ford? Or Golden State's Baron Davis?
by Ian Thomsen and Chris Ballard
At 62, photographer Neil Leifer wanted to show what was new in sports, so he picked up where he started 45 years ago PAGE 59
8 Leading Off
21 Air and Space
In their nine-mph laps around the ice, Zambonis generate nothing but warm memories by Steve Rushin
• Bobby Valentine's hold on Japan
• The many faces of Clinton Portis
33 Faces in the Crowd
80 Life of Reilly
On Thanksgiving the Reillys play touch football just like the Mannings: They love to cheat by Rick Reilly
72 College Football
• Central Florida's turnaround
75 The NFL
• The Seahawks (quietly) surge
78 Motor Sports
• "A true American racer" triumphs
PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID BERGMAN
INSET PHOTOS: Robert Beck (Gretzky); John Biever (Manning); David Bergman (Posluszny)
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JOHN BIEVER (POINT GUARDS)
CRITICAL POINTS T.J. Ford (left) and Baron Davis have breathed life into their moribund teams.
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BALL HAWK A Rookie of the Year contender, linebacker Lofa Tatupu is one of several young stars on Seattle's unsung D.
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