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December 5, 2005 Table Of Contents

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Second Wave

After winning six world championships, surfing icon Kelly Slater retired at age 26. At last month's Nova Schin Festival the rejuvenated 33-year-old claimed his seventh title, capping an unlikely comeback

By Bill Syken

Blade Runner

Three years after he took up speedskating, Olympic hopeful Chad Hedrick is the hottest thing on ice

By Brian Cazeneuve


Kickin' Some Bass!

Mike Iaconelli has been accused of "thuggin' up" bass fishing, but ESPN is betting (and praying) he can hook the Pimp My Ride crowd ... if some mullet-headed good ol' boy doesn't gut him first

By Chris Ballard

Air and Space

Time to Circle The Bandwagons

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Antonio Pierce


By Elizabeth Newman

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Edited by Kostya Kennedy


WITH Marcus Washington, Redskins Linebacker

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Cheeky Messages

In college football, glare protection is getting personal

By Ben Reiter

The Pop Culture Grid

Edited by Kostya Kennedy


Horns of Plenty

Texas is one victory from a shot at its first national title in 36 years thanks to great talent and Mack Brown, who became a better coach when he realized there was more to life than winning a football game

By Tim Layden


USC, Penn State, West Virginia and most likely Notre Dame have BCS bids--and the $14 million payday that goes with them--wrapped up. These games this Saturday will determine three more bids and help decide who gets an at-large invitation. The BCS pairings will be unveiled on Sunday.

By Austin Murphy

Class of '96

Ten seasons later, members of the most bountiful draft of wideouts in history are among the NFL's best playmakers and biggest newsmakers

By Michael Silver

Detroit Loves Larry (especially now that he's gone)

When New York coach Larry Brown returns to The Palace to take on his former team, he'll be met by flourishing players who bear him no ill will. The same can't be said (yet) of his Knicks

By Jack McCallum

Refreshed by New Ice

A trade to Ottawa helped Dany Heatley put a tragic crash and injury behind him. Now he's leading the first-place Senators and playing on the NHL's most exciting line

By Michael Farber


As the season opens, the nation's most intriguing team is in North College Hill, Ohio, where two players who came from out of state have been embraced by the locals. And why not? O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker are budding superstars

By George Dohrmann

Five More To Watch

By Seth Davis

Who'll Be the Best in Each State? contributor Doug Huff picks the top teams in all 50 states and the District of Columbia

By Doug Huff

Preseason Top 20

To keep up with all the action, go to each week for updated power rankings

By Doug Huff


Inside: The Week In Sports


By Ian Thomsen

Ian Thomsen's Fast Break

By Ian Thomsen


By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

Life of Reilly

Just Call Him Knute Rockhead

By Rick Reilly


A Perfect Fit

Artist Brian Jungen makes Native American tribal masks--and a statement--out of Air Jordan sneakers

By Franz Lidz

A Passion for Pigskin

Leading Off


Feeling Flush

Call it Even-More-Money Ball. This hot stove season, rivers of revenue from fresh sources are changing the business of baseball

By Tom Verducci

Wanna Bet?

As Fred Funk and others found out, losing a wager can be a drag

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

For the Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Gorgeous George

A lifestyle that endeared him to fans, ladies and bartenders catches up with a legend

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Prelude to a Diss?

Some believe the Marlins latest fire sale signals a move out of Miami

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Q&A Mario Batali

The celebrity chef (Molto Mario) is writing Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style, a cookbook that will be published next spring

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella