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December 19, 2005 Table Of Contents

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Air and Space

It's Time to Tie One On

By Steve Rushin


Sports Media 2005

The Year in Review

In the Land of Memory

A powerful tale of tracking down the terrorists who bloodied the 1972 Olympics, Steven Spielberg's Munich caps a year in which Hollywood often cast a backward glance at sports

By Ben Reiter

Still Going Deep

No football commentator--not even that guy with the video game--packs more wisdom into his words than hardworking CBS color man Phil Simms

By Chris Ballard

Under the Hood

The year's best books took us deep into the psyches of competitors like Lance, Yao, Belichick--and race car driver Janet Guthrie, who wrote her own profile in courage

By Charles Hirshberg

Beamed Down

By loading up on sports, satellite radio has expanded the orbits of fans who love to listen

Blogged On

In the age of the acerbic Deadspin, sports sites go beyond scores and stats

Pro Football

Must-See Seahawk

He scores, he smiles, he leads the league in rushing--and now that Seattle has become the cream of the crop in the NFC, Shaun Alexander is getting some long-deserved recognition

By Nunyo Demasio

Just How Good Are the Seahawks?

We'll learn more when they take on the Colts in a monster Christmas Eve matchup, but some who've lost to Seattle this year would love another crack at a team they view as beatable

By Michael Silver

College Basketball

A Star In the West

From out of Spokane, Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison is emerging as the best--and the brashest--player in the country. And his legend is growing

By Grant Wahl

Pro Basketball


Two years after a kidney transplant, Alonzo Mourning is again an elite center, but he aspires to the level of another medical marvel whose achievements transcend sports

By Ian Thomsen

Pro basketball

The Strife of Riley

Alonzo Mourning isn't staging the Heat's only dramatic comeback: Two years after stepping down as coach, Pat Riley is back on the bench demanding more--a lot more--from his underachieving team

By Ian Thomsen

College Football

What About the D?

The Texas and USC offenses are scoring machines, but the winner of the national championship game may turn out to be the team that makes the most plays on the other side of the ball

By Austin Murphy

'Horns vs. Trojans One-on-One Battles

USC has won 34 straight, Texas 19 in a row. The two teams have been ranked first and second, respectively, since the first preseason polls came out. When the Trojans and the Longhorns meet in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4, these seven matchups will go a long way in determining the national champion. Which player will get the upper hand on the opponent lined up across from him?

By Phil Taylor


Inside: The Week In Sports


By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast: Galloping On

By Paul Zimmerman


By Michael Farber

In The Crease

By Pierre McGuire

College Basketball

By Kelli Anderson

Life of Reilly

World's Longest Road Trip

By Rick Reilly


Homegrown Heroes

A Michigan-bred duo helped Grand Valley State nip Northwest Missouri State in the D-II final

By Lars Anderson

A Cowboy on Skates

Cornell goaltender David McKee hopes to become the first NHL player who was born and bred in Texas

By Rick Lipsey

The Turnaround Twins

With creative methods, the Yormark brothers have revived two of pro sports' most neglected franchises

By Franz Lidz

Leading Off


Heaves, Ho!

Thinking small on purpose, SI's man in Vermont wants to bring a fledgling pro hoops team to his state

By Alexander Wolff

Making Nice

The reconstituted ABA promises regional rivalries and fan-friendliness

By Alexander Wolff

For the Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

On Thin Ice

The injured Michelle Kwan needs a speedy recovery if she wants to go to the Olympics

By Brian Cazeneuve

Changing Sox

Boston didn't need a G.M. to overhaul its roster

By Tom Verducci

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Monday Morning Quarterback

Peter King offers his 10 Things I Think I Think

By Peter King

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Fantasy Watch

By David Sabino