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Air and Space

Strumming the Golden AARP

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Chris Simms


By Lisa Altobelli

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Getting Sacked

Ask your favorite QB: The pain in games stays plainly on the brain

College Football

The Night is Young's

In perhaps the most stunning bowl performance ever, Texas quarterback Vince Young put the Longhorns on his back and carried them to the title, beating USC in the final seconds to end the Trojans' 34-game winning streak

By Austin Murphy

Same Time Next Year?

Playmakers Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr. led Ohio State over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, sending an early message that the Buckeyes could be primed for a return to the desert next January

By Lars Anderson

A Good Old Fight

The Bowden-Paterno Bowl turned into a survival contest

By Tim Layden

Bowl Season: a 25-Game Salute

Here are the highs (and lows) from a college postseason that was dominated by offenses and filled with fantastic finishes, along with a sneak peek at who will rise and who will fall in 2006

2006 Top Ten

By Stewart Mandel

Pro Football

Bear Season

A speedy and spirited defense led by All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher has upstart Chicago believing in itself--and its Super Bowl chances

By Jeffri Chadiha

Season's Best

Dr. Z's All-Pro team features a veteran who finally gets his due and many new faces who've just begun to make their marks

By Paul Zimmerman

Separation Anxiety

Denver's revitalized defense gives Mike Shanahan his best playoff shot since number 7 hung 'em up

By Michael Silver

College Basketball

Here Come the Buckeyes

Ohio State is off to its best start in 15 years and boasts the nation's hottest coach in charismatic Thad Matta. And this is all sweet prelude to next season, when a dazzling recruiting class arrives

By Grant Wahl


The Russian Evolution

Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin—the NHL's other top rookie alongside Sidney Crosby—has the tools to carry a team the way none of his countrymen ever has

By Michael Farber

Special Report: Teen Suicide

What Went Wrong in Winthrop?

One high school football team, five suicides in three years. Can we learn anything?

By E.M. Swift


Inside: The Week In Sports

Finals Answer

While a title clash between San Antonio and Detroit seems inevitable, at least a few teams are keeping their eyes on the prize

By Ian Thomsen

Whiz Kids

Skilled beyond their years, fearless freshmen are boosting many top teams-none more than Memphis

By Kelli Anderson

Turning Losing Into a Science

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off

Top of the Masthead

By Ann Moore, Chairman and CEO, Time Inc.


December Madness

No, it may not have quite the same ring to it, but a playoff system by any name would add thrills and drama to the bloated bowl season

By Tim Layden

Busted Buckeye

While his former teammates celebrated, Maurice Clarett faced felony charges

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

For the Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Waiting for Lambeau

Packers fan, born in 1902, attends first game; doesn't care that they're in a rebuilding phase

By Adam Duerson

The Candidate

After seven NFL coaches get sacked, Chiefs assistant Al Saunders becomes a wanted man

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Going Forward

Even as he grieves for his son, coach Tony Dungy is teaching the Colts about life and football

By Peter King

Q&A Josh Lucas

The actor plays Don Haskins, who coached Texas Western to the 1966 NCAA title, in Glory Road, which opens on Jan. 13

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

Fantasy Watch

By David Sabino