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January 16, 2006 Table Of Contents

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Air and Space

Suspend That Poetic License

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Matt Hasselbeck


As told to Peter King

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Never Flagging

At 55 veteran official Ed Hochuli is so fit he could get away with horizontal stripes

By Amanda Cherrin

Tale of My Tattoo

The Pop Culture Grid

Pro Basketball


Firing at a furious pace (and from all angles), Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson are facing off in a historic shootout for the NBA scoring title

By Jack McCallum

NFL Playoffs

Next Stop Indy!

In one of four compelling divisional playoff games between teams that met earlier in the season, the Steelers look to avenge a loss to the Colts by relying on the power of their running game

By Jeffri Chadiha


By Paul Zimmerman

Winter Storm Warning

Broncos beware: The Patriots, fully recovered from their autumn slump, are coming on with a fury

By Peter King


By Paul Zimmerman

Picking Up Speed

The Carolina bandwagon blew a tire after a dismal November loss to Chicago, but two months later the surging Panthers are making it look like 2003 all over again

By Michael Silver


By Paul Zimmerman

Shades of Riggo

Reminiscent of another Joe Gibbs power back, Clinton Portis gives the Redskins the pop they need

By Nunyo Demasio


By Paul Zimmerman

College Basketball

The Other Dukies

Long overshadowed on its own campus, the high-scoring Blue Devils women's team has designs on a national title

By Kelli Anderson


Lucky Loser

Jason Gore finished dead last in the PGA Tour's season opener, but considering where his career had been 12 months ago, he could grin like a winner

By Alan Shipnuck

NHL Midseason Report


Derided at first as a gimmick, the dramatic tiebreaker has been a shot in the arm for the resurgent league

By Michael Farber


An American Original

Born in the U.S.A., the Olympics' most free-spirited sport will soar to new heights in Turin. So will U.S. riders

By Chris Ballard

Eyes on the Prize

She might look like the girl next door, but don't be fooled: Multitalented Lindsey Jacobellis is a focused, ruthless competitor

By E.M. Swift

The Turin Outlook

Who'll bring home Olympic gold in the three snowboarding disciplines? American riders have a strong shot in two of them, while the Swiss look strongest in the third

By Brian Cazeneuve

Hot Tomato

Shaun White's otherworldly talents and trademark red hair have made him the boarder to watch in the Olympic halfpipe

By Yi-Wyn Yen



The Big Beast

After just a week of conference play the new Big East has proved that no league in the country is stronger top to bottom

By Luke Winn


Shani Davis's split from his federation and his mother's meddling have hurt his reputation, but there's more to the story

By Brian Cazeneuve

Zeal to Deal

His future iffy, G.M. Kiki Vandeweghe has spent a month trying to make a trade that could turn Denver's season around

By Ian Thomsen

Life of Reilly

How Suite It Is

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


World Serious

Don't be fooled by unsold seats and network apathy, says Bud Selig. The World Baseball Classic will revolutionize the game

By Albert Chen

Punting the QB

Even before his latest arrest, Virginia Tech had decided to boot Marcus Vick

By Phil Taylor

For the Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Mess with Success?

NFL teams will have to fight the urge to make over Vince Young

By Peter King

Trojan Horse

With a sense of duty and a sense of humor, Rod Dedeaux led USC baseball for 45 years

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Prime-time Players

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Frost Heaves Watch

By Alexander Wolff

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