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January 23, 2006 Table Of Contents

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My Best Friend

... In Another Sport

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

THE BEST JOKE I CAN TELL IN SI (Or: Why Stuart Appleby Keeps His Day Job)

By Stuart Appleby


Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Hit and Miss

Despite a tantalizing second-day 68, Michelle Wie again failed to make the cut in her hometown PGA Tour event

By Alan Shipnuck

Air and Space

We're Losing This Arms Race

Even the most incurious person who reads nothing but the sports section has realized that jocks and Glocks are firmly twinned in the popular culture.

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

John Lynch


As told to Lisa Altobelli

Who's Hot / Who's Not

The Questions with Andrei Kirilenko - Jazz Forward

It Ain't Just Leg Lifts

For champion bloodhound Knotty, fitness is a full-time job

By Ben Reiter

The Pop Culture Grid

NFL Playoffs

Mr. Clutch

On a frenetic NFL divisional playoff weekend, no player came up bigger than Ben Roethlisberger, who led the underdog Steelers to the AFC title game with precision passing and a game-saving tackle

By Jeffri Chadiha

Built to Blast

Denver's refashioned defense swarmed the Patriots and plans to do the same to the Steelers

By Michael Silver


By Paul Zimmerman

Mr. Cool

Low-key and pressure-free, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has the ideal constitution to cope with the cauldron of the NFC Championship Game

By Peter King

Cover Who?

Poor Seattle. There may not be a scheme that can contain Carolina wideout Steve Smith

By Nunyo Demasio


By Paul Zimmerman

Pro Basketball

Class of the Glass

In just his second season, 7-foot Magic man-child Dwight Howard is already a master of the lost art of rebounding

By Chris Ballard


Trials and Tribulations

The U.S. nationals were replete with fine skating, but the show was stolen by the absent Michelle Kwan, who won a controversial berth on the Olympic team, despite not being healthy enough to defend her title

By E.M. Swift

College Basketball

The Son Also Rises

Florida center Joakim Noah, who chose a whole different racket from his father, Yannick, has found his own on-court success--and helped the surprising Gators to their best start ever

By Grant Wahl

The Big Man

The Big Man

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is a tough ex-basketball star, a savvy lawyer hardened at the Pentagon and a fierce intellectual sometimes bored by his job wrangling rich owners and keeping their powerful league safe from all harm. Even in the NFL they call him ...

By Karl Taro Greenfeld


Inside: The Week In Sports

The New Guard

After rebuilding on the run, the Mavs have a brilliant future. But Devin Harris believes a title could come as early as June

By Ian Thomsen

Stealth Stars

Given their size (large) and production (substantial), it's a wonder these five low-post players don't get higher recognition

By Kelli Anderson

Texas Tough

No driver is grittier than Lone Star State native Todd Hays, an ex-linebacker who could win two bobsled medals in Turin

By Brian Cazeneuve

Next Big Thing?

Minnesota's highly touted Phil Kessel didn't wow at the World Juniors, but he's determined to prove the hype is deserved

By Michael Farber

Life of Reilly

Keep Skeleton In the Closet

There's no strategy, no passing anybody. No getting air, no doing flips, no Dick Button. Nothing. Just get on the slab of metal and point it downhill.

By Rick Reilly


Positively Myth Street?

A math genius who wins millions at blackjack spins an incredible tale--a little too incredible

By Charles Hirshberg

Disc Jocks

By Bill Syken

Leading Off


A Night to Remember

Forty years after Don Haskins's all-black Texas Western team won the NCAA title, Glory Road tells a story that went overlooked at the time

By Gene Menez

Bushy League

Don't tell George Steinbrenner: Beards are a growth industry

For the Record

Pitt + Jolie = Olympics?


Odd Numbers

An insurance policy makes Jeff Bagwell more valuable to the Astros if he doesn't play

Falling Stars

An Aussie Open short on big names lost another with Venus Williams's latest defeat

By L. Jon Wertheim

Q&A Geno Auriemma

The UConn women's basketball coach is the author (with Jackie MacMullan) of Geno: In Pursuit of Perfection

By Richard Deitsch

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

Fantasy Watch

By David Sabino