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February 6, 2006 Table Of Contents

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Bubba Boom

How the Tour's Big Bopper Gets His Amazing Length

By Farrell Evans


Anyone with a backswing like John Daly's and a downswing like Sergio García's is going to be ridiculously long

By Mark Wood

Fit for a King

Serious about finding the clubs and balls that are perfectly calibrated to your swing? Welcome to Hot Stix Golf, the custom-fitting specialist that in six years has gone from cult secret to industry phenomenon

By Alan Shipnuck

Car Trouble

Phil faces the future without Ford

By Jim Gorant

The Pepper Mill

By Dottie Pepper

Big Play

By John ElliotT

So Good It's Bad

Golf somehow takes the blame for a Washington scandal

By John Garrity

Stik: Life and Times on The PGA Tour

By Chris Eliopoulos, Writer

Air and Space

A Billion People Can Be Wrong

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On And Off The Field

Josh Brown


As told to Nunyo Demasio

Jeff Reed


As told to Peter King

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Back in the Day

Steelers recall when their bowl was filled with Cheetos

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

The Questions with Marcus Tubbs - Seahawks DT

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

The Pop Culture Grid

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Super Bowl Preview

The Love Bus

A favorite of fans, media and his fellow NFL players, Steelers running back Jerome Bettis is looking for final fulfillment in Detroit

By Michael Silver

Working Man's Hero

For 13 seasons beloved fullback Mack Strong has embodied the spirit of Seattle

By Jeffri Chadiha

The Offense

Both teams usually prefer to run, but the Super Bowl will be decided by the quarterback who makes the most plays

By Peter King

The Defense

Expect surprises, says Dr. Z, as two brilliant coordinators strut their stuff on the grandest stage

By Paul Zimmerman

Steeltown vs. Rain City

Super Bowl week always turns into an exercise in civic boasting. Here's how Pittsburgh and Seattle stack up

Pro Basketball

A Season Over The Brink

Look what Ronnie has wrought. The Pacers finally rid themselves of talented but troubled Ron Artest, who made his debut with the Kings last week. But back in Indiana, a team that was once talking title is now facing an overhaul

By Jack McCallum

College Basketball

Double-Double Trouble

In a smashing debut, twins Ashley and Courtney Paris have turned the Sooners into title contenders and a hot ticket in Norman

By Kelli Anderson

2006 Olympics

2006 Olympics Preview

Ready for Takeoff

Four years after the best American showing ever at the Winter Games, a U.S. team rich in talent and personality will try to flyeven higher

By Brian Cazeneuve

5 Minute Guide

A quick primer on the host city and the issues and faces to watch for from Feb. 10 to 26

By Brian Cazeneuve

Her Time Has Come

Long touted as her sport's next queen, the dazzlingSasha Cohen has finally supplanted Michelle Kwan as the U.S.'s best skater

By E.M. Swift

The Magnificent Eight

The top seeds are all loaded with NHL stars. But in what should be a great tournament, the most intriguing team could beturmoil-plagued Russia

By Michael Farber

Bode Miller's Flying Circus

When the preordained star of the Games tried to fight the Olympic hype machine, he found himself on a very wild ride. SI was aboard

By Tim Layden

Who Will Win

A complete guide to the 84 events and 252 medals up for grabs over the 17 days of the Winter Games

By Brian Cazeneuve


Inside: The Week In Sports

Devils' Due

With its hard-nosed G.M. as the new bench boss and its star scorer healthy, New Jersey is hot again after a rocky start

By Michael Farber

Pierre McGuire's In The Crease

By Pierre McGuire

The Oz Couple

Amélie Mauresmo and Roger Federer won singles titles at an Australian Open rife with lessons for the 2006 season

By L. Jon Wertheim

College Basketball

By Luke Winn

Hoop Thoughts

By Seth Davis

On The Block

A crucial date to determine the Sonics' future in Seattle looms, and the team's owner says he's prepared for the worst

By Ian Thomsen

Ian Thomsen's Fast Break

By Ian Thomsen

Life of Reilly

Giving Seattle The Needle

By Rick Reilly


The Ancient Mariner

At 43, Seattle's Jamie Moyer is still giving hitters fits, but he's just as excited about his charitable giving

By Albert Chen

Leading Off


Playing Through

Winning and losing have taken on a deeper meaning for Tiger Woods since he emerged from his six-week hiatus

By Alan Shipnuck

Devils You Don't Know

Duke basketball fans have gotten behind their women's team in typically rabid fashion

By Kelli Anderson

For the Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Losing Ticket

An L.A. businessman misses a chance to witness NBA history--again

By Adam Duerson

Adieu, Lemieux

A legend leaves the game he learned to love

By Michael Farber

Tall Tales

Edited by Mark Bechtel

Q & A Sarah Hughes

The 2002 Olympic gold-medal-winning figure skater, 20, is taking a break from Yale to cover the Turin Games for MSNBC

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Mark Bechtel