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February 13, 2006 Table Of Contents

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By Ian Thomsen

Inside: The Week In Sports

SETH DAVIS'S Hoop Thoughts

By Seth Davis

College Football

By Mark Beech


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Long Gone

John Daly blows off Phoenix, again

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By with Jim Murphy

Spare Change

A new schedule in 2007 is a sweet start, but why stop there?

By Gary Van Sickle

STIK: Life and Times on the PGA Tour

By Chris Eliopoulos


Crazy-Long Rookie J.B. Holmes's First PGA Tour Win Comes Supersized

By Gary Van Sickle

From the Editor

A Special Mission

By Terry McDonell

Air and Space

I to XL, These V Have Seen 'Em All

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On And Off The Field



By Brian Cazeneuve

Who's Hot / Who's Not

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

THE QUESTIONS WITH Troy Murphy Warriors Forward

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

What the QBs Give

By Justin Goot

The Pop Culture Grid

Super Bowl XL

Hearts of Steel

An inspired performance by wideout Hines Ward and big plays by lesser names carried the Steelers to victory over the Seahawks and their fifth NFL title—a fitting end to a historic out-of-town playoff run and a courageous rally from a 7–5 start.

By Michael Silver

Nothing Bogus about the Result

In a chess match of sorts, Pittsburgh's defense made the right moves to keep Seattle's offense in check

By Paul Zimmerman

Exit, Biggest Stage Left

In front of fans from both of his hometowns, Jerome Bettis closed out his career as a champion

By Peter King


The Yankee Clippee

He became a scruffy star in Boston and the heart and soul of a championship team. But now that he's jumped to New York and ditched the caveman look, what will Johnny Damon do?

By Tom Verducci

Cuckoo for Coco?


Everybody Loves Chris

No NBA rookie has made more of an impact than point guard Chris Paul. Spend a few days with him and find out how he has turned the woeful, star-crossed Hornets into playoff contenders

By Chris Ballard

Pro Hockey

Miracle Man?

Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette has lifted underdog Carolina to the top of the NHL. Next week in Turin he'll try to turn long-shot Team USA into medal material

By Michael Farber

Don King Roast

Let Us Now Raze Famous Men

The Friars Club roast of DON KING revealed--and reveled in--the vagaries of the honoree's dark and twisted soul. As King has said so many times, "Only in America"

By Jeff MacGregor


College Basketball

By Kelli Anderson


By Stewart Mandel

Fanfare for a Common Man

By Rick Reilly


Leading Off


Zero Tolerance

No one is saying 'Oops, they did it again' anymore. Athletes who break the rules, or just get annoying, are paying a steep price

By Mark Bechtel

Generation Text

Coaches are flooding recruits with cellphone messages, and not everyone feels :) about it

By Austin Murphy

For the Record

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Queen of the Mat

Michaela Hutchison becomes the first girl to win a state title wrestling against boys

Edited by Mark Bechtel and Stephen Cannella

Veteran's Day

After a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq, a linebacker gets a Division-I football scholarship

By Albert Chen

Frost Heaves Watch

By Alex Wolff

Must-See TV?

Strong counterprogramming could hurt Olympic ratings

By Gene Menez

Q&A Lewis Black

The comedian's album Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues is nominated for the Best Comedy Album Grammy

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd