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May 1, 2006 Table Of Contents

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Spiderman Unmasked

By Luis Fernando Llosa

Lost Winners

Has the Legends forgotten something?

By Jim Gorant

Big Play with Mitchell Spearman

By Mitchell Spearman

Playing Through

Every stroke I took last week reminded me of Dick Harmon

By Lucas Glover

Air and Space

Writer's Block ... and Tackles

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Mike Modano


As told to Yi-Wyn Yen

Who's Hot / Who's Not

End of a Bumpy Ride

By Gerald Green

The Pop Culture Grid

The Questions with Brian Giles

Padres Outfielder

Getting Dunked On

It's no fun being a defender when an NBA stud decides to pin the tale on the dunkee

2006 NFL Draft Preview

The Ultimate Gamble

In the treacherous process of selecting college talent, a first-round decision can make or break a franchise. This year no top prospect poses a greater risk-or promises a bigger reward-than Texas quarterback Vince Young

By Peter King

Marks of a Winner

NFL talent evaluators look for these 10 essentials when figuring whether a college passer has what it takes to succeed at the league's premier position

By Peter King

The Trojans' Other Horse

The player called Thunder to Reggie Bush's Lightning looked to be a first-round lock, but a tepid performance at USC's pro day has scouts puzzling over his potential

By Michael Silver

Playing to Type--and Against It

For these kinds of prospects, potential pitfalls abound-but the decision-makers know that past performance is no guarantee of future results

By Bill Syken and Ben Reiter

Yardsticks, Wonderlics

At the combine, on pro days and in individual workouts, scouts employ a mosaic of measures to size up potential picks physically and mentally

By Peter King

The Wrong Stuff

In a first round top-heavy with quarterbacks, fledgling Cleveland wagered the No. 1 pick on Tim Couch of Kentucky. Big mistake

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Mock Draft

Fearless forecast: Reggie going to the Texans, Matt to the Titans, Vince to the Raiders--and a load of wailing from quarterback-hungry Jets fans

By Paul Zimmerman


Taking on the World

The coach who led the U.S. to its surprise World Cup run four years ago is at it again, using psychology and ACC hoops insights to ready his team for a killer first-round Cup group

By Grant Wahl

Pro Hockey

Fire and Ice

Nearly two years after the last postseason puck was dropped, the playoffs returned with a renewed passion, a familiar intensity, power plays of all kinds--and, of course, people throwing stuff

By Michael Farber

Stealing the Spotlight

Overlooked by the opposition, lesser-known players are once again proving to be surprise weapons in the postseason

By Yi-Wyn Yen


Pat Riley Won't Give In

Machiavellian. Redemptive. Necessary. Each of those words has been used to describe the Miami coach's decision to return to the bench this season, and in what could be his last shot at one more title, the heat has never been more intense

By S.L. Price

5 Matchups That Matter

With the help of an NBA scout, SI's Jack McCallum broke down individual battles that will be pivotal in the first round

By Jack McCallum


Inside: The Week In Sports


By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci

College Football

By Stewart Mandel

Life of Reilly

Nothing But Nets

By Rick Reilly


Best in Class

A trio of Tar Heels recruits, led by guard Tywon Lawson, was the talk of Michael Jordan's all-star game

By Mark Beech

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What's Your Line?

If it's a steady stream of B.S., then congratulations: There's probably a job in the world of sports that's just perfect for you

By Stanley Bing

Draft Dodgers

Forget QBs with strong arms--the truth is the scarcest commodity in the NFL draft

By Nunyo Demasio

For the Record

April Flowers

Q&A Jeff Bridges

The 56-year-old actor (The Big Lebowski) plays a girls' gymnastics coach in the comedy Stick It, which opens on April 28

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd