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May 22, 2006 Table Of Contents

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SI Players: Life On and Off The Field

Who's Hot Who's Not

Chauncey Billups


As told to Chris Mannix

The Questions With Josh Willingham

Marlins LF-C

Papi's Big Pitch

Shooting a commercial with David Ortiz, kids learn about spittin' and sluggin'

By Lisa Altobelli

The Pop Culture Grid

Feeling Kneady

Manicures and massages are all in a day's work for spa owner Troy Vincent

By Lisa Altobelli

Me and My Bobblehead


SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus

You Gotta Believe

Brett Wetterich Had a Feeling at the Nelson That on Sunday the Dream He Shared with His Brother Would Finally Come True

By Gary Van Sickle

7 Days on the Range

During a week exploring a Tour rehearsal area, the Marco Polo of the practice tee found a complex culture

By John Garrity

Role Reversal

Webb wins, Sorenstam misses the cut

By Jim Gorant

Big Play with Jim Suttie

By Jim Suttie

Return Trip

This time I'll make a more traditional Open entry at Winged Foot

By Mark Donovan

Air and Space

Tales from the Dark Side

By Steve Rushin


The Fastest Man on the Planet May Have the Toughest Job in Sports

How do you set the record in the 100 meters and convince the world you're not taking drugs?

By Tim Layden

Shaq Attacked

He's older, slower and hobbled by rules changes, but the suddenly vulnerable Diesel can still provide great theater

By Ian Thomsen

A Swing of Beauty

The sweet stroke of the Cards' Albert Pujols has put him on a home run tear and made him the game's best hitter

By Daniel G. Habib


The View From Here

Not since the Golden Age of Michael has a postseason had so many tasty subplots; three SI writers check in with their favorite storylines, starting with a celebration of the game's best starting five

By Chris Ballard

All-Points Bulletin

A vet who plays like a rambunctious kid and a kid who plays like a savvy vet have made the Clippers a must-see

By Jack McCallum


The Almighty Duck

With a new knee--and back in the city where he belongs--speedy sniper Teemu Selanne has Anaheim within quacking distance of the Stanley Cup finals

By Michael Farber

Speed Special

The promise of an up-tempo series has fans salivating

By Michael Farber


Parting Shots?

His increasingly poor production--especially the agonizing march to overtake Babe Ruth--has stirred talk that this could be the last hurrah for Barry Bonds in San Francisco

By Tom Verducci


Inside: The Week In Sports


By Albert Chen

Tom Verducci's View

By Tom Verducci


By Peter King

King's Corner

By Peter King

Motor Sports

By Lars Anderson

Life of Reilly

The Blonde Leading the Blind

By Rick Reilly


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No More Mr. Nice Guy

Too introspective and too small for the heavyweight game, Floyd Patterson was a proxy for the rest of us

By Richard Hoffer

Hanging Garden

Have the Knicks' owner and Isiah Thomas decided Larry Brown must go?

By S.L. Price

For the Record

Bent Unlike Beckham

Part one of a soccer trilogy provides plenty of action but not much heart

By Mark Bechtel

Q&A Seal

The 43-year-old Grammy winner is married to SI swimsuit model Heidi Klum

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd