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December 4, 2006 Table Of Contents

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Late Sleepers

Think your league's waiver wire is picked clean? Don't be so sure. Here are 10 impact (and probably available) players to grab for the season's final weeks

By David Sabino

Start 'Em


By David Sabino

Sit 'Em


5 Minute Fantasy

By Gene Menez

From the Editor

The Next Sportsman

Who should it be? A debate rages at

By Terry McDonell

Air and Space

Give the Kids A Break

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

Going Through Hoops

Despite setbacks, a Georgia basketball star finds success

By Chris Mannix

SI Players

The Perfect 10

Figuring in regular-season stats and strength of schedule, RISE's top football analyst,Jon Mahoney, offers the very best players on both sides of the ball for 2006

Football America


Tests of strength and endurance, emotions running furiously high, individuals primed to function as a unit, as exhilarating for fans as it is for competitors--played at any level, only one game has it all

By Austin Murphy

Make or Break

Backyard Brawls? Civil Wars? As last week proved, annual games between college enemies are sports' greatest events--each able to define a season and cause 364 days of agony or ecstasy

By Phil Taylor

Huck Finn's Last Ride

For 15 years Brett Favre has been the NFL's answer to Mark Twain's barefoot scamp--forever young and reckless. But nothing lasts forever, and the chattering heads think it's time for him to retire. Pray that they're wrong

By Jeff MacGregor


In the Moment

In a year that has tested him like no other, Tom Brady showed--with one sublime, supremely unlikely move--why he and the Patriots may yet be a Super Bowl team

By Michael Silver


Inside: The Week In Sports

College Basketball

By Seth Davis


By Ian Thomsen


By Jeffri Chadiha

Peter King's Corner

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast: When QBs Collide

By Paul Zimmerman

Life of Reilly

Nothing but Thanks

By Rick Reilly


Sizing Up a Legend

With intimate accounts and stunning photographs, a huge tome portrays the remarkable life of Pelé

By Mark Mravic

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Dueling Thomas

Larry Brown has moved on, but Isiah Thomas, his embattled successor as the Knicks' coach, has found plenty of others to feud with this season

For the Record

Q&A Matthew Fox

The 40-year-old actor (Lost) plays former Marshall assistant football coach Red Dawson in We Are Marshall, which opens on Dec. 22

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd