38 Why We Play
A test of strength, the fury of emotions—played at any level, only one game has it all
by Austin Murphy
54 Make or Break
As last week proved, college rivalry showdowns are sports' greatest events
by Phil Taylor
With one move, Tom Brady showed the Bears why the Patriots may be a title team
by Michael Silver
64 Huck Finn's Last Ride
Brett Favre, the NFL's answer to Twain's barefoot antihero
by Jeff MacGregor
6 Leading Off
13 From the Editor
17 Air and Space
The Supreme Court gets a three-month recess. Can't schoolkids get at least a half hour?
by Steve Rushin
The many feuds of Isiah Thomas
A farewell to Willie Pep
33 Faces in the Crowd
88 Life of Reilly
For the nets that save African children from malaria, there's nothing but thanks
by Rick Reilly
78 College Basketball
Julian Wright fires up Kansas
80 The NBA
Zach Randolph's scorching start
82 The NFL
Who's poised for a playoff run?
Dr. Z: The Giants' woes continue
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38 MUD SQUAD Freshman Branden Tompkins of the Liberty Central (N.Y.) High Indians took some of the field with him after a game against Park Ridge (N.J.) High.
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88 SMILES FOR RILES A group of children in Nigeria greeted SI's Rick Reilly, who traveled to Africa for his Nothing But Nets campaign.
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