Sportsman of the Year 2006
The 24-year-old guard pulled the Heat out of a deep playoff hole, helped put the shine back on a tarnished league and lifted his mom out of her own personal hell
by S.L. Price
66 Silver Star
In just two months, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has gone from a buried backup to the NFL's best-rated passer
by Tim Layden
• The Giants' turmoil
76 Playoff, Please
Even before UCLA stunned USC, heightening the title-game debate, the BCS was as problematic as ever
by Phil Taylor
• SI's eight-team playoff
84 Court of Appeal
Arizona freshman Chase Budinger has chosen hoops over volleyball stardom
by Grant Wahl
90 Back on the Edge
After his letdown at the Olympics, Bode Miller is fit, fast and focused on winning
by Tim Layden
96 Best We've Ever Had
No U.S.-born forward can match the career of Stars center Mike Modano
by Michael Farber
8 Leading Off
21 From the Editor
23 Air and Space
Guffaw, chortle, giggle. It's an NFL pregame show
by Chris Ballard
Is Mark McGwire Hall-worthy?
35 Faces in the Crowd
124 Life of Reilly
They'd rather shoot under 50% than shoot underhanded
by Rick Reilly
112 The NBA
A headband flap ignites Chicago
115 The NFL
Assessing Jay Cutler's first start
120 College Basketball
UNC women try a little selfishness
122 The NHL
Toronto's cooler heads prevail
PHOTOGRAPH BY WALTER IOOSS JR.
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DAMIAN STROHMEYER (ROMO)
66 LO-MO The NFL's brightest new star, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, didn't stumble when it mattered against the Giants on Sunday.
WALTER IOOSS JR. (WADE)
LISA BLUMENFELD/GETTY IMAGES (WALLACE)
112 BEN, DON'T BREAK After Ben Wallace gave up his fight to wear a headband, the Bulls took off.
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MEL LEVINE (SHE/Z)
ROBERT BECK (MATSUZAKA)