42 Bringing ItHome
Trusting in each other and in their history-making coach, Peyton Manning andthe Colts came together to vanquish the Bears and lay claim to greatness
by Michael Silver
• A Father's Wish
by Peter King
• Possession Obsession
by Paul Zimmerman
54 Smash Hit
Carlos Delgado's convictions, like his power stroke, were forged in PuertoRico
by Karl Taro Greenfeld
62 The FightingDuck
Anaheim is the NHL's most pugnacious team, led by its Princeton-educatedgoon
by Michael Farber
64 Lord Jim
For the NBA's most baffling franchise, the spotlight is on the tempestuousowner, Jim Dolan, and a much-maligned coach who will either build a winner orlose his job
by S.L. Price
10 Leading Off
21 Air andSpace
He's a 6'10", shot-swatting high school junior. So what if he has no lefthand—literally? by Steve Rushin
The NFL's concussion conundrum
Sammy Sosa's back in Texas
Iona finally wins a game
31 Faces in theCrowd
First Person: Candace Parker
Emmitt Smith reflects on his SI covers
78 Life ofReilly
The Bears may be good enough to win a Super Bowl, but they never will without aRexorcism
by Rick Reilly
Reggie Theus revives the Aggies
77 The NBA
The No. 1 pick starts to pay off
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42 INDY-FATIGABLE Peyton Manning (18) and the Colts' offense were not to be denied a victory over Chicago in Super Bowl XLI.
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77 WORK IN PROGRESS Since his return from a 15-game suspension, Carmelo Anthony has struggled to mesh with Allen Iverson in Denver.
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