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February 9, 2009 Table Of Contents

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Opportunity Knocks

A late bloomer like FBR Open winner Kenny Perry knew exactly what a couple of rookie challengers were going through as they took another step toward long-sought success

By Alan Shipnuck

Pair of Aces

The next chapter in the Casey Martin story involves pal Dusty Schmidt (another golf prodigy halted by health woes), high-stakes online poker, and the lessons each man learned on the course

By John Garrity

Game Stopper

A giant tour sponsor walks

By Jim Gorant

Big Play

By AJ Bonar

Best in Show

By Gary Van Sickle

Updike's Folly

A day on the course with the literary lion

By Michael Bamberger

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick


The Fly Who Came in from the Cold

An unbridled streetball legend is honored by the school he made famous

By Rick Telander


For the Record

John Updike 1932--2009

A literary master had a keen eye for sports

By Stephen Cannella

Ingemar Johansson 1932--2009

By Richard Hoffer

Dr. Strangegloves

Was the champ packing his fists with extra wallop?

By Chris Mannix

NFL Roommates?

By Joe Lemire

Game Plan

What smart fans should do this week

Maggie Grace

The former Lost cast member stars in Taken, in theaters now

As told to Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

SI Players, Jan. 19, 2009: Update


The Steelers! Are Super!

In a pulse-pounding showdown that will rank among the NFL's classic championship games, the Steelers broke the Cardinals' hearts to earn a record sixth Lombardi Trophy and evoke memories of Pittsburgh's title teams of old.

By Damon Hack

Above and Beyond

After the greatest postseason ever by a receiver, the Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald has one goal: to become even better

By Jim Trotter

Work in Progress

These Steelers have built something special, but do they measure up to Pittsburgh's four-time champions of the '70s? No—not yet

By Peter King


Survivor: Melbourne

In blistering heat that brought down some of the fittest players at the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams left no doubt: They are the undisputed king and queen of their sport and may soon deserve berths among the alltime greats

By L. Jon Wertheim


Young Star, Old Soul

The Blazers have entrusted their future to a 24-year-old guard with the game of an aging veteran. Now, all that prematurely mature Brandon Roy has to do is learn to play like a kid

By Ian Thomsen


No Looking Back

Drafted second to Sidney Crosby four years ago, the Ducks' Bobby Ryan has overcome a slow start to his career and a harsh chapter of his family life to become the NHL's hottest rookie

By Michael Farber



Behind twin shooters Travis and Chavis Holmes, VMI has mobilized its long-dormant hoops program with a freewheeling attack that will make the Keydets dangerous come tournament time

By Tim Layden


Inside: The Week In Sports

Flying Starts

Two underhyped guards from the Northwest have taken the lead in the Pac-10 freshman of the year race

By Kelli Anderson

Seth Davis's Three-Pointer

By Seth Davis

Wanted Man

Knicks forward David Lee will be a jewel of this year's free-agent market, but don't expect a change of setting

By Chris Mannix

Point After

Excess, Please. Extra-Wretched

By Chris Ballard


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