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December 10, 2007 | Volume 107, Issue 23

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Brett Favre Cover - Sports Illustrated December 10, 2007

December 10, 2007 | S.L. PRICE
Members of the Rolle clan, descended from freed slaves in the Bahamas, have left their mark on football, baseball, basketball, track and other college and pro sports in the U.S.

December 10, 2007
The NFL With Marvin Harrison out, Reggie Wayne has emerged as the Colts' go-to guy • Peter King's early look at the draft's top quarterback prospects • Dr. Z's Forecast: Patriots over Steelers

December 10, 2007 | Lee Jenkins
Wayne's World In Marvin Harrison's absence, longtime No. 2 receiver Reggie Wayne has kept the Colts' passing game clicking

December 10, 2007 | Lee Jenkins
After a career-high four straight games without a sack, Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman had four in his last two games, including three in Sunday's 24--10 victory at Kansas City. Merriman is a...

December 10, 2007 | Peter King
In next April's draft three experienced passers seem certain to be among the top 10 picks for the first time since the fateful trio of Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb and Akili Smith went one-two-three...

December 10, 2007 | Paul Zimmerman
Members of the unbeaten '72 Dolphins are casting their eyes to the heavens and pleading, "Won't anybody stop them?" When the talk about the Patriots' going undefeated this season got serious,...

December 10, 2007 | Joe Lemire
Eye-catching When it comes to drawing serious interest from the top programs, one breakout season is sometimes all it takes

December 10, 2007 | Joe Lemire
DE LA SALLE (Concord, Calif.) vs. CALIFORNIA (San Ramon), Dec. 8 The old guard meets the nouveau riche in the North Coast Section 4A final. Mike MacGillivray (left), who has thrown for 18 TDs,...

December 10, 2007 | Joe Lemire
SLOWING A RUNAWAY TRAIN Karns City (Pa.) was the first team this season to hold Jeannette (Pa.) to fewer than 40 points—but it still lost by the mercy rule. Led by five-star QB recruit Terrelle...

December 10, 2007 | Joe Lemire
1 NORTHWESTERN (Miami) 13--0 Faces Deerfield Beach, the last to beat Bulls in '05, in 6A semis

December 10, 2007 | Terry McDonell
WHEN I knew him best, the only occasionally irascible George Plimpton, who had written for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED from its freewheeling birth, liked to warn fellow writers of the "tin-eared butchery"...

December 10, 2007 | Terry McDonell
In his story on the perils of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (page 90), reporter David Epstein discusses how the congenital heart disease killed his close high school friend and training partner...

December 10, 2007 | L. Jon Wertheim
Power Play On a fast home court the U.S. pounded Russia into submission to win the Davis Cup for the first time in 12 years

December 10, 2007 | Chris Mannix
The Next AI? In dealing Allen Iverson, the Sixers made Andre Iguodala their franchise player. He may not be up to the role

December 10, 2007 | Chris Mannix
On the Warriors, who started 1--6 while 6'8" Stephen Jackson (right) served a suspension but then won seven of eight (with Jackson averaging 21.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists) upon his return:

December 10, 2007 | Kelli Anderson
On the Rise Playing in a glorified rec gym, a team of Big Easy natives is leading the latest rebuilding project in New Orleans

December 10, 2007 | Kelli Anderson
1 After winning eight of the 11 games in this year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the ACC has taken the series nine straight years. Perhaps it should pair up with the Colonial Athletic Association next...

December 10, 2007 | Peter King
I've covered Brett Favre throughout his pro career, and when people ask, "What's Favre really like?" I might tell a story about his dead-on imitation of Billy Bob Thornton's character in Sling...

December 10, 2007
Mayo Nays

December 10, 2007 | Richard Hoffer
He didn't have a great track record—but that was part of Evel Knievel's allure

December 10, 2007
WHO'S Hot

December 10, 2007
Who is the NFL's most overrated running back?

December 10, 2007 | Austin Murphy
IT'S THAT time of year, folks—time to play College Coaching Carousel, in which candidates fib about everything from their interest in other jobs ("I'm not going to be the Alabama coach," Nick...

December 10, 2007
Announced By Andy Pettitte (below) that he will put off his retirement and pitch for the Yankees in 2008. The 35-year-old lefty, who was 15--9 with a 4.05 ERA last year, declined a $16 million...

December 10, 2007
12 Starting quarterbacks with which Tampa Bay's Jon Gruden has won games in his career, the most of any active NFL coach.

December 10, 2007
eBay banned a collector from selling a jock strap that Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell wore during the World Series because it is "adult-oriented" material.

December 10, 2007
ANDRE IGUODALA 76ers forward, on how much his 5--11 team has struggled this season:

December 10, 2007 | As told to Chris Mannix
NUGGETS CENTER

December 10, 2007 | Paul Zimmerman
Remembering speedy Bill Willis, who helped integrate the NFL

December 10, 2007 | Paul Zimmerman
IT STARTED with a simple question: "Doctor, why don't players wee-wee after a football game?" That query, posed by a Florida assistant football coach in 1965, inspired Dr. Robert Cade (above),...

December 10, 2007
The least welcoming town in the NFL

December 10, 2007 | Richard Deitsch
Helio Castroneves

December 10, 2007 | Mark Beech
Two bare Bruins are the highlight of a New York City art exhibit

December 10, 2007 | Mark Beech
EVEN BY the standards of celebrity culture Floyd Mayweather Jr. has had a remarkable year. Not only did the undefeated welter weight champion earn more than $25 million for his 12-round victory...

December 10, 2007 | Adam Duerson
A TV series on small-town hoops love

December 10, 2007 | Adam Duerson
THOSE WHO thought Bob Knight was mellowing at 67 should head over to The Dallas Morning News website (www.dallasnews.com). In October the Texas Tech basketball coach was twice accused of being...

December 10, 2007 | Adam Duerson
IT'S HARD for either side to claim the moral high ground in the dispute between the NFL and the country's leading cable operators, a yearlong spat between billion-dollar behemoths that has kept 53...

December 10, 2007 | Adam Duerson
HOME OF THE NIMRODS

December 10, 2007 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

December 10, 2007
Louis Bland MODESTO, CALIF. > Football Louis, a senior running back at Central Catholic High, has scored a Sac-Joaquin Section--record 100 career touchdowns. This season he has rushed for 1,378...

December 10, 2007 | ALAN SHIPNUCK

December 10, 2007 | ALAN SHIPNUCK
Personal Picks Check out 40 SI writers' selections for Sportsman of the Year.

December 10, 2007 | AUSTIN MURPHY

December 10, 2007 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Talk Back Sound off on the BCS fallout and weigh in with your thoughts in Stewart Mandel's Mailbag.

December 10, 2007 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Take the top seven teams in the final BCS rankings and No. 10 Hawaii (sorry, Kansas, the only undefeated school in Division I-A deserves a shot to win it all), and you're left with a bracket that...

December 10, 2007
Bearfaced

December 10, 2007 | JIM TROTTER
HE HAD been dead for less than nine hours, the victim of an apparent break-in gone awry at his $900,000 home in a Miami suburb, when put up a column on its website under the headline TAYLOR'S...

December 10, 2007 | MICHAEL FARBER

December 10, 2007 | MICHAEL FARBER
Ice Man Michael Farber offers his take on the NHL's hot topics every week in his On the Fly column.

December 10, 2007 | JACK MCCALLUM

December 10, 2007 | JACK MCCALLUM
Full-Court Press Get a new Inside the NBA column from Jack McCallum every Thursday.

December 10, 2007 | DAVID EPSTEIN

December 10, 2007 | DAVID EPSTEIN
NORMAL HEART Left Ventricle Wall Right Ventricle Septum Left Ventricle Cavity

December 10, 2007 | DAVID EPSTEIN
A Tragic Turn More from David Epstein on how HCM cut short one promising athlete's dreams.

December 10, 2007 | David Epstein
HCM may be the leading killer of young athletes, but other cardiovascular conditions have also claimed prominent lives

December 10, 2007 | Jim Trotter

December 10, 2007 | David Sabino

December 10, 2007 | David Sabino
Having lineup problems? David Sabino fields your fantasy questions on Sunday mornings at SI.com/fantasy.

December 10, 2007
PGA TOUR

December 10, 2007 | Gary Van Sickle
SI senior writer Gary Van Sickle has covered more than 225 golf tournaments during his 11 years at the magazine. Here are his five favorites from 2007.

December 10, 2007 | compiled by Sal Johnson
Cost of a Card

December 10, 2007 | Robert Beck
Robert Beck, who got his first assignment for SI in 1988, has shot more golf tournaments--almost 160 and counting--than any other photographer in the 53-year history of the magazine. Here are his...

December 10, 2007 | Jeff Silverman
5 TOMMY'S HONOR: THE STORY OF OLD TOM MORRIS AND YOUNG TOM MORRIS, GOLF'S FOUNDING FATHER AND SON by Kevin Cook (Gotham Books, $27.50) Cook's superbly researched study of Old Tom, his star-crossed...

December 10, 2007 | Compiled by Rick Lipsey
Buddy Allin

December 10, 2007 | Jim Gorant
The drama of Q school is a familiar one. On the one hand you have this year's victor at Orange County National in Orlando, 38-year-old two-time Tour winner Frank Lickliter, who lost his game after...

December 10, 2007 | Jim Gorant
Greg Norman's spectacular Florida estate hits the market

December 10, 2007 | Dottie Pepper
My Christmas wish list includes two items that would be huge gifts to golf. First, I'd love to see David Duval (left) return to the PGA Tour's elite. With his family now healthy and a medical...

December 10, 2007 | MIKE LOPUSZYNSKI
WHO Tommy (Two Gloves) Gainey

December 10, 2007 | MIKE LOPUSZYNSKI
Who gets your vote for player of the year?

December 10, 2007 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
For the first year since 1970, Dave Anderson has no Masters plan

December 10, 2007 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
by JAMES P. HERRE

December 10, 2007 | MICHAEL BAMBERGER
Tiny Scottish town rejects Donald Trump's proposed $2.1 billion resort

December 10, 2007 | Alan Shipnuck

December 10, 2007 | Caitlin Moscatello
Weird flavors help Jones bust the Coke-Pepsi sports monopoly

December 10, 2007 | Caitlin Moscatello
WHEN THEY were negotiating the current CBA with the players' union in 2005, NHL owners pushed through a bylaw that players with entry-level NHL contracts would be paid in that team's...

December 10, 2007 | Caitlin Moscatello
IT'S HOCKEY'S VERSION of the Louisville Slugger—the Sher-Wood stick, which the Sherwood-Drolet company has made of birch and aspen at its Sherbrooke, Que., factory since 1949. But no more. Next...

December 10, 2007 | John Garrity
Fans can work up a sweat at the new college hoops Hall

December 10, 2007 | John Garrity
IT WAS almost as rare a sight in Cambridge, Mass., as a pro-Bush rally: a sellout crowd (of 2,050) rushing the court at Harvard's Lavietes Pavilion after a basketball win. "It's amazing," forward...

December 10, 2007
NAVY SMOTHERED Army all afternoon when the teams met last Saturday for the 108th time, in Baltimore. Even Billy the Goat got into the act. The Navy mascot scored a takedown on a boisterous Cadet...