No sooner had Redick appeared on the cover than Duke lost back-to-back games for the first time all season -- 79-74 at Florida State and 83-76 to North Carolina. Of course, the real downer would come on March 23, when both Redick and Morrison were sent packing from the NCAA tournament on the same night.
2 of 16Simon Bruty/SI
Feb. 6, 2006: U.S. men's Alpine ski team
Not only did Ted Ligety, Daron Rahlves, Bode Miller and Erik Schlopy win just one gold medal (Ligety's first place finish in the combined) at the Olympics, but Miller's reputation took a downhill slide.
3 of 16Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Dec. 26, 2005: Reggie Bush and Matt Leinhart
Bush, the 2006 Heisman trophy winner, and Leinart, the 2005 winner, were looking to extend USC's winning streak to 35 games and sew up the school's third consecutive AP national title, but they were denied by Heisman runner-up Vince Young and Texas in the Rose Bowl.
4 of 16Bob Rosato/SI
Nov. 7, 2005: Peyton Manning and Tom Brady
Somebody had to lose, but didn't you figure the winner, in this case Manning, would find his way to the Super Bowl? Of course, neither one did.
5 of 16Clay Patrick McBride/SI
Oct. 24, 2005: Ron Artest and Indiana
Larry Legend and Ron Ron didn't even make it through the season together as Artest asked for a trade and then recanted, but the damage had already been done.
6 of 16Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Oct. 3, 2005: Cleveland Indians Ronnie Belliard
When SI wrote the cover billing, "4 Teams, 3 Spots," little did the editors know that the team pictured would be the one left out. But the Indians lost six of their last seven -- five of them by one run -- and hit 7 for 56 with runners in scoring position.
7 of 16Damian Strohmeyer/SI
Sept. 26, 2005: Philadelphia Eagles
T.O. saw to it that this couple and this team was in trouble long before they landed on SI's cover. Still, how could we not include this one in the mix?
8 of 16Bob Donnan/US Presswire
Sept. 19, 2005: New Orleans Saints
Their win over Carolina in the opening week of the season made the Saints one of the feel-good stories in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but they suffered the double indignity the following week of having to travel to the Meadowlands for a "home game" and losing 27-10 to the Giants.
9 of 16Damian Strohmeyer/SI
Sept. 12, 2005: Ted Ginn
Ginn had 88 return yards, including 46 after a third-quarter kickoff, but he was held to nine receiving yards on two receptions as the Buckeyes' national title hopes were shot down by Vince Young and Texas, 23-20.
10 of 16John Biever/SI
Sept. 5, 2005: Jake Delhomme
In Carolina's first game after Delhomme appeared on the cover, the Panthers lost 23-20 to the New Orleans Saints. And though the Panthers made the playoffs, they didn't even play in the Super Bowl.
11 of 16Al Tielemans/SI
Aug. 29, 2005: Jeff Francoeur
Batting .362 with 10 homers and 30 RBIs in the 35 games he played in before appearing on the cover, Francoeur hit .236 with four homers and 15 RBI in his final 35 games, including only two dingers in the immediate 29 games after the cover exposure.
12 of 16John Biever/SI
Aug. 8, 2005: Ahman Green
After playing in at least 14 games a year in his previous seven NFL seasons, Green played in only five in 2005 and was averaging a career-low 3.3 yards a carry before rupturing his right quadriceps tendon and missing the rest of the season.
13 of 16Al Tielemans/SI
March 7, 2005: Dee Brown
How quick can you say 29-1? Dee Brown and the Illini were 29-0 and trying to become the first major men's college basketball team to go undefeated since Indiana in 1976. Alas, days after the cover hit the newsstands, they lost their final game of the regular season to Ohio State.
14 of 16Fred Vuich/SI
Feb. 28, 2005: Jeff Gordon
A week after winning the Daytona 500, Jeff Gordon had his worst starting position (28th) in 10 career races at California Speedway and his second-worst finish at the track (30th). It ended up being the only race all season in which he experienced engine failure.
15 of 16David Bergman/SI
Jan. 31, 2005: Jeremiah Trotter
Though he finished with four tackles two weeks later in Super Bowl XXXIX, Trotter's and the Eagles' party got rained on by the New England Patriots, who won 24-21.
16 of 16Bill Frakes/SI
Jan. 17, 2005: Reggie Wayne
A week after Wayne set a Colts postseason record with 221 receiving yards in a playoff victory over Denver, Indianapolis was held without a touchdown for the first time all season in a 20-3 loss to New England.
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