1 of 21Michael J. LeBrecht II/1Deuce3 Photography/SI
Ranked No. 3 in the country, but No. 1 in SI's College Basketball preview issue, the Jayhawks didn't just lose to anyone in their first game after the cover appearance, they lost to Oral Roberts, and in Lawrence, no less.
2 of 21Michael O'Neill/SI
Nov. 14, 2006
The gospel truth, even as SI was still working on the issue, Lewis took a knee to the back in a game against the Bengals, but didn't miss a play. He missed every day of practice the next week, however, and became the first Ravens defensive starter to miss a game this season when he didn't suit up against Tennessee. Four days later he had surgery to have a pocket of blood drained from his swollen back and was listed as questionable for the next game.
3 of 21Al Tielemans/SI
Oct. 2, 2006
Neither the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers nor the team that many predicted would win the AFC North this year have fared well since appearing on this cover. The Bengals proceeded to lose five of their next six and the Steelers dropped four of their next five.
4 of 21Damian Strohmeyer/SI
Aug. 28, 2006
A flamethrower who won 15 of his first 21 decisions in laying the foundation for AL Rookie of the Year honors, Verlander won only two of his final six regular season games after appearing on the cover. He gave up a season-high eight earned runs in his first outing after the issue hit the newsstand. We won't even mention those two World Series losses.
5 of 21Simon Bruty/SI
June 5, 2006
OK. No one was asking them to win the World Cup, but the way in which they lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic in the opening match was a huge buzz kill.
6 of 21SI
March 6, 2006
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.
7 of 21Simon Bruty/SI
Feb. 6, 2006
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.
8 of 21Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Dec. 26, 2005
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.
9 of 21Bob Rosato/SI
Nov. 7, 2005
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.
10 of 21Clay Patrick McBride/SI
Oct. 24, 2005
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.
11 of 21Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Oct. 3, 2005
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.
12 of 21Damian Strohmeyer/SI
Sept. 26, 2005
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?
13 of 21Bob Donnan/US PRESSWIRE
Sept. 19, 2005
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.
14 of 21Damian Strohmeyer/SI
Sept. 12, 2005
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.
15 of 21John Biever/SI
Sept. 5, 2005
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.
16 of 21Al Tielemans/SI
Aug. 29, 2005
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.
17 of 21John Biever/SI
Aug. 8, 2005
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.
18 of 21Al Tielemans/SI
March 7, 2005
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.
19 of 21Fred Vuich/SI
Feb. 28, 2005
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.
20 of 21David Bergman/SI
Jan. 31, 2005
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.
21 of 21Bill Frakes/SI
Jan. 17, 2005
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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