SPECIAL DOUBLE ISSUE
The Great American Sports
98 Hall of Fame Members
102 200 Wins, 300 HRs
104 Where Pros Come From
106 The NFL by Position
110 Teams on the Move
115 Altered States
121 What Fans Watch
122 College Champs
124 Olympic Athletes
126 Where the Courses Are
130 Where Stars Are Born
6 Leading Off
SI's photo gallery of champions who thrilled sports fans in 2004
27 Air and Space •
To all the doofuses who did things in 2004 that I couldn't make up by Steve Rushin
• Best sports books of the year
• Roddick's magical mystery tour
• Johnson beats Tarver in tight fight
44 Faces in the Crowd
136 The Life of Reilly
Want to learn something about life? Be a Santa by Rick Reilly
61 The NFL
• How will Eagles do without TO?
65 College Basketball
• Creighton senior's comeback
• A's, Braves, Yanks shuffle aces
70 The NBA
• Kings' two stars not aligned
72 College Football
• Utah QB is SI's Player of the Year
Even as new stars were born in 2004--welcome, Michael Phelps, Ben Roethlisberger, Maria Sharapova, Smarty Jones--others, such as Pat Tillman (right), went dark. Each of the athletes, coaches and innovators who died left a mark: some great, some small, all indelible
Who Would Pros Pay to See?
In the ultimate peer review SI polled more than 600 players from the Big Three pro sports to find out which athletes they admire most. Some names, like Tiger Woods (right), were expected. Other choices--and choice comments--were not
By Jack McCallum
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PETER GREGOIRE
INSET PHOTOS: Preston Mack/US Presswire (Manning); Fernando Medina/WireImage.com (Clemens); Rick Stewart/Getty Images (Abdul-Jabbar)
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