Lineup

December 27, 2004

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

Departments

6 Leading Off

SI's photo gallery of champions who thrilled sports fans in 2004

23 Contributors

24 Letters

27 Air and Space •

To all the doofuses who did things in 2004 that I couldn't make up by Steve Rushin

34 Scorecard

• Best sports books of the year

• Roddick's magical mystery tour

• Johnson beats Tarver in tight fight

44 Faces in the Crowd

49 Players

136 The Life of Reilly

Want to learn something about life? Be a Santa by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

61 The NFL

• How will Eagles do without TO?

65 College Basketball

• Creighton senior's comeback

69 Baseball

• 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

74

Farewell

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

86

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

Cover

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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