The Lineup

August 31, 2003

September 1, 2003
VOLUME 99, NO. 8

DEPARTMENTS

10 Leading Off

16 Letters
Our readers on college football

18 Catching Up With ...

21 Air and Space
Take heart, Tigers, everyone loves a loser--eventually
by Steve Rushin

23 Scorecard
--Pete Sampras: unbeloved genius
--Japan is Little League's big winner
--Laila Ali gets KO in Ms.-match
--Q&A with top seed Andre Agassi

36 Faces in the Crowd

184 The Life of Reilly
Shaping up with Bill Romanowski is all in a day's work
by Rick Reilly

SI's 50TH ANNIVERSARY

38 Game of Their Life
In Maryland, lacrosse diehards battle for glory at the Ocean
City Classic by Kostya Kennedy

BASEBALL

50 Beware the Bats
Powered by catcher Javy Lopez, Atlanta is winning not with
pitching but with hitting by Daniel G. Habib

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

54 Cowboy Quarterback
Washington's Cody Pickett, the son of a rodeo star, has a
chance to lasso the Heisman by Phil Taylor

TRIBUTE

58 Remembering Bonds
Bobby Bonds was a player so hounded by expectations that his
career was unappreciated by Ron Fimrite

SPECIAL DOUBLE ISSUE
NFL PREVIEW

64 The Marked Man
Embattled Kurt Warner needs a return to MVP form
by Michael Silver

70 The Gamble
The Eagles take a chance on an undersized linebacker
by Peter King

74 The Hot Seat
Is this Dave Wannstedt's last chance in Miami?
by Jeffri Chadiha

80 Cool Under Fire
When a game's on the line, these pros are the best
by Paul Zimmerman

84 Scouting Reports
Can anybody stop the Bucs in their bid to repeat?

INSIDE ...

177 Baseball
--It's a mind game for Twins pitchers

181 College Football
--Kansas State's dynamic backfield

182 Track and Field
--Kelli White new queen in the 100

COVER
PHOTOGRAPH BY WALTER IOOSS JR.; HEINZ KLUETMEIER (BACKGROUND)

COVER FLAP PHOTOS: ROBERT BECK (TOMLINSON); JOHN BIEVER (MADDOX,
MCNAIR); BILL FRAKES (BLEDSOE); LARRY FRENCH (MARYLAND); TOM
HAUCK/ICON SMI (OWENS); HEINZ KLUETMEIER (GANNON); DAVID E.
KLUTHO (PLUMMER); DAMIAN STROHMEYER (BRADY, FAVRE, HOLMES,
MCNABB, SAPP); AL TIELEMANS (BROOKS)

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COLOR PHOTO: ROBERT BECK HAMMERIN' JAVY At week's end Javy Lopez of the Braves led allmajor league catchers with a .326 batting average, 34 home runsand 85 RBIs (page 50).

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