The Lineup

September 28, 2003

September 29, 2003
VOLUME 99, NO. 12

DEPARTMENTS

4 Leading Off
11 Contributors
12 Letters
Take Ozzy out of the ball game

23 Air and Space
Will someone please think up an original sports story? by Steve
Rushin

25 Scorecard

--NASCAR dads meet soccer moms?
--U.S. Davis Cuppers dodge a bullet
--A boxer the size of an NBA forward
--The Show: NBC dreams of Jeanie

38 Faces in the Crowd

100 The Life of Reilly
My team is wonderful. Yours is the pure essence of evil by Rick
Reilly

SI's 50TH ANNIVERSARY

40 Thank God It's Friday
That's high school football night in Texas, where the sport is as
big as the state by Jack McCallum

INSIDE ...

90 College Football
--LSU claws its way into title picture
--Sooners, Cowboys roll to records

93 The NFL
--Joey Porter's amazing comeback
--QB leads Browns back from dead

98 Baseball
--Stewart powers Minnesota surge
--Thome rewards Phillies' faith

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

54 Make Way for Ducks
Wild uniforms and a huge win over Michigan: ultracool Oregon
proved it belongs among the elite
by Austin Murphy

BASEBALL

60 SI's 2003 Awards
Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds are our MVPs, and a 72-year-old is
our National League Manager of the Year
by Tom Verducci

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

66 Weathering the Storm
April Heinrichs led the U.S. team, shaken by the end of the pro
league, to an opening win
by Grant Wahl

PRO FOOTBALL

68 High Priest
The NFL's best rusher, Priest Holmes, is finally earning the
respect (and cash) he deserves
by Michael Silver

BASEBALL

74 The Most Exciting 12 Seconds in Sports
In the increasingly ho-hum world of bombs and bases on balls,
nothing is missed more than the triple. Here are 12 reasons why
by Roy Blount Jr.

COVER

PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT BECK
INSET PHOTO: BOB ROSATO
COVER FLAP PHOTOS: ERIC DRAPER/WHITE HOUSE (BUSH); DARREN CARROLL

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COLOR PHOTO: MARK GOLDMAN/ICON SMI WEBSIGHT Hideki Matsui's glove work is one reason the Yankee should be voted American League Rookie of the Year (page 60).

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