The Lineup

October 05, 2003

October 6, 2003
VOLUME 99, NO. 13

DEPARTMENTS

6 Leading Off

12 Letters
An NFL sumo over Andy Roddick?

19 Air and Space
Loco motion: professional athletes and cars by Steve Rushin

21 Scorecard
--NBA's life lessons for rookies
--Fans' guide to California recall vote
--Tribute: Althea Gibson, pioneer
--The Show: Pat Riley clips coupons

30 Faces in the Crowd

90 The Life of Reilly
Cubs in the playoffs? Even their fans can't believe it
by Rick Reilly

SI's 50TH ANNIVERSARY

32 Field of Dreams
For Wisconsin Cheeseheads, season tickets at Lambeau Field are
life's holy grail by Josh Elliott

INSIDE ...

78 College Football
--Cal game plan undoes Trojans

80 Motor Sports
--Schumacher nears sixth world title

82 Soccer
--New Mia Hamm: Give me the ball

84 The NFL
--McNabb showing signs of life

88 The NBA
--Nick Van Exel, unhappy Warrior

GEORGE PLIMPTON

40 The Natural
This singular man of letters helped define sport in the 20th
century even as he elevated it
by Terry McDonell

PRO FOOTBALL

42 Snake Eyes
The Broncos rolled the dice on quarterback Jake Plummer, and he
is proving to be a good bet
by Jeffri Chadiha

BASEBALL

48 Last Men Standing
The fate of all eight playoff teams could rest on their flawed
bullpens
by Tom Verducci

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

54 Bigger, Badder, Brasher
Riding a revolution on offense, wide receivers are the new
superstars of the game
by Tim Layden

SPECIAL REPORT: THE AMERICAN ATHLETE, AGE 10

59 Are the Games Still Fun?
Many kids give up all sports at 10 or have to choose one to
excel at
by Alexander Wolff; special reporting by Gene Menez

62 Index of the 10-Year-Old
What 4.2 million children in the U.S. play, watch, eat, own and
think

63 Baseball or Bust
With big league dreams, 10-year-old Cooper Moseley played 127
games

64 A Girl in Full
Elizabeth Beisel, violinist and aquatic athlete, soon faces a
tough decision

68 Take It from Cal
Reduce pressure and emphasize teaching skills, says Cal
Ripken Jr.

70 Diamond in the Rough
Amid poverty, drugs and murder, Diamond Pless pursues his NFL
dream by Robert Andrew Powell

COVER

PHOTOGRAPH BY PETER READ MILLER
INSET PHOTO: ROBERT BECK
COVER FLAP PHOTOS: SIMON BRUTY (RED SOX); CHUCK SOLOMON (TWINS);
JAMES V. BIEVER PHOTOGRAPHY (WISCONSIN)

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COLOR PHOTO: GARY BOGDON POUR IT ON Heavy rains can't wash out a Miami junior peeweefootball game (page 59).

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