The Lineup

October 12, 2003

DEPARTMENTS

6 Leading Off

13 Catching Up With ...

15 Letters
Almost everybody loves Mia Hamm

17 Air and Space
The pagan rites of sport, a pagan rite in itself by Steve Rushin

19 Scorecard
--How long can Paterno hang on?
--NHL player dies of crash injuries
--Rush to judgment on Limbaugh
--Yankees superfan Giuliani on grill

30 Faces in the Crowd

106 The Life of Reilly
Shaq testifies on Kobe, Phil, the new Lakers and himself by Rick
Reilly

SI's 50TH ANNIVERSARY

32 A Day at the Races
Yes, Virginia, steeplechase racing is alive--and fun--as old
money meets new at the Gold Cup by Franz Lidz

INSIDE ...

100 College Football
--Auburn is great, but it's too late
--No QB controversy at Virginia Tech

102 The NFL
--Chiefs' Hall burns on returns
--Romanowski mulls retirement

105 Soccer
--U.S. exits Women's World Cup
--SI's pick in final: Germany

BASEBALL

44 What It Will Take Now
Boston surged into an ALCS grudge match against New York
by Tom Verducci

The Cubs' and Marlins' young aces match up in the NLCS
by Daniel G. Habib

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

50 Unknown, Undefeated
Led by in-state kids with something to prove, Northern Illinois
has crashed the rankings
by Tim Layden

PRO FOOTBALL

54 Viking Conqueror
Minnesota is 5-0 thanks to a defense led by brawny, brainy
lunatic Chris Hovan
by Josh Elliott

NHL 2003-04 PREVIEW

58 Goalie Land
Why does Quebec crank out the best netminders?
by Michael Farber

64 The Ice Cop
Goalies, beware Kris King, equipment snoop
by Stephen Cannella

66 Size Matters
The NHL is in the Dead Puck Era. A big reason is goalies' huge
pads

72 Top 40 Goalies
Wings' Hasek is back, but Devils' Brodeur is No. 1
by Pierre McGuire

74 Scouting Reports
All 30 teams; how they'll finish; who'll win the Cup

COVER

PHOTOGRAPHS BY BOB ROSATO
(WOOD); ROBERT BECK (MARTINEZ)
COVER FLAP PHOTOS: SIMON BRUTY (STEEPLECHASE); JOHN IACONO
(SMITH)

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COLOR PHOTO: DAVID E. KLUTHO (ICE EXTENDED BY SI IMAGING) ICE ON THE WING Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg kicks upspray and the Red Wings mount another Cup run (page 78).

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