The Lineup

October 27, 2003

DEPARTMENTS

6 Leading Off

14 Letters
Setting child athletes straight

16 Catching Up With ...

19 Air and Space
NCAA hoops coaches' new song: "Let's get ethical"
by Steve Rushin

23 Scorecard
--The crying game: Yankees baseball
--Will track steroid scandal spread?
--The Blackhawks' obsessed fan
--Cuban freediver sets new record

34 Faces in the Crowd

164 The Life of Reilly
Pickup baseball at 110º, just 250 miles from Baghdad
by Rick Reilly

SI's 50TH ANNIVERSARY

38 Grit and Bear It
The Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii proved again that it is the
foremost test of endurance by Kenny Moore

INSIDE ...

156 College Football
--USC's sack-happy, ball-hawking D
--Red Raider aims at passing record

158 The NFL
--Ravens counting on rookie QB
--49ers win one on the ground

162 The NHL
--Flyers' Roenick at odds with coach
--Thrashers' surprisingly fast start

WORLD SERIES

50 Old School
With a 72-year-old manager and a time-tested style of play,
Florida took on the Yankees
by Tom Verducci

PRO FOOTBALL

56 Ride 'Em, Cowboy
In a stunning turnaround, Quincy Carter has taken the reins in
Dallas and won five straight
by Jeffri Chadiha

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

60 Dawgs' Best Friends
There's no tighter duo in the nation than Georgia's David Greene
and David Pollack
by Kelley King

HORSE RACING

64 Hollywood Ending
After a star turn in Seabiscuit and a real-life brush with death,
Gary Stevens is riding high again
by Tim Layden

SPECIAL DOUBLE ISSUE
2003-04 NBA PREVIEW

68 Carry That Weight
Can an 18-year-old shoulder the burden of a league, a city and a
few corporations?
by Jack McCallum

76 NBA How-To Guide
Throw an outlet pass? Easy. For the really hard stuff, here are
tips from the pros

88 The Hayseed
Just give center Brad Miller an ATV and a soybean field
by Chris Ballard

94 Scouting Reports
SI ranks all 29 teams

COVER
PHOTOGRAPH BY WALTER IOOSS JR.
COVER FLAP: MICHAEL DARDEN/WEST HAWAII TODAY/AP

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