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The Lineup

Nov. 17, 2003
Nov. 17, 2003

Table of Contents
Nov. 17, 2003

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The Lineup

DEPARTMENTS

This is an article from the Nov. 17, 2003 issue Original Layout

8 Leading Off

16 Catching Up With ...

18 Letters
Enough already about LeBron

21 Air and Space
Mush, Muzz, Gump and other glories of hockey by Steve Rushin

23 Scorecard
--Ty Willingham, mere mortal
--No Olympics for U.S. ballplayers
--Death of a major leaguer
--We ask, Mark Messier answers

32 Faces in the Crowd

92 The Life of Reilly
Record, shmecord, says young Nate Haasis. Bravo, say I
by Rick Reilly

SI's 50TH ANNIVERSARY

36 Water World
The state of Washington boasts an unmatched rowing tradition 100
years in the making
by Grant Wahl

INSIDE ...

87 College Football
--QB takes Pitt to top of Big East
--Papa Bowden spanked by son

90 Boxing
--Roy Jones Jr. wins title, loses aura
--Jones-Tyson fight is no sure thing

NFL MIDSEASON REPORT
Who's on top, who's making his mark, who's done, who's going all
the way

48 Are the Chiefs a Lock?
In a year filled with brilliant coaching, Dick Vermeil is working
magic with undefeated Kansas City
by Peter King
--Five Top Assistant Coaches

54 Tough Customer
Playing with courage and confidence, Titans QB Steve McNair is
making his case for MVP honors
by Michael Silver
--Midseason All-Pro Team

60 Dr. Z's Playoff Picks
--Plus This Week's Forecast

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

44 Don't Call Him Coach
John Gagliardi, with his eccentric program, sets the alltime
record for wins
by Austin Murphy

BREAKING OUT

64 Carmelo Anthony
The dazzling Nuggets rookie has Denver looking to make itself
into a contender
by Ian Thomsen

68 Chris Leak
Behind this gifted freshman, Florida is the hottest football team
in the Sunshine State
by Kelley King

72 Ilya Kovalchuk
The bereaved Thrashers have responded to their showboating scorer
by Michael Farber

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

76 Return of the Native
After 15 glorious seasons at Kansas, Roy Williams has gone home
to North Carolina
by Grant Wahl

COVER
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN BIEVER
COVER FLAP PHOTOS: DAMIAN STROHMEYER (MCNAIR); DANIEL HALE
(REGATTA); TOM DIPACE (BLEDSOE)

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COLOR PHOTO: JEFFREY LOWE HE'S SO 'MELO Denver's Carmelo Anthony shrugs off comparisonswith that other teen phenom, in Cleveland (page 64).