The Lineup

November 24, 2003

DEPARTMENTS

4 Leading Off

13 Letters
Love the Marlins, defend the Yanks

17 Catching Up With ...

21 Air and Space
Fantasy basketball: LeBron, Dajuan and Caron in college by Steve
Rushin

23 Scorecard
--Baseball's steroid tests: oooh, scary
--Will ESPN bench Playmakers?
--Adu declares: MLS, not Europe
--Bowling kingpin interrogated

35 Faces in the Crowd

146 The Life of Reilly
Flight of the chicken: skydiving with the Golden Knights by Rick
Reilly

SI's 50TH ANNIVERSARY

36 'Bama vs. Auburn
This week's Iron Bowl game will divide a state that obsesses
about it 52 weeks a year by Mark Bechtel

INSIDE ...

136 College Football
--Next for Buckeyes: Wolverines
--UConn, future Big East power?

139 The NHL
--Rookie King of the Canucks

140 The NBA
--Big steal: Sonics' Murray
--Can Grizzlies lure a star?

142 The NFL
--Plummer back in the saddle
--Flutie wants two more years

PRO FOOTBALL

46 Break Up the Bengals
In 10 games under coach Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati has gone from
NFL laughingstock to AFC playoff contender
by Michael Silver

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

54 Rebuilt for Success
Playing on reconstructed knees, Jason White stands atop the
nation's passer ratings and has Oklahoma flirting with perfection
by Phil Taylor

PRO FOOTBALL

58 Black Sunday
Forty years ago this weekend, as America grieved for President
John F. Kennedy, stunned NFL players were told to take the field
by Charles P. Pierce

COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW 2003-04

66 Postmodern Postmen
Today's shorter centers are using skill and savvy in the pivot
by Grant Wahl

74 Brain Meets Brawn
Emeka Okafor studies fiercely and blocks shots ferociously
by Tim Layden

80 5 Minute Index
An instant guide to the players, coaches and games to watch
by Seth Davis

82 The Stability Index
Just how solid are our preseason Top 20? SI has a surefire way to
tell
by Alexander Wolff

84 Scouting Reports
Our Top 20 plus the other 45 that should make the tournament

120 Senior Moments
Expect blood, sweat and tears from the class of '04 in women's
hoops
by Kelli Anderson

124 Love, Italian Style
UConn's cocky coach and fearless player share a passion for hoops
by Frank Deford

COVER
PHOTOGRAPH BY JEFFERY A. SALTER
COVER FLAP PHOTOS: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (ARIZONA, DUKE, GONZAGA);
BOB ROSATO (FLORIDA); MANNY MILLAN (NORTH CAROLINA); AL TIELEMANS
(MICHIGAN STATE); DAVID E. KLUTHO (MISSOURI); JOHN BIEVER
(KANSAS); NEIL LEIFER (ALABAMA)

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COLOR PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: JOHN BIEVER (GRASS EXTENDED BY SI IMAGING) RUDI AWAKENING Kansas City was handed its first loss by Rudi Johnson (32) and the Bengals (page 46).

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