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The Lineup

Dec. 15, 2003
Dec. 15, 2003

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Dec. 15, 2003

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The Lineup

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This is an article from the Dec. 15, 2003 issue

8 Leading Off
17 Letters
Joe Willie, Alabama's best? Get out
24 Catching Up With ...
27 Air and Space
Who needs baseball season? The off-season is hotter by Steve Rushin
29 Scorecard
--Hello, Lennox? It's Vitali Klitschko
--Sylvester Croom looks ahead
--The Show: Paris Hilton, teammate
--Fast questions for Marla Streb
40 Trivia
44 Faces in the Crowd
158 The Life of Reilly
Who doesn't want to give Alonzo Mourning a kidney? by Rick Reilly

SI's 50TH ANNIVERSARY

48 Skier's Paradise
How World War II and nature's magic turned Colorado into heaven
for downhillers by E.M. Swift

INSIDE ...

144 College Football
--SI's Heisman, other award winners
147 College Basketball
--Spartans' soft play, hard schedule
151 The NHL
--Save eyes, make visors mandatory
153 The NBA
--McGrady packing his bags?

SPORTSMEN OF THE YEAR

58 Twice Blessed

David Robinson and Tim Duncan boosted the Spurs and their city
by Jack McCallum

--The Quiet Man
Tim Duncan has one obsession: He needs to win at everything he
does
by S.L. Price

PRO FOOTBALL

82 Snow Doubt About It
After whitewashing Miami, the Patriots are the AFC team to beat
by Michael Silver
--Colts D: Sad sacks no more
--Westbrook helps Eagles clinch
--Ravens are back in title form
--Dr. Z's Week 15 forecast

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

98 We're No. 1*
*But not playing in the title game. Why top-ranked USC got shafted
by Phil Taylor

--Bayou Bliss
LSU celebrated a Sugar Bowl berth after winning the SEC championship
by Kelley King

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

106 The Next Straw
D.J. Strawberry is thriving at Maryland as dad Darryl watches
by Michael Bamberger

HOCKEY

114 What's the Deal
After his so-so run in D.C., will anyone take pricey Jaromir
Jagr?
by Michael Farber

GOLF

120 Tiger's Away, Kids Play
Without him there, four Grand Slam rookies romped in Hawaii
by Austin Murphy

PRO FOOTBALL

124 Invisible Men
In the '30s the NFL barred blacks, so Harlem got its own 11 by
Daniel Coyle

COVER

PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL O'NEILL
COVER FLAP PHOTOS: JOHN BIEVER (BRADY); CARL YARBROUGH (KIDD)

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COLOR PHOTO: DAMIAN STROHMEYER; EXTENSION BY SI IMAGING LEATHER GLOVED Marvin Harrison of the Colts made a one-handedsnag against Tennessee (page 87).