SPECIAL DOUBLE ISSUE 2003 IN REVIEW
SEEING THE BIG PICTURE
A photo essay on the essence of sports--combining toughness,
courage, heart, speed, grace, power...and even a little
ONE LAST HURRAH
Sports lost some noble athletes in 2003, from Althea Gibson to
Warren Spahn, from George Plimpton to Spectacular Bid
THE GREAT, BIG ROUNDUP
So many stories of triumph, and so many surprises--it would be
impossible to touch on them all...or would it?
December 29, 2003
DO YOU SMELL WHAT I SMELL?
Sports isn't just winners--it's also stinkers like DUI McMahon
and Twiggy, the Water-Skiing Squirrel
By Steve Rushin
PLAYING AGAINST THE CLOCK
What possible sense can a father make of busted fingers and
endless swim meets and four confounding, athletic children?
By Rick Telander
8 Leading Off
A standing O for the O-linemen
31 Air and Space
A Yule log of far-flung characters with a Christmas tie
by Steve Rushin
--Room at the top for blacks
--Signing up for consensual sex
--Is this autograph authentic?
--Dr. Z's tribute to Otto Graham
40 Faces in the Crowd
144 The Life of Reilly
A year's worth of happiness for a dying sports fan by Rick Reilly
SI's 50TH ANNIVERSARY
42 Sooner Surprise
Football, sure, but who knew Oklahoma had flipped for gymnastics?
by Brian Cazeneuve
132 College Football
--The longest Division III run ends
134 The NFL
--Bucs G.M. jumps to division rival
139 The NBA
--Cavs are better without Davis
140 College Basketball
--Why the Cardinal rules out west
143 The NHL
--U.S. the favorite in world juniors
PHOTOGRAPHS BY RICHARD CORMAN;
DIGITALLY RETOUCHED BY JOE ZEFF
COVER FLAP PHOTOS: BILL FRAKES (GYMNASTICS);
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