10 Leading Off
BCS just can't be bashed enough
20 Catching Up With...
January 12, 2004
25 Air and Space
Coaches aren't fired. They're let go. That's nicer, isn't it?
by Steve Rushin
--Jay Williams vows to return
--Ravens' Modell says nevermore
--Pros will skirt ephedra ban
--Robert Plant gets third degree
38 Faces in the Crowd
94 The Life of Reilly
Call me Kissinger. I negotiated a USC-LSU title game
by Rick Reilly
SI'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
40 Drawn by Huskies
Two highly ranked basketball teams are Connecticut's No. 1 sports
by Michael Bamberger
86 The NBA
--Isiah rebuilds the Knicks
88 College Basketball
--Saint Joseph's: pass, press, win
--U.S. goalie shines at world juniors
A winner-take-half formula forced USC and LSU to share the
--The Trojans sacked Michigan in the Rose Bowl
by Austin Murphy
--The Tigers' D held off Oklahoma in the Sugar
by Tim Layden
--If LSU met USC...
--SI's All-Bowl Team
58 Save the Blazers?
That may be too much to ask of Portland's 22-year-old megatalent,
by Ian Thomsen
62 Do You Believe...?
Behind the inspired play of Brett Favre, the Packers continued
their magical run
by Peter King
--The Colts' Peyton Manning got off the playoff schneid
--A no-name Titans defender helped silence the Ravens
--Panthers wideout Steve Smith torched the Cowboys
--Dr. Z's forecast for Round 2
72 Rose's Confession
"I did bet on baseball," the banished Hit King concedes in his
new autobiography, My Prison Without Bars
by Pete Rose with Rick Hill
THREE COVERS THIS WEEK
Extraordinary news weeks call for unique actions. Pete Rose's
admission that he bet on baseball cried out for SI's cover, but
college football's co-champs, USC and LSU, also merited special
attention. So, while Rose is on all of our covers, the Trojans
get the big picture in California and the Tigers in Louisiana and
PHOTOGRAPHS BY WALTER IOOSS JR. (PETE ROSE); ROBERT BECK (USC);
AL TIELEMANS (LSU)
COVER FLAP PHOTO: BOB CHILD/AP
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