The Lineup

February 16, 2004

DEPARTMENTS

4 Leading Off

10 Letters
Did we jinx Panthers and diss Colts?

13 Air and Space
Sex appeal, athletic prowess--bald guys have it all by Steve
Rushin

14 Scorecard
--Tagliabue calm in stormy week
--The General's salad bar battle
--NBA All-Stars' bodyguards
--Giving props to Lennox Lewis

24 Faces in the Crowd

90 The Life of Reilly
Bicycle built for two: Lance and Sheryl ride off together by Rick
Reilly

SI'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

26 Transition Game
No state loves basketball more than Indiana, but Hoosier hoops is
changing by L. Jon Wertheim

INSIDE ...

84 Track
--Mama Marion toughs out a win
--Three U.S. marathoners to Athens

85 The NHL
--Iginla fans Flames' playoff hopes
--Good idea: Return to one ref

86 College Basketball
--Tar Heels have work to do
--Hawkeyes running out of players

88 Baseball
--Tigers splurge on Pudge

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

34 Full Nelson
Led by Jameer Nelson, little St. Joseph's is thinking big
by Michael Bamberger

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

42 Stolen Goods
In a hot recruiting border war, Oklahoma took Texas's best
by Kelley King

NASCAR PREVIEW

62 A New Nation
The altered landscape of America's fastest sport

66 A Six-Pack to Go
Half a dozen high-powered Young Guns have come of age
by Lars Anderson

ATHENS 2004

72 Strange Genesis
A brawling Greek immigrant and a fiery pro wrestler are among
U.S. decathlete Tom Pappas's progenitors by Gary Smith

NBA MIDSEASON REPORT

46 Score Bored
New rules haven't restored freewheeling hoops. Fear not, fans: I
have solutions
by Jack McCallum
--Who's got D? Who doesn't? We polled the coaches

52 Turning Point
The Nets are reenergized with a little-known new coach by Ian
Thomsen
--SI's midseason awards
--Our second-half predictions for LeBron, Lakers and others

COVER
PHOTOGRAPH BY AL TIELEMANS
COVER FLAP PHOTO: DAMIAN STROHMEYER

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COLOR PHOTO: LIONEL CIRONNEAU/AP MORE THAN A FLING World decathlon champ Tom Pappas will aim forgold in Athens (page 72).

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