The Lineup

February 23, 2004

DEPARTMENTS

4 Leading Off

12 Letters
Hey, stop belittling Matt Kenseth

15 Air and Space
Mammon, God trade dunks during NBA All-Star week by Steve Rushin

16 Scorecard
--What can't Michael Phelps do?
--John Daly, workhorse, wins Buick
--Phillie Phanatic's head pinched
--The Show: Queer eye for NFL guy

24 Faces in the Crowd

80 The Life of Reilly
--Colorado players put woman kicker through hell by Rick Reilly

SI'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

28 Play Ball!
Nobody does spring training like the good folks at Florida's
Dodgertown by Tom Verducci

INSIDE ...

74 The NBA
--Carlos Boozer shows up doubters
--Assessing Rasheedless Blazers

75 The NHL
--Flyers keep changing, winning
--Proposed new rules not enough

76 College Basketball
--Cowboys in saddle in Big 12
--Heads up! Seed Report is back

BASEBALL

36 Hello, New York
By agreeing to move to third base, Alex Rodriguez got out of
Texas and into pinstripes by Tom Verducci

40 The Home Team
Returning to their Houston roots, pals Roger Clemens and Andy
Pettitte are happy Astros by Tom Verducci

NASCAR

48 Winning One for Dad
Dale Earnhardt Jr. charged to an emotional victory in the
Daytona 500 by Lars Anderson

PRO BASKETBALL

52 Unexpected All-Star
Milwaukee's sharpshooting guard Michael Redd showed he
belonged in L.A. by Chris Ballard

HOCKEY

56 The Importance of Ice
It's the most basic element in hockey, but getting it right
is one of the biggest headaches in sports. Here are the cold
facts by Michael Farber

--How the NHL ranks all its rinks
--At arenas in Florida, keeping the ice playable is no day at
the beach
--Driving a Zamboni sure looks like fun, but it's serious
business

SPECIAL REPORT

64 Out of Control?
Allegations of rape at a recruiting party rock the Colorado
football program by Kelli Anderson and George Dohrmann

COVER

PHOTOGRAPH BY JEFFERY A. SALTER
INSET PHOTOS: WALTER IOOSS JR. (ASTROS); KEVIN KANE/WIREIMAGE.COM
(EARNHARDT JR.); COVER FLAP PHOTOS: PETER GREGOIRE (EARNHARDTS);
DAVID WALBERG (NUMBER 8 CAR); WALTER IOOSS JR. (ASTROS, DODGERS);
ELISE AMENDOLA/AP (EVERT)

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COLOR PHOTO: DAVID WALBERG; BACKGROUND EXTENDED BY SI IMAGING 8 WAS ENOUGH Dale Earnhardt Jr. rolled to his first Daytona 500win (page 48).

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