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The Lineup

March 15, 2004
March 15, 2004

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March 15, 2004

High School Sports
  • Thanks to a selfless coach, the sons of Mexican migrants in a dirt-poor California town turned their backs on drugs and gangs and built an athletic dynasty. But what would they do without him?

The Lineup

DEPARTMENTS

This is an article from the March 15, 2004 issue

4 Leading Off

12 Letters
A-Rod, Boss deserve each other

15 Air and Space
I confess: I'm a WWE wannabe by Stone Mold
Steve Rushin

16 Scorecard
--A Vet veteran's mixed memories
--Sports crowds out of control?
--Jellybean Bryant unretires
--Farewell, Marge Schott

26 Faces in the Crowd

76 The Life of Reilly
One day kids will study the Juiced Ballplayer Era
by Rick Reilly

SI'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

28 Not to Be Missed
The ACC tournament, dominated by North Carolina schools, is one
hot ticket by Seth Davis

INSIDE...

74 The NBA
--Sixers ought to unload Iverson
--Scout's take on Kings' Webber

75 The NHL
--Bruins load up for Cup fight
--Bad blood on Team Canada staff
--Coyotes goalie cools off

BASEBALL

36 Is This the Asterisk Era?
New questions about steroids have cast doubt on the legitimacy of
power-hitting records
by Tom Verducci

40 What Can You Do, Bud?
We threw some hard stuff at the commissioner and he...well, he
fouled off a lot of them
by Tom Verducci

Can the Feds Clean It Up?
They just might--if they keep up the pressure on the major
leagues
by Jeff Greenfield

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

46 Huskies Join the Hunt
By knocking off No. 1 Stanford, scrappy Washington may have
staked a tournament claim
by Kelli Anderson

PRO FOOTBALL

50 March Madness
During a five-day free-agent feeding frenzy, teams bulked up
their rosters with fat contracts
by Peter King

PRO BASKETBALL

54 The Pair Up There
The Rookie of the Year race is neck and neck between Carmelo
Anthony and LeBron James
by Ian Thomsen

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

58 Running for Their Lives
Thanks to a selfless coach, the sons of migrants in a poor
California town shunned drugs and built an athletic dynasty
by Gary Smith

COVER
PHOTOGRAPH BY BRAD MANGIN
INSET PHOTO: ED BAILEY/AP
COVER FLAP PHOTOS: PAUL JASIENSKI/NFL PHOTOS (OWENS); SCOTT
WATCHER/ICON SMI (PORTIS); MARK HUMPHREY/AP (KEARSE); HEINZ
KLUETMEIER (JORDAN); BILL LIVINGSTON/WIREIMAGE.COM (PETTY)

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B/W ILLUSTRATION: LARRY WRIGHT/CAGLE CARTOONS INC. TAKING A HIT Baseball's steroid scandal got lots of ink fromnewspaper cartoonists (page 36).