The Lineup

March 22, 2004

DEPARTMENTS

6 Leading Off

14 Letters
Howls of appreciation for T-Wolves

19 Air and Space
And a child shall lead us--even in the booth by Steve Rushin

22 Scorecard
--The other March Madness
--Haiti soccer team fights on
--Drew Aikman? Henson a Cowboy
--The Show: NBA's Worm watch

35 Faces in the Crowd

118 The Life of Reilly
Let's hear it for all who rallied round Pete Pihos by Rick Reilly

SI'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

40 High School Heaven
There's nothing in Minnesota to match the state hockey tournament
by George Dohrmann

INSIDE...

108 The NBA
Bucks' patient coach rallies team

113 Tennis
Williamses could quit proudly

116 Boxing
Wright unifies 154-pound crown

PRO BASKETBALL

48 Kobe's Two Worlds
Juggling his appearances in court with those on the court, Kobe
Bryant is playing great basketball
by Karl Taro Greenfeld

BASEBALL

52 Passion of J.D. Drew
Atlanta's new outfielder has fought insults and those who say his
religious devotion holds him back
by Jeff Pearlman

NHL SPECIAL REPORT

56 Code Red
After another horrific on-the-ice attack, the league has to clean
the violence from its game
by Michael Farber

SOCCER

90 A Yank in Manchester
In an improbable adventure Tim Howard has become the star goalie
of the game's most fabled club
by S.L. Price

BASEBALL

98 Lost in Translation
Like pitcher Kazuhiro Sasaki, many Japanese have found life in
the major leagues very tough
by Robert Whiting

NCAA Preview 2004

65 Game Breakers
When everything's on the line, they lift their teams
by Phil Taylor

74 5 Minute Guide
A fast look at who's hot and who's not at the Big Dance
by Seth Davis

76 Power Shift
For the first time in years no women's team is dominant
by Kelli Anderson

81 Which One?
SI's complete NCAA bracket breakdown
by Grant Wahl

COVER

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ED TRUSCIO
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT BECK (3); JOHN
BIEVER (1); BILL FRAKES (1); DAVID E. KLUTHO (4); JOHN W.
MCDONOUGH (4); MANNY MILLAN (6); BOB ROSATO (6); DAMIAN
STROHMEYER (1); AL TIELEMANS (7); AP (28); ICON/SMI (13); CBS
(2); WIREIMAGE.COM (2); GETTY IMAGES (2); NEIL BRAKE (1); STEVE
BUHMAN/SIU (1); DARREN CARROLL (1); MIRKO ILIC (1); STANLEY LEARY
(1); REUTERS (I); LES SCHOFER (1); DAVE SCOFIELD (1); DAVE STLUKA
(1); STEVE WOLTMANN/UIC (1)

COVER FLAP PHOTOS: BRUCE KLUCKHOHN (MINNESOTA); ROBERT BECK
(GONZAGA); JOHN BIEVER (KENTUCKY); DARREN CARROLL (TEXAS,
MISSISSIPPI STATE); DAVID E. KLUTHO (OKLAHOMA STATE); JOHN W.
MCDONOUGH (WASHINGTON); MANNY MILLAN (UCONN); ROBERT BECK (SAINT
JOSEPH'S)

ADDITIONAL GATEFOLD PICTURES BY JOHN BIEVER (1); BILL FRAKES (2);
MANNY MILLAN (1); GREG NELSON (1); BOB ROSATO (2); DAMIAN
STROHMEYER (1); REUTERS (1)

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COLOR PHOTO: AL TIELEMANS; BACKGROUND EXTENDED BY SI IMAGING LONG VIEW J.D. Drew looks forward to a fresh start with theBraves (page 52).

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