The Lineup

March 29, 2004

DEPARTMENTS

8 Leading Off
14 Letters
Nothing sweeter than a bitter rivalry
17 Contributors
19 Air and Space
Mashed couch potato: 48 hours of the NCAAs on TV by Steve Rushin
21 Scorecard
--Peter King rates baseball, football
--Nobody wants Ugueth Urbina
--The Show: Terrell, happy at last
--Women still baffle Bachelor QB
30 Faces in the Crowd
88 The Life of Reilly
You want fun? Watch Maryland's coach go nuts by Rick Reilly

SI'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

32 Vermont Made
The U.S. Open draws the world's best snowboarders to the state
that mainstreamed them by E.M. Swift

INSIDE ...

84 The NBA
--Rasheed toughens Pistons' D
--Ailing Malone may skip Athens

86 The NFL
--New G.M. shakes up Bucs
--Top wideouts change uniforms

NCAA TOURNAMENT

44 Two-Round Knockout
A week of hotly contested games produced staggering upsets,
hard-earned vindication and stellar play from new faces. Here's
an inside look

--How giant-killers Alabama, Nevada and UAB blew up their brackets
--Duke and UConn breeze through but still have a lot to prove
--Rolling with the punches, SI's Grant Wahl revises his Final Four calls

BASEBALL

54 The Backyard Rookie
In St. Paul native Joe Mauer, the Twins have a sweet-swinging
young catcher ready to call the shots
by Daniel G. Habib

SOCCER

58 Ready for Freddy?
At 14, Freddy Adu is already the highest paid player in MLS. Now
it's time for him to play his first game
by Grant Wahl

OLYMPICS

62 Under the Gun
Battling the clock, wretched facilities and random violence, Iraq
races to build a team for the Athens Games
by Don Yaeger

HOCKEY

66 Battle of Ontario
The raucous rivalry between Ottawa and Toronto heats up the run
to the playoffs and incites fans in both cities
by Michael Farber

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

70 The Upset
Villanova's seismic victory over Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA
final was life altering for the Wildcats
by Tim Layden

COVER

PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT BECK
INSET PHOTOS: AL TIELEMANS (UAB); GARY BOGDON (ADU)
COVER FLAP PHOTOS: JAMES H. SCHRIEBL (VERMONT); DAMIAN STROHMEYER
(ST. JOE'S); DAVID E. KLUTHO (OKLAHOMA STATE); JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (TEXAS)

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COLOR PHOTO: JIM YOUNG/REUTERS DOWNSLIDE The Senators' Vaclav Varada does the limbo on collidingwith the Maple Leafs' Ed Belfour (page 66).

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