6 Leading Off
Slap asterisks on spitballers, too
15 Air and Space
In a rage over 'roids? Root for skinny ballplayers by Steve
Hootie-Martha war isn't over
Hockey players keep on swinging
Japan's Seabiscuit a lovable loser
Skating judges: You're all perfect!
April 4, 2004
27 Faces in the Crowd
156 The Life of Reilly
Aaron Boone is unlucky. Also honest. And caring by Rick
SI'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
30 Golden Oldie
Once the top event in boxing, the Chicago Golden Gloves is
still an entertaining show by Richard Hoffer
148 College Football
Callahan has Huskers throwing
Five other coaches at new schools
150 The NBA
Do Blazers want coach to go?
Scout on March Madness stars
152 The NHL
Nedved has Oilers gushing
Union chief enrages refs
BASEBALL PREVIEW 2004
50 Welcome to the New Age of Information
The game's conventional wisdom is taking a beating from a new
stat-crazy culture that turns baseball numbers inside out
by Tom Verducci
*Efficiency model: Frank Catalanotto?
*Five teams that made the right moves
*Smart stats, dumb stats
*Does clutch hitting truly exist?
*Where will the numbers game go?
*Jack McKeon: Who needs stats?
68 As So Often Happens?
A fielder makes a great play and leads off the next inning.
It's a common occurrence. Isn't it? A professor's research
ignites logistic feuding over one legendary statistic
by Roy Blount Jr.
74 Scouting Reports
We rank all 30 teams, tell you how they'll finish and predict
the playoff winners and, of course, the World Series champs
40 Four Cornerstones
To win the NCAA championship, each of the remaining teams will
require a peak performance from its indispensable player
by Grant Wahl
*How to Beat Connecticut *How to Beat Georgia Tech
*How to Beat Duke *How to Beat Oklahoma State
PHOTOGRAPH BY BRAD MANGIN
COVER FLAP PHOTOS: TOM DIPACE (RED SOX); V.J. LOVERO
(DIAMONDBACKS); CHUCK SOLOMON (ASTROS, MARLINS); AL TIELEMANS
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