The decade's not yet half-passed, but it has already produced a
passel of memorable photographs. These images achieve the goal
that has driven every SI photographer: to bring the magazine's
readers closer to the action (a Buckeyes quarterback framed by
the perfect crowd shot and Tiger painting one of his
masterpieces) and closer to the story behind the action (the burn
in Lance Armstrong's thighs and the inferno in Ray Lewis's eyes).
A classic photograph doesn't have to be an old photograph, as is
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY FRED VUICH 2001 TIGER WOODS In the driver's seat and heading for his second green jacket atAugusta.
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVE MARTIN/AP 2004 PHIL MICKELSON
demonstrated by these pictures: Serena making her stretch drive
at the French Open, Roger Clemens going batty in the World Series
and Phil Mickelson finally Mastering a major.
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY BOB MARTIN 2002 SERENA WILLIAMS
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANCIS SPECKER/NEW YORK POST 2000 ROGER CLEMENS
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY DAMIAN STROHMEYER 2001 RANDY MOSS The Vikings' receiver shows his fingertip control against theSteelers in Pittsburgh.
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHED BY DAVID BERGMAN 2002 CRAIG KRENZEL He may be wearing number 16, but he's No. 1 with Ohio State fansafter beating Michigan.
B/W PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY WALTER IOOSS JR. 2002 RAY LEWIS
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY V.J. LOVERO 2000 JASON GIAMBI
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY PHILIPPE MILLERREAU/DPPI 2002 LANCE ARMSTRONG
COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY HEINZ KLUETMEIER 2002 PETE SAMPRAS