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The Lineup

Aug. 16, 2004
Aug. 16, 2004

Table of Contents
Aug. 16, 2004

Sports Illustrated Bonus Section: Golf Plus
Catching Up With ...
BASEBALL
Baseball
PRO FOOTBALL
THE OLYMPICS
2004 College Football Preview
The Life of Reilly
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The Lineup

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This is an article from the Aug. 16, 2004 issue

6 Leading Off

The Cheeseheads are coming!

The Cheeseheads are coming!

12 Letters

Readers KO’d by Gary Smith but PO’d about potty humor

14 Catching Up With ...

Hello, Duke Carlisle

17 Air and Space

Somebody’s actually paying John McEnroe to talk ... to his friends ... on TV by Steve Rushin

19 Scorecard

• In defense of hard-core fans

• NHL refs whistle ex-boss

• Computers crack salary caps

• A weird week, even for Becks

• Myskina sues over topless pix

• Fever Pitch goes Hollywood

32 Faces in the Crowd

138 The Life of Reilly

Who Can Find the Syringe? And other fun steroid games for the whole family by Rick Reilly

BASEBALL

46 A Blue Streak

The Dodgers created buzz with a hot July and a flurry of trades

by Alan Shipnuck

PRO FOOTBALL

52 Back in the Running

Can the Bills count on Willis McGahee’s repaired knee?

by Peter King

OLYMPICS

54 Pooling Resources

The U.S. water polo team has trained maniacally for Athens

by Bruce Schoenfeld

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW 2004

62 Fountain of Youth

USC has been bolstered by blue-chippers who are ready to play from Day One

by Austin Murphy

66 The Big Switch

At LSU, multiskilled athletes are playing multiple roles

by Kelley King

70 Who Wants It?

Heisman hopefuls beware, says Jason White

by Tim Layden

76 5-Minute Guide

SI’s 2004 All-America team; Heisman picks; Must-see games

78 Scouting Reports

In-depth analysis, key returnees and breakout players for SI’s Top 25

124 The Rest, 26–117

Why Idaho is only the second-worst team in the nation

128 It Was an Ugly Day

How an elite team recovers from the carnage of a 77–0 loss

by John Ed Bradley

COVER

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FLAPS: RODOLFO GONZALEZ/AP (YOUNG); AARON JOSEFCZYK/ICON SMI (ROSS)

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COLOR PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONMARK J. TERRILL/AP (CORA); BACKGROUND EXTENDED BY SI IMAGINGL.A. STORIESAlex Cora and his Dodgers teammates are positioning themselves for the postseason.COLOR PHOTOJON SOOHOO/WIREIMAGE.COM (LEINART/USC)USC quarterback Matt Leinart