The Lineup

August 22, 2004

DEPARTMENTS...

10 Leading Off

20 Contributors

22 Letters

Hail the conquering Lance!

25 Air and Space

Eating gyros can make you feel like a hero by Steve Rushin

26 Scorecard

• The Great Pigskin Debate

• Roenick's gambling ties

• Ivan Lendl, caddie

• Julia Child, Red Sox fan

38 Faces in the Crowd

110 The Life of Reilly

This Olympic torch song was a little off-key by Rick Reilly

INSIDE...

105 The NFL

• Dayne's Giant wait is over

107 Baseball

• Young Indians on the rise

• B.J. Upton: MLB's LeBron

• Is Martinez Hall-bound?

2004 Olympics

46 Water Craft

Michael Phelps has medals aplenty, gold and otherwise

by Tim Layden

52 Hi-Ho Silver!

U.S. gymnasts win first men's team medal in 20 years

by E.M. Swift

56 Bad Dream

Welcome to U.S. basketball's Olympic nightmare

by Jack McCallum

64 American Graffiti

Restraint's the key if the U.S. wants new friends in Athens

by S.L. Price

Plus • Rowing (page 50)

• Water Polo (page 51)

• Beach Volleyball (page 54)

• Softball (page 59)

• Synchronized Diving (page 60)

• Iraqi Soccer (page 63)

GOLF

70 Straits to the Top

V.J. Singh's PGA victory proved that he's the world's best player

by Alan Shipnuck

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

78 Little but Unbeatable

De La Salle High has won 151 consecutive football games

by Kelley King

TELEVISION

86 Boom Times

Back-back-back through 25 years with Chris Berman

by Charles P. Pierce

COVER

PHOTOGRAPH BY HEINZ KLUETMEIER

INSETS: ESPN (BERMAN); PIERRE-PHILLIPE MARCOU/GETTY IMAGES (COUGHLIN)

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COLOR PHOTOBILL FRAKES UPHOLDINGPaul Hamm hangs tough. COLOR PHOTOROBERT BECK (SINGH) WHISTLE-STOPSingh scored another major win in Wisconsin.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)